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‘Black-ish’ Star Yara Shahidi, An Unofficial Ambassador For Gen Z : Code Switch : NPR

‘Black-ish’ Star Yara Shahidi, An Unofficial Ambassador For Gen Z : Code Switch : NPR


Yara Shahidi has to navigate complex racial issues both inside and outside the world of Black-ish.

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Yara Shahidi has to navigate complex racial issues both inside and outside the world of Black-ish.

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In some ways, Yara Shahidi is a lot like Zoey Johnson, the character she plays on ABC’s comedy Black-ish. Shahidi, like Johnson, is a 17 year old high school student with several younger siblings, so the two have hit some of the same social and familial milestones at the same time.

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