Shahidi in 2018
Yara Sayeh Shahidi
February 10, 2000
|Occupation||Actor, model, activist, student|
Yara Sayeh Shahidi (Persian : یارا سایه شاهیدی; Persian pronunciation: [jɒːɾɒː sɒːje ʃæhiːdiː] ; born February 10, 2000) is an American actor, model and activist. She gained recognition for her starring role as the oldest daughter Zoey Johnson on the sitcom Black-ish (2014–present) and its spin-off series Grown-ish (2018–present). Her film credits include Imagine That (2009), Smallfoot (2018), and the lead role in The Sun Is Also a Star (2019).
Persian, also known by its endonym Farsi, is a Western Iranian language within the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family. It is a pluricentric language primarily spoken in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and some other regions which historically were Persianate societies and considered part of Greater Iran. It is written right to left in the Persian alphabet, a modified variant of the Arabic script.
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Yara Sayeh Shahidi was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Keri Salter Shahidi and Afshin Shahidi,a photographer. Her father is Iranian American. Her mother is African American, of Yoruba and Fulbe descent, and also has Choctaw heritage. The family moved to California for Afshin's work when Yara was 4 years old. She is the older sister of child actor and model Sayeed Shahidi and they have a younger brother, Ehsan. Keri Shahidi states the name Yara means "Someone who is close to your heart", the name Sayeed means "Blessing", and Ehsan means "To act as though God is watching". The rapper Nas is their once-removed cousin.
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She began her career when she was 6 years old,appearing in television and print advertisements for companies such as McDonald's, Ralph Lauren, Target, GapKids, Disney, Guess Kids and The Children's Place. She frequently worked with her mother and younger brother in various print and broadcast campaigns.
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Shahidi made her cinematic debut in 2009, starring opposite Eddie Murphy in Paramount Pictures' Imagine That,for which she received a Young Artist Award nomination for the best performance in a feature film category. She also appeared in the Angelina Jolie action film Salt in 2010 as a next door neighbor. In 2012, she played Chloe Johnson, the daughter of President William Johnson, in the TV series The First Family .
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In September 2014, Shahidi starred in ABC's prime-time comedy Black-ish as 14-year-old Zoey Johnson.In December 2014 she won an NAACP Image Award in the category of 'Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy'.
In 2016, she signed to model with New York's Women Management modeling agency, in hopes of providing a platform to see more women of color in diverse roles.
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ABC announced in 2017 that Shahidi would be headlining a Black-ish spinoff, titled Grown-ish , on its sister network Freeform. The series premiered on January 3, 2018.
She was ranked one of the best dressed women in 2018 by fashion website Net-a-Porter.
Shahidi founded Eighteen x 18 with social news publisher NowThis,which "will be a platform to encourage [her] peers to vote for the very first time in our upcoming midterm elections." Her other organizations include Yara's Club a partnership with Young Women's Leadership Network (YWLN) of New York, which provides online mentorship in hopes to end poverty through education.
Shahidi's activism was noticed by former first lady Michelle Obama, who wrote her a letter of recommendation to Harvard University.She was also given the opportunity by Teen Vogue to interview Hillary Clinton in 2017.
Shahidi has publicly supported Jussie Smollett after reports that Smollett faked a hate crime for personal and monetary gain.In April, 2019, at the NAACP Image Awards, Shahidi stated, "I stand with Jussie" after Chris Rock made jokes at Smollett's expense.
|2009||Imagine That||Olivia Danielson|
|2010||Salt||Salt's Young Neighbor|
|2012||Alex Cross||Janelle Cross|
|2019||The Sun Is Also a Star||Natasha Kingsley|
|2007||Entourage||Kandace West||Episode: "No Cannes Do"|
|2009||In the Motherhood||Esther||5 episodes|
|Cold Case||Meesha Sullivan '91||Episode: "Read Between the Lines"|
|Wizards of Waverly Place||Olive||Episode: "Doll House"|
|2010||Lie to Me||Olivia||Episode: "Teacher and Pupils"|
|$h*! My Dad Says||Girl Scout||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2011||The Cape||Layla||Episode: "Endgame"|
|Family Guy||Little Girl (voice)||Episode: "Episode VI: It's a Trap"|
|Rip City||Montana||Television movie|
|2012||The Finder||Adina||Episode: "The Conversation"|
|2012–2013||The First Family||Chloe Johnson||23 episodes|
|2013||Scandal||Young Olivia Pope||2 episodes|
|2014||Bad Teacher||Jalissa||Episode: "Pilot"|
|The Fosters||Maddie||2 episodes|
|2014–present||Black-ish||Zoey Johnson||Main role (seasons 1–3), Recurring role (season 4–present); 79 episodes|
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2015)
BET Award for YoungStar (2017)
Nominated – BET Award for YoungStar (2016)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Comedy TV Actress (2017)
|2016–2018||Trollhunters||Darcy (voice)||10 episodes|
|2018–present||Grown-ish||Zoey Johnson||Lead role; 15 episodes|
|2019–present||3Below: Tales of Arcadia||Darcy (voice)||3 episodes|
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Zoey, the Johnson’s eldest daughter, is played by a sixteen-year-old, Iranian American actress. Born to Iranian father, Afshin Shahidi and mother of mixed African American and Native Choctaw heritage, Keri Salter, Yara Shahidi lived in Minneapolis before moving to California at a young age.