Shahidi at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||Yara Sayeh Shahidi|
February 10, 2000
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Yara Sayeh Shahidi (Persian : یارا سایه شهیدی; Persian pronunciation: [jɒːɾɒː sɒːje ʃæhiːdiː] ;born February 10, 2000) is an American actress, model and activist. She gained recognition for her starring role as 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) and Smallfoot (2018). A student at Harvard University, Shahidi has been noted for her activism advocating for female and racial equality and political awareness.
Persian, also known by its endonym Farsi, is one of the Western Iranian languages within the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family. It is 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, which itself evolved from the Aramaic alphabet.
The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the largest city by population is New York. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico. The State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U.S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
A sitcom, short for "situation comedy", is a genre of comedy centered on a fixed set of characters who carry over from episode to episode. Sitcoms can be contrasted with sketch comedy, where a troupe may use new characters in each sketch, and stand-up comedy, where a comedian tells jokes and stories to an audience. Sitcoms originated in radio, but today are found mostly on television as one of its dominant narrative forms. This form can also include mockumentaries.
Yara Shahidi was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to an Iranian American father, Afshin Shahidi,a photographer, and to mother Keri Salter Shahidi, who is African American and Choctaw heritage The family moved to California for Afshin's work when Yara was 4. 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 cousin.
Minneapolis is the county seat of Hennepin County and the larger of the Twin Cities, the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the United States. As of 2017, Minneapolis is the largest city in the state of Minnesota and 45th-largest in the United States, with an estimated population of 422,331. The Twin Cities metropolitan area consists of Minneapolis, its neighbor Saint Paul, and suburbs which altogether contain about 3.6 million people, and is the third-largest economic center in the Midwest.
Minnesota is a state in the Upper Midwest and northern regions of the United States. Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd U.S. state on May 11, 1858, created from the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory. The state has a large number of lakes, and is known by the slogan the "Land of 10,000 Lakes". Its official motto is L'Étoile du Nord.
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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.
McDonald's is an American fast food company, founded in 1940 as a restaurant operated by Richard and Maurice McDonald, in San Bernardino, California, United States. They rechristened their business as a hamburger stand, and later turned the company into a franchise, with the Golden Arches logo being introduced in 1953 at a location in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1955, Ray Kroc, a businessman, joined the company as a franchise agent and proceeded to purchase the chain from the McDonald brothers. McDonald's had its original headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, but moved its global headquarters to Chicago in early 2018.
Ralph Lauren, KBE is an American fashion designer, philanthropist, and business executive, best known for the Ralph Lauren Corporation, a global multibillion-dollar enterprise. He has also become well known for his collection of rare automobiles, some of which have been displayed in museum exhibits. Lauren stepped down as CEO of the company in September 2015 but remains executive chairman and chief creative officer. As of 2018, Forbes estimates his wealth at $7.2 billion, which makes Ralph Lauren the 91st richest person in America.
Target Corporation is the eighth-largest department store retailer in the United States, and is a component of the S&P 500 Index. Founded by George Dayton and headquartered in Minneapolis, the company was originally named Goodfellow Dry Goods in June 1902 before being renamed the Dayton's Dry Goods Company in 1903 and later the Dayton Company in 1910. The first Target store opened in Roseville, Minnesota in 1962 while the parent company was renamed the Dayton Corporation in 1967. It became the Dayton-Hudson Corporation after merging with the J.L. Hudson Company in 1969 and held ownership of several department store chains including Dayton's, Hudson's, Marshall Field's, and Mervyn's.
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 .
Edward Regan Murphy is an American comedian, actor, screen writer, singer, and film producer. Murphy was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984. He has worked as a stand-up comedian and was ranked #10 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.
Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American film studio based in Hollywood, California, that has been a subsidiary of the American media conglomerate Viacom since 1994. Paramount is the fifth oldest surviving film studio in the world, the second oldest in the United States, and the sole member of the "Big Six" film studios still located in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Hollywood.
Imagine That is a 2009 comedy film starring Eddie Murphy directed by Karey Kirkpatrick and written by Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson. It centers on the relationship between a workaholic father (Murphy) and his daughter, Olivia, whose imaginary world becomes the solution to her father's success.
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'.
Black-ish is an American sitcom television series starring Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, broadcast on ABC. The single-camera comedy centers on an upper-middle-class African-American family. The series premiered on September 24, 2014 and in April 2017 was renewed for a fourth season, which premiered on October 3, 2017. Since the second-season premiere, the show has received critical acclaim, receiving many awards and nominations including a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for Tracee Ellis Ross, Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series, and a TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in 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.
Women of color is a phrase used to describe female persons of color. The political term "women of color" surfaced in the violence against women movement. In the late seventies it unified all women experiencing multiple layers of marginalization with race or ethnicity as a common issue.
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 is an actor and activist. She founded Eighteen x 18 with social news publisher NowThis,“which will be a platform to encourage my 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 has led her to many accomplishments. She had been 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.
|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)
|2016–2017||Trollhunters||Darcy (voice)||10 episodes|
|2018–present||Grown-ish||Zoey Johnson||Lead role; 15 episodes|
Cicely L. Tyson is an American actress and former fashion model whose acting career has spanned more than six decades. Tyson is the recipient of three Primetime Emmy Awards, four Black Reel Awards, one Screen Actor Guild Award, one Tony Award and an honorary Academy Award.
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Tracee Ellis Ross is an American actress, model, comedian, director and television host, best known for her lead role as Joan Clayton in the comedy series Girlfriends (2000–2008) and Dr. Rainbow Johnson in the comedy series Black-ish (2014–present).
Viola Davis is an American actress and producer. She is the recipient of several awards, and is the first black actor to have won an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award in acting, named the Triple Crown of Acting.
Siobhán Merritt Wever is an American actress. She is known for her role as the perennially upbeat young nurse Zoey Barkow in Nurse Jackie (2009–2015), for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2013; for a main role in the Netflix miniseries Godless, for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie in 2018; and for her supporting roles as Suzanne in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006–2007), as Elizabeth in New Girl (2013), and as Denise Cloyd in The Walking Dead (2015–2016). Wever has also played supporting roles in such films as Michael Clayton (2007), Tiny Furniture (2010), and Birdman or (2014).
Kellee Stewart is an American actress.
Francia Raisa Almendarez is an American actress. Raisa is known for her roles in Bring It On: All or Nothing, The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Grown-ish.
Afro-Iranians are people of Black African descent residing in Iran. Most Afro-Iranians are concentrated in the provinces of Hormozagan, Sistan and Baluchestan and Khuzestan.
Zoey Francis Thompson Deutch is an American actress and producer.
Sayeed Shahidi is an American child actor and model.
Marcus Scribner is an American actor. He is best known for starring as Andre Johnson Jr. on the ABC sitcom Black-ish and voicing the character Bow in the critically acclaimed Netflix animated series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.
Denise Huxtable Kendall is a fictional character who appears on the American sitcom The Cosby Show (1984–1991), portrayed by actress Lisa Bonet. Denise also stars in the first season of its spin-off sitcom, A Different World (1987). The second-born child of Cliff and Clair Huxtable, Denise is known for her eccentric clothing and free-spirited, rebellious nature, earning her a reputation as the Huxtable family's wild child. Alternating between being a regular and recurring character, Denise appears on the sitcom on-and-off throughout its eight-year run, from its pilot "Theo's Economic Lesson" to the seventh season episode "Cliff and Jake", for a total of 98 episodes, after which Bonet departed for the remainder of the series.
Marsai Martin is an American actress, singer, and producer. She is known for her role as Diane Johnson in the ABC comedy series Black-ish. She is set to star and executive produce the 2019 Universal Pictures comedy film Little.
Elaine Marie Welteroth is an American journalist and editor. In April 2016, Welteroth was named editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, making her the second person of African-American heritage in Condé Nast's 107-year history to hold such a title. Her promotion to editor at age 29 makes her the youngest in Condé Nast history to become editor. When she became beauty director of Teen Vogue in 2012, Welteroth was the first person of African-American heritage to serve in the role. She is credited for the notable increase of Teen Vogue coverage of politics and social justice, encouraging readers to become civically engaged, specifically during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Under Welteroth's leadership of Teen Vogue's shifting format, the magazine developed its first YouTube channel, featuring content on diverse subjects from campus style to cultural appropriation. The final print edition of Teen Vogue was December 2017.
The third season of Black-ish aired from September 21, 2016 to May 10, 2017 on ABC in the United States. It is produced by Khalabo Ink Society, Cinema Gypsy Productions, Principato-Young Entertainment and ABC Studios, with creator Kenya Barris, who also served as executive producer alongside Anthony Anderson, Brian Dobbins, Jonathon Groff and Helen Sugland.
Grown-ish is an American sitcom series and a spin-off of the ABC series Black-ish. The single-camera comedy follows the Johnsons' eldest daughter Zoey as she heads off to college and begins her journey to adulthood but quickly discovers that not everything goes her way once she leaves the nest she always knew. Deon Cole, Trevor Jackson, Francia Raisa, Emily Arlook, Jordan Buhat, Chloe x Halle, Luka Sabbat, and Chris Parnell also star.
The fourth season of Black-ish aired from October 3, 2017 which concluded on May 15, 2018 on ABC in the United States. It is produced by Khalabo Ink Society, Cinema Gypsy Productions, Principato-Young Entertainment and ABC Studios, with creator Kenya Barris, who also serves as executive producer alongside Anthony Anderson, Brian Dobbins, Jonathan Groff and Helen Sugland.
The fifth season of Black-ish began airing on October 16, 2018 on ABC in the United States. It is produced by Khalabo Ink Society, Cinema Gypsy Productions, Principato-Young Entertainment and ABC Studios, with creator Kenya Barris, who also serves as executive producer alongside Anthony Anderson, Brian Dobbins, Jonathan Groff and Helen Sugland.
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.