Yara Shahidi is an actress, philanthropist, activist and breakout star of ABC’s Emmy and Golden Globe nominated comedy series “Black-ish.” Shahidi stars as popular teen “Zoey Johnson,” an ambitious, technologically infatuated high school student. Since the multi award winning series launched in fall 2014, Shahidi has been awarded a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress, a Gracie Award for Female in a Breakthrough Role and was most recently highlighted on TIME Magazine’s annual ’30 Most Influential Teens’ list on behalf of her television contributions and humanitarianism. Shahidi is definitely one of Hollywood’s most heralded young talents as she continues to use her platform to empower and inspire others.
A senior in high school, and accelerated for her age, Shahidi is currently preparing for college admissions, with plans to apply to elite institutions such as Barnard, Brown, New York University and Harvard.
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