Actor, Producer, and Change Agent
Yara Shahidi is an award-winning actress, producer, and the breakout star of ABC’s Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated series black-ish. Currently, she serves as executive producer and lead of Freeform’s series, grown-ish, a spinoff of ABC’s black-ish. Identified as a leader of the New Hollywood guard, she has received numerous accolades for her work outside of entertainment, such as TIME Magazine’s 30 Most Influential Teens, Forbes 30 Under 30, British Vogue Forces for Change, Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year and Essence Magazine’s Black Women in Hollywood to name a few. Inspired by her extensive work with President and First Lady Obama, Shahidi founded Eighteen x 18, now called WeVoteNext, to shine a light on Gen Z and BIPOC inclusion in the political process. This May, she graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Social Studies and African American Studies. Next up, Shahidi will take on the role of Tinker Bell in Disney’s live-action film, Peter Pan & Wendy, and will star and executive produce Amazon Studio’s Sitting in Bars with Cake.