Yara Shahidi gets political in ‘THR’ cover story and opens up about activism
Although the actress is heading to Harvard this Fall, she’s also gearing up for the second season of her black-ish spinoff, Grown-ish.
Here are 3 things we learned from her latest interview:
She’s super serious about voting. For her 18th birthday, Yara Shahidi decided on a voter-themed party complete with a real registration booth. Now, she’s working on finalizing plans for her Eighteen x 18 organization’s first national summit in Los Angeles. “My passion really stemmed from having gone through the 2016 election, where myself and many of my peers were unable to vote,” she says. “A lot of them went with their parents to the polls, but there was that feeling of being lost. Like, ‘What can we do to contribute to our sociopolitical landscape?'”
She’s the voice of her generation. “The thing people don’t fully understand about my generation is just how multifaceted we are,” she says. “Oftentimes, people like to oversimplify what [we] believe in or do, whether that’s, ‘Oh, you’re on your phones all the time,’ or, ‘Oh, you’re very self-centered,’ but what I’ve seen from my peers is that we’re socially engaged and curious about the world.”
She’s not too happy with the media. “The knowledge disparity stems from the fact that news isn’t marketed to me and my peers. It’s as though it doesn’t pertain to us, even though half of these policies that are being implemented will affect us. We know people who are immigrants, we know people who are undocumented …”
Check out the full interview on THR.