Yara Shahidi is definitely a beloved actress not only among her castmates but world-wide. From her fashion to her activism, to her quirky teenage antics, Shahidi has managed to charm her way into the American fiber, definitely capturing to the title of “America’s Sweetheart.”
It is no wonder why on February 23, 2017 at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, Essence Magazine honored Shahidi and more at the 10th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards & Gala. Shahidi, along with honorees Janelle Monae, Issa Rae, Aja Naomi King, received the “Generation Next” award, as they carry on the torch for the next generation of Hollywood elite.
Tune in Sunday, March 5th, when the Gala will air on the OWN Network at 10 p.m. ET/PT. However, in the meantime, check out our gallery highlighting some of Yara Shahidi’s most notable moments from the event.