Yara Shahidi also commented on the social uprising taking place in the nation. “As somebody who’s a self-proclaimed history nerd, I’m not surprised; it’s just the re-emergence of a movement,” the Black-ish star shared. “I think what’s fascinating is how we get caught up in the idea that, because it’s 2017, nothing like this could occur,” she added. “I feel like many people harbor hate for so long and we overlook it. What was so shocking was that Charlottesville made us look at it in all of its ugliness.”
Shadihi went on to praise those advocating for equality by saying, “What I appreciate about the counter-protesters is the idea that protesting is not a lost cause, nor is it a lost movement. If anything, it [can be] the rallying of positive energy, which in any and all forms is much needed. But it is crazy to feel as though there are very distinct moments we can go back to within our history and feel like we are going through a reincarnation of that same moment; it’s what my [maternal] grandfather went through as a Black Panther.”
Asia Monet and Imani Knox, daughter of Shanice Wilson and Flex Alexander, were also in attendance at this year’s GIRL CULT event. Check out two candids of the young stars below!