Yara Shahidi is probably one of the most prolific individuals of Generation Z. From acting to modeling to activism, this talented teen does it all. Recently, the Grown-ish star sat down and spoke with Oprah during her upcoming TV special, Oprah at the Apollo, explaining how she plans to encourage her generation to join her in changing the world.
“Our generation realizes that age has never been a limit in terms of social activity and being able to look back at the civil rights movement and see that it does not matter how old you are to get engaged,” Yara said during the taping at the Apollo Theater, according to Entertainment Tonight. “If anything, it is so important to make it our mission, especially if you have the privilege to do so, to be socially aware and to help our global community.”
Shahidi, who recently turned 18 on February 10th, shared that she will team up with Eighteen X ’18 in order to encourage teens to become politically involved and get out and vote; therefore, turning their activism into “quantifiable action.”
I think my 17th Year may have been my favorite. Then again, I leave every year thinking it to be my best, only for it to get topped by the next. But this particular revolution around the sun has been full of love, fantastic music, college app anticipation, family, last minute travel, inside jokes with my brothers, therapeutic conversations with my amazing parental unit, realizing I'm grownish, wandering, wondering, figuring out friendships, friends who are like family, the launching of voting initiatives, new mentors, fashūn moments, James Baldwin books, entering new creative spaces, entering new adolescent spaces, and so much more. Eternally grateful for the beauty that I've been able to experience amidst a terrifying of political Year. Thank you to all who surround me for demonstrating the beauty that arises from action and for giving me tools so that I may take confident strides ✨ #18
After the conversation, Oprah told Shahidi, “your future is so bright it burns my eyes.” And we couldn’t agree more!