"Every Step That I Take Is True To Me"

Marsai Martin is on the cover of ESSENCE magazine’s new digital installment called Girls United! The Black-ish star talks about rewriting the rules in Hollywood and life at large.


“It really sucks to say, but people are just now starting to understand that we as Black people have very creative minds and we won’t stop until we get there,” Marsai says. At just 16-years-old, Marsai Martin has the credit of being one of the youngest executive producers in Hollywood. The teen’s first executively produced film, Littl made its debut last year.

“Honestly, when I pitched the film, I thought about it as a whole bunch of dudes sitting around a table talking about our projects and what we have in our heads,” Marsai shares with Girls United. Will Packer and Kenya Barris, Black-ish creator, were the other “dudes” sitting at the table with Marsai to make the film a reality.

Some criticized Little for being overly simplistic. Martin, however, continues to build her brand as both an actress and producer in Hollywood. The teen even has a company, called Genius Productions, that works to ensure Martin has a seat at the table.

“I never want to pretend to be someone that I’m not,” Marsai tells Girls United. “Every step that I take is true to me,” the young star adds.

You can catch Marsai Martin every week on ABC’s Black-ish. Stay tuned for more Marsai Martin production news!

Photography: Ramona Rosales  @ramonarosales 



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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