Women Empowerment Wednesday: Yara Shahidi
Anyone who knows me, is inevitably familiar with the emphasis that I put on the Empowerment not only of Women, but more importantly of our Youth. Coming from a household where personal and social awareness were in constant conversation, and the seeking of one's passions and purpose were consistently explored, I was blessed with the internal consciousness of these necessities since a very young age. Thus, the majority of my life has been mapped out with the underlaying and overarching theme/focus of enlightenment and progressive impact.
Fast forward to my household today, in which these conversations are being had with my other-half's fifteen and seventeen year old soon-to-be agents of change. Each day, we share our experiences and cross-examine the ever changing societal paradigm between our generations. I find it very interesting and exciting to explore the perspective(s) of Generation Z, their eagerness to learn, their zeal to feel in a real way, and their passion to create. A while back, "the dynamic duo" (further) introduced me to a bright young woman, who is relentlessly using her instrument to impact, enlighten, and change.
who many of you might recognize as her character "Zoey" in the hit ABC Television series "Black-ish," is a 17 year old African/Iranian-American young woman, originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has spent most of her life as a performer in Television, Film, and Modeling in Los Angeles, California. Having also come from a family in which social awareness, and activism was emphasized, Shahidi alongside her mother and a long lineage of humanitarians, has dedicated her time and efforts toward public service.
As I began to follow her works and influence more acutely, it ignited a very familiar fire in me that has served as not only an inspiration, but a motivation to remain steadfast in my purpose. Aside from a college letter recommendation from our recent first-lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, a 5.0 Grade Point Average, and acceptance into each prestigious college/university to which she applied (including my alma mater, the illustrious Spelman College), I believe that the soon-to-be Harvard Freshman's words will Empower you, more than a post in her honor ever could. As she has much enlightenment to share, it would be limiting to share just one of her speaking engagements, thus I am sharing a few.
(Ps. Shout out to my hair twin (as the kids call her) and all of the Black-Girl Magic she is sharing through her love for her natural hair!)
Also, don't forget to keep an eye out for her new "Black-ish" spinoff as her character "Zoey" also heads o college.