7 Inspiring Quotes By Yara Shahidi | The Dreamers Issue

BY Harper's BAZAAR Arabia / Sep 9 2020 / 11:00 AM

The actress, producer, and activist has a lot to say when it comes to topics on growing up in a multicultural home, family and hope for the future

7 Inspiring Quotes By Yara Shahidi | The Dreamers Issue

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Whether it be the Johnson family’s living room on Emmy Award-winning sitcom Black-ish; a university dorm on her very own spin-off show Grown-ish; or holding a discussion with Angela Davis about dismantling the patriarchy and the importance of voting, Yara Shahidi has been involved in a number of interesting conversations and has a lot to say on all topics.

Born in Minnesota to an African-American mother and Iranian father, 20-year-old Yara started her career as a child, appearing in commercials for the likes of Ralph Lauren, Disney and McDonald’s. She went on to become a household name at just 14 after bagging the part of Zoey Johnson on Black-ish – a show that’s celebrated for addressing race, culture and socio-economic issues. 

Bazaar shares some of the actress and activist's most poignant and provoking quotes from her interview with Sarah Garden for 'The Dreamers' September issue here.

On Black-ish and Growing Up In A Multicultural Family...

“So many families don’t have the privilege of turning these subjects on and off. Even with my own family, when an episode ends I don’t have the privilege of saying ‘well that conversation is over with’ because these are things that affect us 24/7. So to be able to air an episode that dives into these issues, of what it’s like to grow up as a black family, is important for our very large audience to see.”

On Uncertainty... 

“What the pandemic has brought is the knowledge that nothing is certain, so you have to be as dynamic as the circumstances."

On Re-Writing History...

"I think [we should] continue to create a more realistic version of history that doesn’t push forward this [idea] that Europe was the centre of the world. What we’re ignoring are the levels of contribution that everywhere else in the world made to our development and wellbeing. I don’t know if people would equate technological innovation to the Middle East, although if there was a fair portrait in our history, there would be a better understanding.”

On Her Relationship With Her Mother

“When I think of the impact she has made on many people in our lives, whether they are just passing through or people we’ve had lifelong friendships with, it comes down to her being present enough to be able to service them to the best of their ability. It’s knowing that we may have a common anchor, but all our experiences are different.”

On Confidence...

“I’d be lying if I said I always had this level of confidence. It’s something that, as I’ve grown up, I’ve had to be reminded of. I think this is a universal experience for many people, regardless of your intersection of identity. Often times you’re not in the majority and therefore it feels like, are you really supposed to be here? It doesn’t matter how qualified you are, or how many things you’ve done to get there. It’s something that I need to be reminded of daily!”

On Hope...

“I think the reason that I try and remain hopeful is I’m watching my peers innovate and find new ways of doing things that are even more efficient than they were before."

Click here to read the full interview.