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Zendaya, Yara Shahidi & Kat Graham Get Individual 'Kode' Mag Covers - See Them All!

Zendaya, Yara Shahidi & Kat Graham Get Individual 'Kode' Mag Covers - See Them All!

Check out all the Zendaya and Yara Shahidi‘s individual covers for Kode magazine!

The two young actresses shared the cover of the new issue with Aja Naomi King, Serayah, Kat Graham and Kiersey Clemons. Check out what they had to say in their interviews below:

Zendaya on the African American community connecting with their roots: “I think it would bring a lot of pride. I think it has done that already a little bit. I notice on social media little hash-tags, like when we have #BlackOutDay or #MelaninMonday or #BlackGirlmagic – however small a hash-tag may be, they mean a lot and are beautiful to see. When you scroll through and see people embracing their natural curls or their skin and being confident in it and feeling that it’s beautiful – that is something that’s really cool to see. Especially on social media, which is usually very negative. And all of that starts with having pride in who you are.”

Yara on identifying as black: “When I was little, I didn’t feel the pressure, because again it was something fun that I loved to do, but I think growing up I became more aware of it. I was aware that there was a pressure. I never fully experienced it, because we were very careful even just in auditioning, that I would only audition for something that I would be proud to be a part of. It would be interesting to go out for things where I was called for the role of the ‘ambiguous’ person. Whereas if there was a role for an Iranian person, for example, they wouldn’t exactly put me in that category – I’d be the ambiguous person. I was neither. There were plenty of roles where it was like – we’re looking for the young black girl and she’s going to be the sidekick best friend who only talks in hash-tags and says YOLO every three seconds, and through affirmative action helps to get her best friend into school. There were plenty of those roles out there. By knowing that that’s not what I wanted to do as an actress or for my community either, I avoided much of that pressure.

Kat on being a positive role model: “You know – I’m a black girl. My mom even said to me when I was younger, ‘You need to take projects that make your race proud. You need to be a positive representative.’ It’s not just – oh I’m going to play a strong African American woman on a television show. It’s also what you do when you’re not shooting, in your free time. Are you going to be walking red carpets to get fashion press, or are you going to be actually dedicating your time to helping people? Maybe visit refugee camps, or go profile people, work for the U.N. refugee agency, you know – take some damn responsibility for the fact that people are watching you.”

Serayah on thinking outside skin tone: “I think being honest with ourselves and not taking every little thing so personally. We have to open to one another. I don’t even know the half of it. Someone who is a grandparent or a great grandparent could help me to understand why inequality is the way it is – how we got to this point, where we came from. Just being honest and open about the situation, that racism does occur and it is happening all around us is the first step to moving forward. Letting it be a conversation among different races – we get very sensitive about the subjects and so we don’t hear each other out. That’s where a lot of communication gets lost, and one person is called out as being not sufficient, you know? And the pattern just repeats.”

For more of their interviews, head to Kodemag.com

10+ pics inside…

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Zendaya Goes Blonde For 'Kode' Mag With Yara Shahidi

Zendaya Goes Blonde For 'Kode' Mag With Yara Shahidi

Zendaya sports a short, blonde pixie cut for the cover of Kode Magazine‘s 10th Issue.

The 19-year-old K.C. Undercover actress joined Empire‘s Serayah, black-ish‘s Yara Shahidi, Kat Graham, Kiersey Clemons and How To Get Away With Murder‘s Aja Naomi King for the glossy’s special issue, which celebrated the young black actresses of today.

In their joint feature, the ladies discuss upcoming projects as well as what it truly means to be a black women in Hollywood and why it matters so much.

Stay tuned for all their individual covers, too!

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Kat Graham to Star in Tupac Movie 'All Eyez on Me'

Kat Graham to Star in Tupac Movie 'All Eyez on Me'

Kat Graham just landed a role in the new Tupac movie All Eyez on Me.

The 26-year-old The Vampire Diaries actress will portray real life actress Jada Pinkett-Smith in the movie. Jada and Tupac, who was shot and killed in 1996, were friends in school and remained friends until his death.

Demetrius Shipp, Jr. is starring in the film as Tupac and The Walking Dead‘s Danai Gurira is taking on the role of his mother, Afeni Shakur.

No reported release date has been set for the film.

Ian Somerhalder & Paul Wesley Hit the Golden Globes After Party!

Ian Somerhalder & Paul Wesley Hit the Golden Globes After Party!

Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley both look so hot while posing in their tuxedos at the InStyle & Warner Bros. after party following the 2016 Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday (January 10) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The two Vampire Diaries co-stars attended the event with their lovely ladies, Nikki Reed and Phoebe Tonkin. Their fellow castmate Kat Graham also was seen at the party!

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ian Somerhalder

FYI: Ian is wearing a Dior tuxedo, John Varvatos shoes, and John Hardy cuff links. Nikki is wearing a Naeem Khan dress, Brian Atwood shoes, a Monique Lhuillier bag, Bavna earrings, and a Graziela Gems ring. Kat is wearing a Yanina Couture dress, Brian Atwood shoes, a Kate Spade bag, and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. Paul is wearing Theory. Phoebe is wearing Charlotte Olympia shoes.

25+ pictures inside of Ian Somerhalder, Nikki Reed, and more at the party… More Here! »

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Ian Somerhalder & Paul Wesley Attend Art of Elysium Gala with Their Ladies!

Ian Somerhalder & Paul Wesley Attend Art of Elysium Gala with Their Ladies!

Nikki Reed and Phoebe Tonkin have the hottest dates in town while stepping out at the 2016 Art of Elysium Heaven Gala held at 3LABS on Saturday (January 9) in Culver City, Calif.

The ladies each had their own arm candy on the double – Nikki‘s husband Ian Somerhalder and Phoebe‘s boyfriend Paul Wesley. The guys star on The Vampire Diaries and their co-star Kat Graham also was at the event.

Other stars showing their support included The Flash‘s Danielle Panabaker and UnREAL‘s Arielle Kebbel.

FYI: Nikki is wearing a Solace London dress, Brian Atwood shoes, and a Rodo clutch. Arielle is wearing a Swarovski clutch and earrings. Danielle is wearing a SAFiYAA gown and a Carrera y Carrera ring. Kat is wearing a Mety Choa dress, Casadei shoes, a Swarovski clutch, and Bavna jewelry.

35+ pictures inside of the stars attending the 2016 Art of Elysium GalaMore Here! »

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Melissa Benoist, Kat Graham, & Katherine McNamara Attends PCAs 2016!

Melissa Benoist, Kat Graham, & Katherine McNamara Attends PCAs 2016!

Melissa Benoist couldn’t look any more gorgeous while stepping up to the microphone on stage at the 2016 People’s Choice Awards held at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday (January 6) in Los Angeles.

The 27-year-old Supergirl star accepted Favorite New TV Drama on behalf of the show that night.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Melissa Benoist

.The Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham and Shadowhunters actress Katherine McNamara were also in attendance and looked stunning.

20+ pics inside of Melissa Benoist, Kat Graham, and Katherine McNamara at the Peoples Choice AwardsMore Here! »

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Kat Graham Parties in Style After 'Saturday Night Live' in New York City

Kat Graham Parties in Style After 'Saturday Night Live' in New York City

Kat Graham looks stunning in red while heading out of the Saturday Night Live after-party at Hill Country restaurant on Saturday evening (December 12) in New York City.

The 26-year-old Vampire Diaries star partied with a bunch of the cast, including that night’s host, Chris Hemsworth.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Kat Graham

“Amazing show tonight @jaypharoah #SNL,” Kat captioned an Instagram photo, which you can see below!

In case you missed it, check out our recent chat with Kat about what’s coming up for Bonnie and Enzo (Michael Malarkey) on TVD!

More Here! »

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Zendaya on Disney Stars: 'There's a Lot of Pressure'

Zendaya on Disney Stars: 'There's a Lot of Pressure'

Zendaya looks terrific in teal while arriving at T-Boz Unplugged held at The Avalon on Sunday (December 6) in Hollywood.

The 19-year-old K.C. Undercover star was joined The Vampire Diaries actress Kat Graham.

Zendaya recently opened up about the pressures of being a role model with Disney stars, including Miley Cyrus.

“I think again it’s that real model, role model thing. A lot of them were forced into being role models and they had to pretend to be something that they didn’t feel matched up with who they were,” Z told Complex. “And that’s because they started really, really young. So you’ve got to realize when you’re really young you don’t know who you are yet. And as soon as you figure it out, you’ve already been forced to become something that you didn’t really know you signed up for.”

Zendaya continued, “So it’s like, I get it. There’s a lot of pressure, so I completely understand. Everyone has their different ways of learning and growing and finding out who they are, and you can’t fault people for that. Again, I think with all the prior Disney stars, at least you can say they are themselves now.”

FYI: Zendaya wore a Ports1961 blouse and slacks. Kat wore Jeffry Tan pants.

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