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Yara Shahidi Gets In Sibling Bonding Time With Brother Sayeed at the Park

Yara Shahidi Gets In Sibling Bonding Time With Brother Sayeed at the Park

Yara Shahidi hangs out at a park earlier this week in Los Angeles.

The 20-year-old grown-ish star was joined by her little brother Sayeed for a little sibling time.

Yara‘s latest outing comes off the heels of a couple of major announcements for her career.

Just last week, it was revealed that Yara and her black-ish co-star Marsai Martin have joined the voice cast of the upcoming Paw Patrol movie, with quite a few more big names.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Yara will be taking on the role of Tinker Bell in the upcoming live action Peter Pan film!

“Thank you for all of the love. It, truly, means so much to me 💕🧚🏽‍♂️ I’m excited for this next adventure!” she wrote on Instagram after the Tinker Bell news was revealed.

FYI: Yara is wearing a PacSun t-shirt and denim.

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Yara Shahidi, Marsai Martin & Iain Armitage Join The Cast of 'Paw Patrol: The Movie'

Yara Shahidi, Marsai Martin & Iain Armitage Join The Cast of 'Paw Patrol: The Movie'

Yara Shahidi and Marsai Martin have joined the cast of the upcoming Paw Patrol: The Movie!

The black-ish co-stars are among quite a few celebs who will be lending their voices to the animated film, which will continue growing the Paw Patrol franchise.

Young Sheldon‘s Iain Armitage, Kim Kardashian, Jimmy Kimmel, Randall Park, Tyler Perry, Dax Shepard and Will Brisbin have all also joined the star-studded cast.

Iain has been keeping this secret and only telling his younger cousins! Very excited,” Iain‘s parents wrote on his Twitter account.

“Exciting news and great to be in such inspiring company! Paw Patrol the Movie!” he added on Instagram.

Here’s a synopsis: Ryder and the pups are called to Adventure City to stop Mayor Humdinger from turning the bustling metropolis into a state of chaos. Get ready for exciting missions, high-stake rescues, new pups and amazing new vehicles making this the biggest Paw Patrol story ever!

Paw Patrol, which is in it’s seventh season, currently airs in 160 countries, in 30 languages, and follows the adventures of a tech-savvy boy named Ryder and his team of pups who are ready to save the day. Whenever there’s trouble, pups Chase, Marshall, Rubble, Zuma, Rocky and Skye are ready for action, no matter what comes their way. With a mission to work together to keep Adventure Bay safe, no job is too big, and no pup is too small.

Yara Shahidi Cast As Tinker Bell In Live Action 'Peter Pan' Movie!

Yara Shahidi Cast As Tinker Bell In Live Action 'Peter Pan' Movie!

Yara Shahidi will be getting some wings!

The 20-year-old grown-ish star has reportedly been cast as Tinker Bell in the upcoming live action Peter Pan & Wendy, according to Deadline.

Yara joins the ever growing cast of the new Peter Pan film. Also cast in the movie include Jude Law as Captain Hook, Alexander Molony as Peter Pan and Ever Anderson as Wendy.

Yara‘s casting in the film is pretty notable as Tinkerbell has traditionally been a white character. She joins her grown-ish co-star Halle Bailey in being cast in roles that have previously only been played by white actors.

Halle will of course be playing Ariel in the upcoming live action The Little Mermaid.

Just last month, it was announced that Yara had signed an overall deal with ABC, and formed a production company alongside her mom under that deal.

Yara Shahidi, Marsai Martin & More Get Animated For Upcoming 'black-ish' Episode

Yara Shahidi, Marsai Martin & More Get Animated For Upcoming 'black-ish' Episode

The cast of black-ish are getting the cartoon treatment!

The Johnson family – Yara Shahidi (Zoey), Marcus Scribner (Junior), Marsai Martin (Diane) and Miles Brown (Jack), along with Anthony Anderson (Dre), Tracee Ellis Ross (Rainbow), Jenifer Lewis (Ruby) and Laurence Fishburne (Pops) – all got animated for half of an upcoming one hour election special. The youngest Devonte Johnson, played by twins Austin and Berlin Gross, did not get the animated treatment.

Here’s a synopsis: Junior is excited for his first time voting but discovers he has been purged from the voter polls so he does a deep dive into why – trying to understand the systems in place for voter registration.

In part two, the animated episode, Dre’s colleague Stevens (Peter Mackenzie) makes an ill-advised decision to run for Congress, so Dre enlists his family’s help and campaigns against him but gets caught up with fundraising and private interest groups.

The “Election Special” will air on October 4th at 10pm ET on ABC. Then, season seven will premiere in it’s regular time slot on Wednesday, October 21 at 9:30pm ET.

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Yara Shahidi Dishes On Redefining The Voice of a Black Artist

Yara Shahidi Dishes On Redefining The Voice of a Black Artist

Yara Shahidi is opening up about starting her own production company!

The 20-year-old grown-ish star recently launched 7th Sun Productions alongside her mom Keri and ABC Studios.

Now, Yara is speaking out about redefining the voice of a Black artist and forming her company.

“At 20, I’m working on honoring all of my desires, honoring what I’m passionate about. The lesson that my mother taught me at a really young age is the fact that my voice belongs in these spaces,” Yara told WSJ. Magazine.

“At the same time, I feel like I’ve been unintentionally trained to be an amenable person,” she continued. “Being amenable has oftentimes been weaponized against [Black artists], because we operate in the binary of either you’re amenable or you’re aggressive. As we create things that haven’t been seen before, we’re also saying, OK, let’s redefine the concept of risk when you’re bringing in a young writer of color or a young writer of any [race, sexuality, gender, etc.].”

“Many creators inspire me, especially young ones, like [20-year-old] Phillip Youmans, who did [the 2019 critically acclaimed drama] Burning Cane,” Yara added. “I feel like we’re really seeing the uptick in incredibly young filmmakers because Hollywood is becoming more accessible in terms of the ability to produce and distribute content.”

“But we know that the digital space, especially for Black and brown creators, is extremely divisive,” she said. “When you put content out into the world [on social media], based on those terms and agreements that we all click through, the content isn’t ours. It ends up being co-opted, and it ends up being taken and not credited.”

Yara Shahidi Signs Overall Deal with ABC Studios, Forms Production Company with Mom Keri!

Yara Shahidi Signs Overall Deal with ABC Studios, Forms Production Company with Mom Keri!

Yara Shahidi just inked a sweet new deal with ABC Studios!

The grown-ish star and her mom Keri are forming their own production company called 7th Sun as part of the deal, Variety reports.

The mother-daughter duo will “develop and produce scripted and alternative television projects for cable, streaming and broadcast.”

“I’m thrilled to be partnering with my home family, ABC Studios, in this exciting next chapter, alongside my family,” Yara dished. “It’s exciting to add our production company to the roster of my peers and mentors who are also actively committed to sharing meaningful stories.”

“We can’t wait to extend and expand our relationship with the incredibly talented Yara Shahidi, who has been a member of the family since black-ish,” ABC Studios president Jonnie Davis said in a statement. “When she’s not studying at Harvard and starring in our series grown-ish, she’s mentoring and inspiring other young people, which makes us all feel like underachievers but also very proud that she’s part of our Studio.”

Yara currently stars in and serves as a producer on her Freeform series grown-ish, and she was also a co-executive producer on the short film Hair Love.

Yara Shahidi Opens Up About Reclaiming Black Joy & 'Reconstructing Our Reality'

Yara Shahidi Opens Up About Reclaiming Black Joy & 'Reconstructing Our Reality'

Yara Shahidi is speaking out about the Black Lives Matter movement and moving forward from this moment in time.

The 20-year-old grown-ish star and activist opened up in a new interview for the August digital issue of Elle. See what she said:

On reclaiming Black joy and what that means to her: “Mentorship. When I think of fashion, for example, I’m grateful to be in a community. My stylist, Jason Bolden, has always prioritized what it means to support Black people in the fashion industry. We’ve consistently been in conversations about how to use this space for something that’s powerful. Who are we bringing into these moments? Who can we open doors for? Who can we be in community with? Joy comes from being able to consistently embrace our sense of community and revel in our culture year-round. We must believe that there is something that we’re fighting for in order to keep fighting.”

On continuing to do the work after a monumental moment like this: “I think about my Black and brown communities. I think about my figurative aunties and uncles in this, who supported more nuanced narratives with people and used their platform for good. I think the difference [in the past] was a lot of work was pretty quiet and there wasn’t as much of a public narrative around it, but the work was still being done. And so I think when I stepped into the space of being a series regular on a show, I was already involved in a cast, but also in a larger Black entertainment community that was consistently reckoning with questions like, ‘What is our role on television? What are the obligations we need our networks to make? And what are the environments that we need to live in to consistently make sure that we are responsible with our media?’ I think about so many people that I’m grateful to be in a community with; we may not know at first glance, but I can attest to the fact that they’re doing the work 24/7, 100 percent of the time, with whatever their platform is.”

On reconstructing what the future looks like: “Society tries to take away our ability to imagine, it takes away our ability to participate in a larger collective and nuanced Black imaginary world, because we are consistently burdened with the task of dealing with our reality. There’s very little space to participate in something that is unknown, because there’s so much to handle in our present. We need this imagination and creative force to completely reconstruct our reality. To not only destroy, but to completely reconstruct what the future looks like.”

For more from Yara‘s interview, head over to Elle.com!

In case you missed it, see what Yara said about the important life lesson her parents taught her at a young age.