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Oprah Winfrey Calls Yara Shahidi One of 'the Most Profound 17-Year-Olds Alive'

Oprah Winfrey Calls Yara Shahidi One of 'the Most Profound 17-Year-Olds Alive'

Oprah Winfrey has nothing but praise for Yara Shahidi!

The 64-year-old talk show host and the 17-year-old Black‑ish actress spoke on stage during Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations at The Apollo Theater on Wednesday (February 7) in New York City.

Oprah even called the actress, activist, and Harvard-bound scholar one of “the most profound 17-year-olds alive.”

“Our generation realizes that age has never been a limit in terms of social activity and being able to look back at the civil rights movement… and see that it does not matter how old you are to get engaged,” Yara said (via ET). “If anything, it is so important to make it our mission, especially if you have the privilege to do so, to be socially aware and to help our global community.”

Yara also revealed that she plans on launching an initiative called “18 by ’18″ to increase voter turnout among young voters, in the hope of to turning activism into “quantifiable action,” to which Oprah replied, “I don’t think I ever knew the words ‘quantifiable action…’ when I was 17.”

“Your future is so bright it burns my eyes,” Oprah added.

Oprah at the Apollo will air on February 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and will be available via podcast at Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations.

Yara continued the discussion during her appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday. Watch the video below.


Yara Shahidi Is Turning 18 And Having A ‘Voting Party’

FYI: Yara is wearing RAEN glasses on Colbert.

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  • rosaryblue

    Oprah gives me such bad vibes these days

  • wearing

    Yara is amazing

  • Angelette Holtrust

    Oprah is all about the color of your skin

  • Stoni

    She most definitely is!

  • cafeast

    Does this land whale care anything beyond race and black ppl? I love how weak white ppl in the US let this sort of bullshit happen. Her blatant racism keeps getting rewarded by awards and interminable praises.

  • Gina

    She’s racist how? Because she wants to uplift a community that has long been oppressed. Cry me a river.

  • Gina

    And? What’s wrong with her wanting to encourage and uplift black people?

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  • cafeast

    Ughh… you again?
    Uplift what community, your kind? The men who f- the Kardashians? The hood variety fried chicken crowd?
    If US had a black majority population, nobody would want to become an immigrant. You see what happens when black ppl get to “rule” themselves and kick whites out.
    Detroit, Baltimore, South Africa… deranged, depraved, degenerate poverty stricken barren wastelands… Black ppl are nothing w/o whites deciding what’s best for them. Now go watch black panther to see the cheap PC myth fantasy that will never come to pass in RL.
    Otherwise, go f- yourself.

  • Gina

    Ahh, now I see why you’re such a bitter bitch. A black man f*cked your girl; rode her hard and put her away wet. It’s all starting to make sense.

  • wearing

    If you were educated, you’d know the deeper history and implications colonization had on africa. you obviously are on your period, because in addition to being a dumbass ranter, you’re racist today too. have people in real life told you youre not worth keeping?

  • cafeast

    wahh waaahh waaahhhh… get over it. Nobody wants to live in Africa, nor Baltimore. Not even blacks. Black ppl are less intellectually capable and civilized. Why lie about it? Africa is entirely reliant on the West, with useless ppl reproducing like sewer rats, infected with the hiv.

  • cafeast

    Where I live, negroes do not exist. Thank god… whatever little that are allowed in either sell drugs or sell more drugs. Bye Vagina. Make sure you sit on a good baby daddy’s cock next time, maybe he’ll take you to see the negro cat movie.

  • Gina

    I’ll take that as a yes.

  • wearing

    how you view black people is how we all view you, charlie.

  • cafeast

    I’m fine with that. I never fucked the aids monkey though.