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Yara Shahidi Says Growing Up Under the Trump Administration Has Helped Her Find Her True Friends

Yara Shahidi Says Growing Up Under the Trump Administration Has Helped Her Find Her True Friends

Yara Shahidi strikes a fun pose on the cover of Net-a-Porter’s weekly digital magazine PorterEdit!

Here’s what the 18-year-old Black-ish star had to share with the mag:

On how celebrities face backlash for being political: “There is so much fear of actors being political, like that’s not our place, even though I feel that media has always been so inherently political. In the photos that you see of Martin Luther King Jr., even at the march on Washington, there’s Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte and James Baldwin, and all of these other creatives. I think media is both progressive and extremely orthodox and conservative at the same time. Things will happen in the movies before they happen in real life. Sidney Poitier winning an Oscar as a black man was just surreal and at the same time it symbolized forward movement in society.”

On her friends joking about her fake ID: “My friends have always said that if I got a fake ID, it would be to vote early.”

On how the current political climate has had some surprisingly positive effects on her: “I think, oddly, it’s exciting because I don’t think that I would look forward to voting as much if there hadn’t been so much duress happening. It has made life less self-centric, it’s more about community now. And, I mean, it timed out really well for me in terms of going through this stage where you are trying to find your friend group, trying to find who you are, and for so many people to have this common agreement to want to help one another with everything that’s happening. It’s not usually how you start a friendship group: ‘You’re socially aware? Cool, great. We are friends now.’ So that’s really special.”

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  • CB

    Yara, you can’t be “socially aware” if you don’t recognise the other side and listen to their opinions and consider their feelings and beliefs. So, no matter which party you belong too, go across the aisle as they say, and start a conversation.

  • cafeast

    You only have a career b/c you’re black. I hope you’re socially aware about that as well. Dumbass social charity project…

  • Curt Noydb

    So she is one-year-o[d? Growing up under the Trump Administration? GFYC

  • Amber

    You’re clearly a racist.

  • Sara

    Start a convo with a racist and a racist administration?

  • Janet Suarez

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  • CB

    You’re sad. Just because some might not agree with your politics doesn’t make them wrong or a racist. People throw out these words and all it does is dilute the actual meaning.

  • cafeast

    Whatever, it is teh truth. Sorry for your delicate snowflake ears.

  • Dana

    It’s 2018 and you just said “whatever” to racism. Thats so fucking insolent.

  • cafeast

    Everyone is racist, mostly black ppl. I do not need to rejoice in the inferiority of their nature or circumstances. Look at oprah. That fat land whale only cares about black superiority, not racial equality.
    I am not white btw, but thank god also not black. It is not my fault black ppl are born black and choose to be lowly.
    Get over it.