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Shahidi at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||Yara Sayeh Shahidi
February 10, 2000
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Life and career
Shahidi was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to an African-American mother, Keri-Salter Shahidi, and an Iranian father, Afshin Shahidi, a photographer. The family moved to California, for Afshin's work, when Yara was 4. She is the older sister of child actor Sayeed Shahidi; they are second-cousins to popular rapper Nas 
She began her career when she was 6 years old, appearing in television and print advertisements for companies such as McDonald's, Ralph Lauren, Target, GapKids, Disney, Guess Kids, and Children's Place. She frequently worked with her mother and younger brother in various print and broadcast campaigns.
In September 2014, Shahidi starred in ABC's prime-time comedy Black-ish as 14-year-old Zoey Johnson. In December 2014 she was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the category of 'Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy'.
|2009||Imagine That||Olivia Danielson|
|2010||Salt||Salt's Young Neighbor|
|2011||Rip City||Montana||Television movie|
|2012||Alex Cross||Janelle Cross|
|2007||Entourage||Kandace West||Episode: "No Cannes Do"|
|2009||In the Motherhood||Esther||5 episodes|
|2009||Cold Case||Meesha Sullivan '91||Episode: "Read Between the Lines"|
|2009||Wizards of Waverly Place||Olive||Episode: "Doll House"|
|2010||Lie to Me||Olivia||Episode: "Teacher and Pupils"|
|2010||$h*! My Dad Says||Girl Scout||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2011||The Cape||Layla||Episode: "Endgame"|
|2011||Family Guy||Little Girl (voice)||Episode: "Episode VI: It's a Trap"|
|2012||The Finder||Adina||Episode: "The Conversation"|
|2012–2013||The First Family||Chloe Johnson||23 episodes|
|2013||Scandal||Young Olivia Pope||2 episodes|
|2014–present||Black-ish||Zoey Johnson||12 episodes
Pending—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
|2014||Bad Teacher||Jalissa||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2014||The Fosters||Maddie||2 episodes|
- Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002
- "All about Yara". June 1, 2009. Retrieved March 22, 2010.
- Name (October 22, 2010). "Yara Shahidi: A Star On The Rise". Drfunkenberry.com. Retrieved December 2, 2012.
- Shahidi, Yara. Chocolate Mommy http://instagram.com/chocolatemommyluv. Retrieved September 14, 2013. Missing or empty
- "Blackish Nominated for Six NAACP Image Awards". Blackish Fans. Retrieved 12 January 2015.