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Yara Shahidi urges fight against ‘identity blind narrative’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yara Shahidi brought the crowd to its feet at the GLSEN Respect Awards as she warned against an "identity blind narrative" in the struggle for acceptance of all.
‘black-ish’ creator Kenya Barris leaving ABC Studio
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The creator of the ABC comedy "black-ish" is leaving the network.
Barris confirmed his departure from ABC Studios in an Instagram post Friday in which he thanked those who had helped him and said he was "nervous but ready" for his next steps.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yara Shahidi will be honored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network for her advocacy for girls' education at a gala later this year.
The group known as GLSEN announced Wednesday that the "grown-ish" star will receive its Game Changer Award at its Respect Awards, presented in October in Beverly Hills, California. Shahidi has advocated for gender parity in science, technology and engineering fields.
The complete list of winners of the 2018 BET Awards, presented Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles:
— Video of the year: Drake
— Best male R&B/pop artist: Bruno Mars
— Best female R&B/pop Artist: Beyonce
— Best male hip hop artist: Kendrick Lamar
— Best female hip hop artist: Cardi B
— Best new artist: SZA
— Album of the year: "DAMN." Kendrick Lamar
— Best group: Migos
— Best gospel/inspirational award: Lecrae featuring Tori Kelly
NEW YORK (AP) — Cleo Wade is known for not only her poetry, but her positive, uplifting Instagram mantras that have earned a following that includes Yara Shahidi and Jessica Alba.
So it's not surprising that on a day when she's running around like crazy promoting her new book, she doesn't complain about being tired, but has another affirmation that fuels her eternally optimistic outlook.
Actress Yara Shahidi hopes to inspire tiny acts of good
NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Yara Shahidi wants young people to know that little by little, it's possible to make a difference in the world.
The star of Freeform's "Grown-ish" is one of a group of influencers across the globe taking part in a movement called Little x Little.
There are more than 2 billion people worldwide born between the mid-1990s and mid-2000s making up Generation Z.
During the recent inaugural Freeform Summit in Los Angeles, “grown-ish” executive producer Kenya Barris and executive vice president, programming and development, Karey Burke surprised series lead Yara Shahidi with the news that the network has ordered a second season of the critically acclaimed breakout comedy.
Prince photographer Afshin Shahidi shares his intimate trove
NEW YORK (AP) — No assistants. No wardrobe or make up people. No lighting technicians.
That's how Afshin Shahidi spent his most cherished moments with Prince over nearly a decade as his go-to photographer, and he included many of their more intimate encounters among 250 photos in his recent book, "Prince: A Private View."
Blige, Rae and Boseman among NAACP Image Awards presenters
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mary J. Blige, Sterling K. Brown, Issa Rae and Chadwick Boseman will be among the presenters at the upcoming NAACP Image Awards.
Numerous other stars, including actors Michael B. Jordan, Terry Crews, Yara Shahidi and "Get Out" star Daniel Kaluuya are also scheduled to present awards during Monday's ceremony, which honors entertainers and writers of color.
Thirty years ago "The Cosby Show" shipped one of its daughters off to college, creating the spinoff "A Different World."
"black-ish" pulls off a similar operation with "Grown-ish," a good-ish comedy whose change of venue also represents a sign of the synergistic times.
Reopening the files
Double trouble: Chloe x Halle act, sing on TV’s ‘grown-ish’
NEW YORK (AP) — When the duo Chloe x Halle accepted an award on behalf of Beyonce, who had just given birth, at the 2017 BET Awards, they not only honored their mentor, they landed a gig on the upcoming TV show, "grown-ish."
The sisters said Kenya Barris, the executive producer of the hit ABC series "black-ish" and its spinoff "grown-ish," saw the singers at the awards show with actress Yara Shahidi — who stars in both of his shows — and he knew there was something special about the trio.
Golden Globe-winning actress Taraji P. Henson will host “Black Girls Rock! 2017, airing at 8 p.m. Tuesday on BET.
Teen Choice stars react to ‘heartbreaking’ Charlottesville events
NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters has been added to the list of honorees at BET's 2017 Black Girls Rock Awards.
BET said the congresswoman will earn the Social Humanitarian Award for "being a fearless and outspoken advocate for under-served population." The event, hosted by Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson, takes place Saturday at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
NEW YORK (AP) — Taraji P. Henson will host BET's 2017 Black Girls Rock Awards honoring "Insecure" creator and star Issa Rae and others.
BET said the Oscar nominee and "Empire" actress will host the Aug. 5 event at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
Rae, who is the also the writer behind "Insecure," will receive the Star Power Award. The HBO show launched its second season this week.
Winners at Sunday night’s BET Awards in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A list of winners of the 2017 BET Awards, presented Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles:
— Video of the year: Bruno Mars, "24K Magic"; Beyonce, "Sorry"
NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Brown, DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne and New Edition have been added as performers at this month's BET Awards.
The network announced Tuesday that Post Malone and Roman GianArthur would join previously announced performers Bruno Mars, Migos and Future on June 25 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Other set to hit the stage include Trey Songz, Tamar Braxton and Jessie Reyez. "Saturday Night Live" comic Leslie Jones will be host.
Yara Shahidi, known for her portrayal of Zoey Johnson on the hit ABC comedy “black-ish,” is slated to star in a spinoff of the series for Freeform. According to Hollywood Reporter, the comedy starring Shahidi is near a deal for a series pickup at ABC’s younger-skewing corporate sister network.
Rashida Jones, daughter of legendary producer Quincy Jones and “Mod Squad” actress Peggy Lipton, guest-stars in all-new, back-to-back episodes of “black-ish,” airing at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday on ABC. Jones is currently starring in “Angie Tribeca” on TBS.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Black-ish" star Yara Shahidi had lots of fans and supporters as she applied for college. She also had a letter of recommendation — and some encouragement — from Michelle Obama.
Rae gets laughs, King draws tears at Essence pre-Oscar gala
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Actresses Aja Naomi King and Yara Shahidi quoted James Baldwin. "Insecure" creator Issa Rae shared awkward memories of her first trip down a Hollywood red carpet. And singer-songwriter Janelle Monae, who makes her acting debut in two films best-picture nominated films at Sunday's Oscars, insisted black women "have a right to have our stories told."
Issa Rae feels ‘validated’ by Black Women in Hollywood honor
When Issa Rae watched Oprah Winfrey being honored at Essence magazine's Black Women in Hollywood Awards last year, the actress hoped she would one day be recognized in the same fashion. But she didn't think it would come this soon.
Rae, Janelle Monae, Aja Naomi King and Yara Shahidi will be honored Thursday in Los Angeles at the magazine's 10th annual awards. Past honorees include Oprah Winfrey, Viola Davis, Halle Berry, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer.
Black Women in Hollywood Awards to fete Monae, Rae, others
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Essence magazine will celebrate Janelle Monae, Issa Rae, Aja Naomi King and Yara Shahidi at its 10th annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards.
The magazine announced Thursday that it will recognize "Hollywood's Next Generation" at a gala dinner hosted by Gabrielle Union in the days leading up to the Oscars. The Black Women in Hollywood Awards will be held Feb. 23 at the Beverly Wilshire.
First lady to chat via Skype with girls around the globe
NEW YORK (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama will mark International Day of the Girl on Oct. 11 by Skyping with girls around the world about education challenges in their lives.
The event is sponsored by Glamour magazine's The Girl Project, which offers education help to more than 50 million girls worldwide.
Obama will be joined from the Newseum in Washington, D.C., by "Black-ish" actress Yara Shahidi and Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive.
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