Since the series ‘Black-ish’ debuted in September 2014, Yara Shahidi has been inspiring her generation as an actress, activist and scholar. Her performance as Zoey Johnson, a naive technologically infatuated teen school girl, is simply astonishing. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Shahidi used to spent her vacations with her grandfather, assisting him in his Persian Rug business. Shahidi’s father is a well-known cinematographer and her mother is an established model. She made her debut in the entertainment industry along with her mother while appearing in several commercials. Her first breakthrough in films was the role of Olivia Danielson in Paramount’s ‘Imagine That’, alongside Eddie Murphy.
Shahidi decided to make acting her profession after her successful stint in the television series like ABC’s ‘In the Motherhood’, CBS’s ‘Cold Case,’ Disney’s ‘Wizards of Waverly Place,’ FOX’s ‘Lie to Me,’ and ‘The Finder’ among others. ‘Scandal’ and ‘The Fosters’ made her a household name with a significant fan base among teen and tween viewers. Shahidi’s major breakthrough in the movies was the role of the daughter of Samuel L. Jackson in Sony Pictures’ ‘Unthinkable.’ Columbia Pictures’ ‘Salt,’ in which she played alongside Angelina Jolie, and as Tyler Perry’s daughter in ‘Alex Cross’ helped her to book her establish herself as one of the most exciting young actresses.
Yara has won numerous accolades for her portrayal of Zoey Johnson in ‘Black-ish’, including an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, nomination for a Teen Choice Award and a Gracie Award for Female in a Breakthrough Role in 2016. She has also been featured in The New York Times, Variety’s Youth Impact and Next Big Thing issues. So now you might be wondering what is the next Yara Shahidi movie or TV show? Well, here’s the list of upcoming Yara Shahidi films and TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Yara Shahidi movies would be as good as some of her recent ones.
3. Black-ish (2014 – )
ABC’s flag-bearer sitcom ‘Black-ish‘ enters its sixth season and Johnsons, the African American family which is at the center of the plot, has been a fan-favourite since 2014. ‘Black-ish’ depicts the lives of the Johnson family members — Andre Johnson (Anthony Anderson), Rainbow Johnson (Tracee Ellis Ross), Zoey Johnson (Yara Shahidi), Andre Johnson, Jr. (Marcus Scribner), Jack Johnson (Miles Brown), and Diane Johnson (Marsai Martin). In each episode, the family discusses various socio-political issues. The series garnered critical acclaim and huge popularity for its engaging issues and educative tone. Shahidi left the main cast after season 3 wrapped up in order to kickstart her spin-off series ‘Grown-ish’. She continues to be a recurring cast member of ‘Black-ish’. ABC has recently announced that it is renewing ‘Black-ish’ for a sixth season. The show is created by Kenya Barris.
2. Grown-ish (2018 – )