LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Actress Yara Shahidi arrives at the 2017 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
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Here Are 10 Inspiring Quotes By Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi has lead teams of girls in various activist groups, and she has inspired many people, including adults with her brilliant words.

LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 25: Actress Yara Shahidi arrives at the 2017 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)

The Black-ish and Grown-ish star is also a model and has featured in many movies that fans love, including Salt.

Here are 10 inspiring quotes by Yara Shahidi below;

1. On Constantly Educating One’s Self
“I don’t know everything. I know a fraction of what there is to know and I don’t think I will ever know everything, but it’s important to me to constantly challenge myself”

2. On including passion into a career:
“The underlying factor in what I love is the study of humans, whether it’s acting or public speaking or activism, it comes from a general need or want to understand people and what drives us”

3. On Activism:
“For me, [activism] comes through art: being intentional with the roles I choose, backing projects that are socially aware, or trying to push forward a progressive conversation and public speaking is another method.”

4. On Recognizing the Woman as Human:
“There’s a lack of humanity that goes behind policy change—policies that make being a woman a preexisting condition—and it’s because they aren’t thinking about who that affects, they’re thinking theoretically and tax break and money. And money isn’t human, we are human. The goal of my activism is to bring humanity back into humanity.”

5. On allowing teenagers to vote:
“There’s a sense of powerlessness when you’re under the age of 18 and you aren’t able to vote, one of the most important things in our democracy. What I can do is try to figure out ways to be involved.”

6. On being treated equally:
“ Being treated nicely, being treated equally, and having access to health care is not my personal opinion, but should be true for all people and should be fought for.”

7. On the stereotypes against blacks in America:
“I’ve always been aware of my heritage, but because of the environments I grew up in, I wasn’t aware of the negative connotation of it until I hit those teenage years…and it made me aware of the stereotype—that being black was synonymous with a lack of education in the way of speaking… I come from a family of academics from either side, and it never made sense to me that somebody could truly believe that one thing applied to all sorts of people. It was surprising.”

8. On being young and intelligent for public speaking:
“ I was 14 with a ton of adults and had no clue what I was doing on this stage. How could they choose me to be here? I don’t even know what a brand is? I ended up having the best time because people were asking me questions, and I had full answers for them with concrete details and facts. ”

9. On why firsts are important:
“Publicly, they [firsts] make an impact, like the first Somali American representative in Minnesota—there are so many firsts that are changing the world and our landscape.”

10. On proper use of social media:
” [Social media] seems futile, there’s not that much purpose, but when you put a purpose behind it, whether that’s inspiring people or reaching out or creating a support network, it becomes a positive place for change.”


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