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Check Out the First Official Look of Yara Shahidi in ‘grown-ish’

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Yara Shahidi is gearing up to be the black-ish version of Denise Huxtable – spin-off college-based series included. The series, entitled grown-ish, is black-ish meets A Different World and will leave viewers with a whole lot more of Shahidi’s character Zoey.

And it all starts at the top of the new year – on January 3 to be exact.

The series will follow Zoey (Shahidi), the wildly popular, stylish entitled socialite daughter eldest daughter of black-ish parents Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross). It will show her as she navigates the familiar yet unfamiliar world of adulthood as she enters her freshman year of college.

Grown-ish will truly be life imitating art,” Shahidi told ESSENCE. “Zoey is a little bit older than I am, so I am looking forward to helping unfold Zoey’s journey as she navigates friendships, relationships, and the intersection of politics, race, gender and sexual identities.”

Other regulars on the Freeform series include Trevor Jackson as Aaron Jackson, Emily Arlook as Nomi Segal, Francia Raisa as Ana Torres, Jordan Buhat as Vivek Shah, and Chloe and Halle Bailey, whose roles have not yet been disclosed.

A lot of this rings true to life for actress Shahidi who was accepted to every university she applied to in her senior year of high school before ultimately deciding on Harvard University. However, due to her busy and demanding schedule, Shahidi is taking a gap year from college and will take the year to experience life as an adult while she works on film and television projects, as well as gives back in her charity work that helps low-income students.

“I have chosen to defer beginning my academic life at Harvard —plus, I am only 17— to do my best in representing my generation, via grown-ish, and do a little more ‘growing into’ myself, as well,” the actress said.

For now, she can enjoy playing the role of student on her new soon-to-be hit show.

Watch the first official teaser trailer for the show below.


Photo Credit: Freeform/YouTube

Sheriden Chanel is a twenty-something writer, Beyoncé enthusiast, and lover of all things visual art. Keep up with her and her musings on social via @indiebyline.