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While Yara Shahidi is sending off college recommendation letters from the likes of Michelle Obama, the Black-ish actresses character Zoey Johnson is also en route to leaving the nest and experiencing the world as a young woman.

At the top of the year, it was announced that Shahidi would front a Black-ish spinoff created by the executive producer Kenya Barris and ABC Studios, focusing on Zoey’s college experience.

In a recent interview with AOL’s Build Series, the 17-year-old actress revealed what viewers at home can expect from the pending ABC series.

“While Zoey has taken so many steps as a young woman and young woman of color to become an independent and to become an activist and to become socially aware, I think this is the most growth we’ve seen from her just in that she has lived under the guise of a family household,” she said.

Shahidi went on to explain how moving to a new environment will force her character out of her comfort zone, like most college students experience in some way.

“While she is a young black girl in this political climate, she does have the privilege of being socioeconomically well-off, in which case college, you don’t see that,” she explained. “College, at least for Zoey, is no longer a factor she can hide under or hide with. And so we’re no longer talking about race but the intersection of race and gender and sexuality and the intersection of race and politics, and she finally has to kind of deal on her own.”


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