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The Paley Center For Media's 33rd Annual PaleyFest Los Angeles - 'Black-ish' - Arrivals

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Black-ish star Yari Shahidi is applying for college and who better to get an recommendation letter from then former first lady Michelle Obama. The two met during a “International Day of the Girls” event while sharing the stage. Yari is an social activist and has founded a mentoring group for young women. She even got a “go get ’em, tiger” back rub from her before taking her AP exams.

“She is very amazing and such a supporter, which is something very surreal to say,” Yari reveals. Yari who is black Iranian, has gotten a lot of questions about if it’s scary to be on a public platform given the current administration referencing to the recent travel ban. Her father is Iranian, and she still has family that lives there. “I say that to say, companies that are still supporting individuality that are still supporting self-empowerment are so crucial.

Mrs.Obama showed her support for Shahidi by writing four recommendations, one of them being to the first lady’s alma mater Harvard, where Mrs.Obama attended law school. also  Yari plans on taking a year off before starting her first semester and get a double-major in sociology and African-American studies.

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