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“Being on a project like ‘Black-ish’ finally gave me a term to describe myself,” she explained.
As an individual of African-American and Iranian descent who is “proud of both sides,” Shahidi felt the term “black-ish” perfectly encompassed her mixed identity. “So many times, if you are of any race, there is a certain feeling of this meter of like, ‘How black am I? How Iranian am I?’” Shahidi said.
“It’s hard, when you’re both, to feel as though you can coexist as both and be fully both,” she said.
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”Black-ish” airs Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC.