She really is grown-ish now. Yara Shahidi, activist and star of Black-ish and Grownish, celebrated her 18th birthday last night, and it was apparently was the place to be for Gen Z celebrities. The Harvard-bound Shahidi's party appeared to have a civic engagement theme, with many guests sporting "I will vote" stickers" and Yara herself wearing a t-shirt printed with a James Baldwin quote.
The famous guests included rapper Kodie Shane, actress/musician/girlfriend of Jaden Smith Odessa Adlon, Reese Witherspoon's daughter Ava Phillippe, Black-ish co-star Marcus Scribner, and Shahidi's Grown-ish co-stars Francia Raisa, Emily Arlook, and Chloe and Halle Bailey, aka R&B duo chloexhalle aka Beyoncé's honorary nieces.
(Did Kaia Gerber's invitation get lost in the mail or something?)
On Instagram, Shahidi reflected on her year of being 17 in the caption of an adorable throwback picture of herself as a small child, writing, "I think my 17th Year may have been my favorite. Then again, I leave every year thinking it to be my best, only for it to get topped by the next. But this particular revolution around the sun has been full of love, fantastic music, college app anticipation, family, last minute travel, inside jokes with my brothers, therapeutic conversations with my amazing parental unit, realizing I'm grownish, wandering, wondering, figuring out friendships, friends who are like family, the launching of voting initiatives, new mentors, fashūn moments, James Baldwin books, entering new creative spaces, entering new adolescent spaces, and so much more. Eternally grateful for the beauty that I've been able to experience amidst a terrifying of political Year. Thank you to all who surround me for demonstrating the beauty that arises from action and for giving me tools so that I may take confident strides ✨ #18"
Not only Is Shahidi headed to Harvard (here's to hoping she and Malia Obama become best friends), but Freeform recently renewed Grown-ish for a second season, so it looks like 18 will be every bit as great as 17 for this incredible young woman.