Who Are Afshin Shahidi And Keri Shahidi? Few Facts About Grown-Ish Actress Yara Shahidi's Parents

Yara Shahidi is best known for her role as Zoey Johnson on the sitcom Black-ish.
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Yara Shahidi has won hearts since 2016 with the sitcom "Black-ish" and "Grown-ish," pioneering the idea of a Black family.

She portrays Zoey Johnson, the family's eldest daughter, and her father's favorite child out of four. Shahidi was one of the main casts of the original show for three seasons until she moved to her own show, "Grown-ish."

The spin-off show started in 2018 and dealt with Zoey attending college and adjusting to adult life.

Her portrayal of a typical teenager and her journey to adulthood in the Black comic ways are the main reason for Yara's hit career.

Who Are Yara Shahidi Parents? Her Ethnicity And Background

This talented young actress was born to her parents, Keri Salter Shahidi and Afshin Shahidi, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Yara grew up in a content family with her well-earning parents. Interestingly, it is her true family heritage that has quite grabbed the attention.

Her mother, Keri, is of African-American and Choctaw ethnicity, while her father is Iranian.

Actress Yara Shahidi with her father Afshin Shahidi and mother Keri Salter Shahidi.
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Regarding her mother's Choctaw background, her ancestry hails from the Native American people initially based in the Southeastern Woodlands, now known as Alabama and Mississippi. 

As Yara is of mixed ethnicity, her role as Zoey in "Black-ish" matches the character's background. The series' Johnson family, started by Dre and Bow, aims to balance their Black culture as they live their lives in ultra-suburban lifestyles.

Serving as a resonating mixture of identity culture as a Black person, Yara has perfectly blended in with her character portrayal of Zoey.

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Yara's Father Afshin Shahidi Is A Celebrity Photographer- His Wiki Biography

Aside from her rich heritage background, Zoey's parents are also well-built in their careers. Her father, Afshin Shahidi, is a New York Times best-selling author and cameraperson.

He is predominantly notable as a celebrity photographer but has also worked as a cinematographer and filmmaker.

Moreover, Mr. Shahidi was one of the principal photographers for the late musician Prince. The two worked together until the latter died in 2016.

Their professional bond made them closer, thus, making them friends. The coveted artist also kept a signed photo of Yara in his suit at Paisley Park, which can be mainly seen during a VIP Tour.

Likewise, Yara's dotting father has moved on his photography schedule from Prince and continues to capture other prominent celebrities.

Meanwhile, the whole Shahidi family continues to pay tribute to their close friend, Prince, Vogue reported.

Afshin has become a big name in his field and inspires the younger generation of photographers who aims to capture faces.

The Grown-Ish Cast Yara Shahidi Inherited Her Acting Talent From Mother Keri Shahidi

There is no doubt that Yara got her passion for acting from her actress-mommy. Her mother, Keri, is a brief-time actor and producer turned businesswoman.

Keri's IMDb suggests that she appeared in an episode of "In The Neighborhood" as Alexis in one episode. She then gave her voice to Michelle Obama in a 2010 episode of "American Dad."

Meanwhile, she debuted as a producer with 2018 TV series titled "Shatterbox," followed by "Hair Love" in 2019 and "Second Team" in 2020.

Yara and mother Keri are reported to be as close as best friends or sisters.
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A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mrs. Shahidi, took on the position as an executive producer and co-principal of 7th Sun Productions.

She and Yara are business partners and look after the company that creates, produces, and broadcasts "scripted" and "alternative" shows, Teen Vogue writes.

While her real name is Keri Salter-Shahidi, she is also globally known as ChocolateMommyLuv.

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Black-Ish Actress Yara Shahidi Also Has Two Sibling Brothers In Her Family; Sayeed And Ehsan

The famed "Grown-ish" and "Black-ish" actress Yara also has a big family in real life, unlike her character counterpart.

A coincidence, she is the eldest of the Shahidi siblings, including her two younger brothers, Sayeed and Ehsan. The "Nas is Like" rapper Nas is their cousin.

Sayeed is a child actor and model who also shared screens with his elder sister. He appeared as Adonis Culpepper from 2016 to 2019 in "Black-ish."

He is also known for his love relationship with actress Storm Reid.

The two's youngest brother Ehsan is yet to mark his debut in the media just like them. Likewise, while Yara, aka Zoey, is her father's favorite child in her reel life, the same cannot be said about her real-life family.

All five members of the Shahid family are close to each other as they do not miss living life as loved ones.