Birth Name: Yara Sayeh Shahidi
Place of Birth: Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States
Date of Birth: February 10, 2000
*African-American [including Ghanaian], possibly Choctaw Native American (mother)
Yara Shahidi is an American actress and model.
Yara is the daughter of Afshin Alexander Shahidi, a photographer, and Keri Shahidi (born Keri Jamelda Salter), an actress. Her father is Iranian. Her mother is African-American.
Her brother is actor and model Sayeed Shahidi.
A picture of Yara’s parents can be seen here.
Yara’s maternal grandfather was Kwame Samuel Salter (the son of Samuel L. Salter and Reva Daniels). Reva was the daughter of William Daniels and Gracie Marie Cobb.
Yara has said:
We’re Choctaw Native American and African-American—our family originated in Ghana, and then there’s a portion of our family that’s the descendants of Vikings.
In the same interview, Yara stated that musician Nas is her second cousin, adding: “My momma grew up with him. He got his genealogy done at Harvard and Henry Louis Gates Jr. did his entire family background. I was a flower girl at his wedding.”
Source: Obituary of Yara’s maternal great-grandmother, Reva (Daniels) Salter – http://www.legacy.com
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