Yara Shahidi

by Alyx on October 25, 2012

Birth Name: Yara Sayeh Shahidi

Place of Birth: Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States

Date of Birth: February 10, 2000

Ethnicity:
*Iranian (father)
*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

Photo by PR Photos

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madman January 20, 2017 at 3:49 am

Her parents’ are Afshin Alexander Shahidi, a photographer, and Keri Shahidi (Keri Jamelda Salter), an actress.

From an article in InStyle:

“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.”

It also says she is a second cousin of Nas (http://ethnicelebs.com/nas):

“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.”

http://www.instyle.com/news/7-things-you-may-not-know-about-black-ish-star-yara-shahidi

I think one of Yara’s paternal grandparents was named Forough/Farah E. Shahidi. Yara’s father may also be related to a “Keljik”-family.

Yara’s maternal grandfather was Kwame Samuel Salter (the son of Samuel L. Salter and Reva Daniels). Reva was the daughter of Will Daniels and Gracie Cobb.

Kwame’s wife, Phyllis V. (Harris), is only twelve years older than Yara’s mother, so she isn’t Yara’s maternal grandmother. Her grandmother might be a woman named Connie Sue Randall, who appears as a relative to Yara’s mother on public records.

Obituary of Yara’s great-grandmother – http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/jsonline/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=154930206

Adamina September 15, 2016 at 7:49 pm

She is very lovely

neiltennant October 3, 2016 at 3:24 pm

yes she is she is cute like a strawberry+whip cream coconut apple pie cupcake

neiltennant June 17, 2015 at 2:13 am

she is cute but why she looks like a 50+ woman on this picture?

phaedra April 15, 2016 at 12:08 am

Yeah she looks like someone well into her late 20s.

Capricious May 7, 2015 at 9:00 pm

Her Iranian side must be really dark, because she passes as a full African. Namely Somalian or Eritrean.

Multiethnicchick June 16, 2015 at 2:51 pm

eritreans and somlaians have long had semitic influence. Many have at least 40% caucasian genotype

fuzzybear44 June 16, 2015 at 4:56 pm

Semitic is part of a language group that many people speak. Also this 40% Caucasian. stuff was just phenotypical traits acquired. From living in a certain climate or area for thousands of year and back migrating.this had nothing to do with white people.If anything the whites they share DNA with, probably once belong to this group. Breaking off and going their own way acquiring. The pale skin mutation.I don’t. See any recent infusion between the Eritreans, somalians, and white people.

Multiethnicchick June 16, 2015 at 2:51 pm

also skin color has nothing to do with how mixed someone is. Look at her facial features and hair texture as well. There are east indians darker than her.

fuzzybear44 June 16, 2015 at 4:05 pm

She looks like her mother, and she clearly States that in a video she did about taking care of her hair. So what facial features are you speaking of?

Gurrl October 3, 2016 at 5:55 pm
Gurrl October 3, 2016 at 5:56 pm
Islander_Miss December 12, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Idk who she is, but pretty kid.

westovermarching October 10, 2014 at 3:14 am

Check out blackish on ABC

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