(AllHipHop News) Time announced its list of the 30 most influential teenagers of 2017. Actress Yara Shahidi (17), singer Willow Smith (17), singer Khalid (19), and rapper/actor Jaden Smith (19) were named among this year's teens. The publication provided commentary on each selected young person.
Most network TV stars tend to avoid talking politics, so as to appeal to the widest possible demographic. But as the child of an Iranian father and an African-American mother, Shahidi, who plays Zoe on popular ABC sitcom Black-ish, has felt compelled to speak out.
The daughter of actors Will and Jada Pinkett, who first rose to prominence with her 2010 breakout single “Whip My Hair,” has since emerged as one of her generation’s most intriguing artists.
The Texas musician, whose debut album was fittingly titled American Teen, is one of R&B’s hottest new acts. His music, including the hit single “Young Dumb & Broke,” has been streamed over a billion times worldwide, earning Khalid a win at the MTV Video Music Awards for Best New Artist and an opening-act spot on Lorde’s tour.
The self-described misfit, and brother to Willow, has already established himself as an actor (The Pursuit of Happyness, The Karate Kid), voice-actor (on Netflix’s anime series Neo Yokio, which he co-created), fashion icon (he famously wore a skirt during a modeling gig for Louis Vuitton), entrepreneur (he helped launch Just Water, an eco-friendly water startup) and social media philosopher.
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