This Is The One Topic Yara Shahidi Wants To Tackle In ‘College-ish’

Yara Shahidi’s Black-ish character Zoey is about to take on higher education in the Freeform spin-off, College-ish.

On her new series, Zoey will take on the topic of intersectional identities, amongst other important social issues. Obviously then in College-ish, we will be getting a much more grown up version of Zoey Johnson than the mega-popular Daddy’s girl that stole our hearts on the ABC sitcom. During a recent interview in support of her new Gap ad campaign, 17-year-old Shahadidi said of her forthcoming series

“You have a lot of people who are Gen Z or millennial on this campus who have been raised in this identity being fluid. And it’s not something we’ve spoken about before really, the layers,” she says. “We’ve discussed each as a singular entity but the layering of being a young black girl or the layering of her meeting someone who may not fit what the heteronormative is or what the normative is — the normative in general — meeting someone who does not meet the normative in one’s head and how do you deal with that?”

When we watched the backdoor pilot on Black-ish for the new series, Zoey took on her new college administration after she inadvertently got the Black dorm taken away from her fellow students. Surely this won’t be the last time Zoey will have to use her voice to stand up for what she believes in. But don’t think Zoey will completely be leaving Black-ish behind. In College-ish she will also be exploring her own identity. Shahidi said, “I’m going to be curious to see how Zoey defines her own blackness. And is it the same as how Yara defines it? Is it the same?”

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We can’t wait for College-ish to premiere, we’ll be sure to keep you updated when we get more deets.