So I Had a Conversation With Yara Shahidi’s Mother


From a bloggers perspective, Essence festival is perfect. It provides one with three full days of content including recaps, clips and outfits to last weeks! So when I decided I was going to Essence, I began planning and drafting my content to have at the ready. But as soon as I touched down in New Orleans, and the spirit of Essence hit me, all of that blogger talk, went out the window. Here I was in New Orleans for the 25th Essence Festival thinking about what type of posts I’d be able to create instead of being in the moment and appreciating the weekend!

So… that’s what I did.

I focused on taking Essence for what it was and soaking up each and every day to the fullest. This state of mind created a pivotal moment for me during our first full day of the festival.  My friends and I were able to sit in on a table read for my favorite show right now, Grown-ish, and we were fortunate enough to sit right next to Keri Shahidi, Yara Shahidi‘s mother, and we had a short conversation with her after the show. In true mama form, she shared inspiring words of wisdom that I feel compelled to share with you all, in hopes to inspire you the way she inspired me.

The conversation began with one of my friends expressing her love for Yara to which mama was very appreciative of. I then went on to share how much I loved the show and began asking questions about the production of it. She shared a few secrets like the work schedule of the stars during the season, to which my other friend retorted that she “wishes” she could do that like they do. Well Mama wasn’t having that, because she quickly interrupted my friend and firmly told her, “yes you can! Stop counting yourself out!”


“Take this moment in! Look around you! Everybody on that stage did it and you can too! The journey won’t be easy, but it can be done!”

Honestly speaking, she didn’t tell me anything I haven’t heard before. But hearing them first hand from a woman who’s been there every step of the way of her daughter’s[really all of her children’s] journey, was definitely a top 10 moment for me that gave me pause.

I know I count myself out all of the time.

I count myself out of something because too many people are doing the same thing that I want to do and I don’t think that I can compare.

I count myself out because I’m just a girl from Houston and “that” wouldn’t happen to me because I don’t have the resources or money to make it happen!

But as Mama Shahidi so lovingly put it, “everyone you admire and look up to has done it! So don’t ever think that you can’t do something just because it seems unattainable because it is attainable and you can do it!”

Now I don’t know about you that motivated me enough to realign my goals for the next five months and make sure that I’m intentional in my journey to reach my goals!

So whatever that IT is that you want to do, no matter how old you are, whether you’re just beginning your journey or doing something for the first time, do it, so you can be in the room too!

Talk to ya’ll soon!



P.S. I also talked to Chloe x Halle’s mother about the foolery behind Halle being cast as Aeriel in The Little Mermaid. I asked her to make sure Halle doesn’t drop out of the film and she said “Baby, God is in control! If she was going to drop it, He wouldnt’ve given her the ball anyway!” If that ain’t a word, I don’t know what is!

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