Read The Powerful Open Letter Yara Shahidi Wrote Honoring Black Women For Black History Month

By Dominique Jackson

Activist and actress Yara Shahidi collaborated with Google to create a video and open letter titled “To be a black girl,” where she reflects on her deep inspiration, love, and respect for black women as part of Google Arts & Culture’s Black History Month celebrations.

“I believe it’s important to remember our culture and preserve the legacy of our ancestors. The stories live on through this digital collection dedicated to black history and culture,” Shahidi wrote in the Instagram caption accompanying the video.

Variety's Power Of Women LuncheonThe open letter takes the form of an acrostic, spelling out “To Be A Black Girl,” and celebrates the contributions of black women in all spheres of public and private life.


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