Yara Shahidi returned to the BET Awards Sunday night. After missing out on the “YoungStars Award” last year, the actress and Harvard student took home the trophy. Showing off fresh new curls and a distressed denim dress, Yara jogged up to the stage in a moment that fans have since set to music. Her acceptance speech was no joke, though.
“Today is Tamir Rice’s birthday,” she reminded the crowd, referring to the Cleveland teen who would’ve turned 15 on Sunday if he hadn’t been gunned down by police at age 12.. “So, amidst the celebration, I’d love to honor his life.”
“Thank you for supporting blackness and our contribution to society,” she also said, “because it is so appreciated and so necessary for my generation to see.”
See Yara’s acceptance speech and some pics she shared of her look for the show below.
(Photo credit: Yara Shahidi Instagram account)