The incredibly talented Zakiya Young, Pittsburgh, returns to the podcast to talk about her new TV show and her first one-woman play.
Life has been busy for our sister, the stage and screen star Zakiya Young, Pittsburgh. She’s on a current hot streak in Hollywood and in the entertainment world. Zakiya talks about her role in Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, and how the show tackles a generational look at major societal issues. She discusses how she’s seeing a shift with inclusion within entertainment and more stories are being driven by women and women of color as writers, directors and producers. Zakiya is also a new playwright, having authored her first one-woman show, Suburban Black Girl. She found her voice through the playwriting process and shares personal stories of her experiences as a Black woman growing up in her communities. It’s her hope that through this new work, more people will engage in authentic conversations on diversity and inclusion.
Content warning: This episode features topics like sexual assault, racism, bullying and more.
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Here are some highlights:
2:30 How Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin tackles societal issues
6:50 Seeing DEI changes in Hollywood
8:40 Developed her first one-woman show
11:10 Finding her voice through storytelling
13:50 Authentic responses to her play
16:00 What’s next for her new play, Suburban Black Girl