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‘Black-ish’ star Marsai Martin becomes youngest ever Hollywood executive producer

2020 has truly been a year of tremendous change and impact in various aspects in our lives and the world at large. It has been a year of great wins and losses, misfortunes and blessings.

However, speaking of blessings, Marsai Martin, best known as ‘Diane’ in the famous ABC studios TV series Black.ish, has bagged the Guinness World Records title for youngest Hollywood executive producer for her breakout film, ‘Little’.

Although Martin is now 16 years old, she technically broke the record in 2019. She just wasn’t presented with this award, and officially declared a record-breaker by Guinness, up until now. Along with producing, Martin also played a lead role in the film alongside actors Regina Hall and Issa Rae. In ‘Little,’ tech entrepreneur, played by Regina Hall, wakes up in the body of her former 13-year-old self, played by Marsai Martin.

“To be able to create a film, to star in it and be with your favorite stars, and actually seeing that entire experience was so amazing,” Martin said during the certificate presentation. It all started as a random idea she shared with her parents first when she was 10 years old then later on, Martin reportedly pitched the idea for the film herself to ‘Black-ish’ producer Kenya Barris, who also served as one of the producers of ‘Little’. After the pitch was accepted, Martin signed a deal with Universal Pictures, developing scripted projects, in 2019.

Not only have the events of this year failed to slow the young actress, producer down, 2020 has been one of Martin’s most eventful years yet. With two movies in the works, trying her hand at sci-fi and continuing with Season 7 of Blackish, Martin is busier than ever.

As her list of accomplishments grows by the minute, Martin believes in utilizing her success to inspire others to chase their dreams. She hopes to encourage other young people to “see that anything is possible, no matter how old you are, no matter what time, what place, it has to all start with you.”

At 16 years old, Marsai Martin is using her platform to allow others to see themselves represented in her. “I hope that all the young Black girls out there really see how a change can really happen, just by being yourself, just by any imagination you have that can run wild. You only live once so go for it.”

This article was written by Josephine Njoroge.

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