Women’s History Maker: Marsai Martin

Authored by Jane Berick ’19

Marsai MartinMeet Women’s History maker, Marsai Martin. You may recognize her as Diane Johnson from ABC’s Black-ish, where she simultaneously masterminds plans and schemes while weirding out her family.

In my opinion, she truly shined in the 10th episode of season five, called “Black Like Us”, which unpacks a serious conversation about colorism into a 30-minute sitcom.

Marsai has received six NAACP Image Awards nominations and two Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series nominations during her career, and she’s only 14. During her time on the show, audiences have watched with glee as she evolved from the lovable yet slightly scary brainiac, who spent her time trying to get her twin brother Jack to catch up with her, to a teen discussing periods and boys with her mom and older sister, Zoey.

However, Marsai is not just an actress, she is also the youngest executive producer of a Hollywood movie, ever. Her movie “Little”, which she also stars in opposite Regina Hall, will be released in April. She had the idea for the movie after seeing Tom Hanks’ movie “Big”, and pitched the idea for “Little” to her director on Black-ish when she was only 10 years old. I’m pretty sure I still believed in the Tooth Fairy when I was 10, so I’m seriously impressed.

Having accomplished all of this before she can take her driver’s test must mean Marsai is a serious go-getter, with only more accomplishments to come with age, and I am so excited to see what her future holds. “It doesn’t matter if you are four or 84, there’s no limit to what you can do,” Marsai told The Root. An actress, producer, award winner, AND full of motivational quotes? I was proud of myself for boiling water yesterday.

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