African-American teen actress and singer, Marsai Martin, notable for her role as Diane Johnson in the popular comedy series Black-ish, made history in 2019 when she became the youngest Black executive producer in Hollywood.
”After the Season 1 finale of Black-ish, we told Kenya Barris about it, and he called Will [Packer] and said: ‘Yo, you know the girl who plays Diane on Black-ish? She has this dope idea!,”blackhistory.com quoted the teen actress.
Martin’s experience as a teen actress on Black-ish and the inspiration from one of her favourite movies, Big, which she viewed at the age of 10 helped her materialise the idea. Little tells the story of a woman who, when the pressures of adulthood become too much to bear, gets the chance to relive the carefree life of her younger self. The film, which had a production budget of $20 million, grossed $40.7 million in box offices in the U.S. and Canada, and $48.8 million worldwide.
Meanwhile, Marsai Martin made Forbes 30 under 30 list. Martin’s role as Diane Johnson’s in Black-ish shot her to the limelight as she received many nominations at the NAACP Image Award, the BET Awards and the SAG Awards.