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Meet Marsai Martin, The 15-Year-Old Youngest Black Executive Producer In Hollywood History

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.

Marsai Martin’s film, Little, which is based on original ideas from the teen actress but inspired by the movie Big, helped her ink her name in the history books.

”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.

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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.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – JULY 09: Marsai Martin attends the premiere of Disney’s “The Lion King” at Dolby Theatre on July 09, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

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.

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