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Zendaya lands new TV gig

Published 24/08/2015


Zendaya will be back on TV screens with a guest role on Black-ish.

The American TV comedy focuses on a man who struggles to maintain cultural identity while raising his family in a predominantly white area.

Disney star Zendaya, 18, will play Resheida, People announced today. The teen's character is friends with Zoey Johnson, who is played by Yara Shahidi.

Channel ABC explains that because Resheida doesn't have a father, she latches onto Zoey's dad Andre 'Dre' Johnson (Anthony Anderson).

While Black-ish is a comedy, it does tackle some serious issues. Season one saw it discuss corporal punishment and it's been confirmed the second season will deal with the n-word.

“We wanted to do it last year, but we felt like it might have been low-hanging fruit for us,” executive producer Kenya Barris explained to Variety. “But in this off-season, you’ve seen where we’re at. As we’re supposed to be evolving, [racism] is still rearing its ugly head constantly. So we felt like the word was still timely.”

Black-ish managed to impress viewers and critics with its Crime and Punishment episode by showing the different opinions of the fictional family members. The set-up will be similar this time around, so will hopefully get a positive response.

Black-ish season two will premiere on ABC on September 23.

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