Meet Marsai Martin Who Made History As Hollywood’s Youngest Black Executive Producer At Just 14

by Gee NY
Marsai Martin at 14. Photo by Robin L Marshall/Getty Images for BET

Marsai Martin, best known for her role on “Black-ish”, at just 14 years etched her name in history as Hollywood’s youngest Black executive producer.

Guinness World Records officially recognized her accomplishment in 2020, making her the youngest person to serve as an executive producer on a major Hollywood film.

The record-breaking movie, “Little,” was released in April 2019 when Martin was 14 years and 241 days old, according to Guinness World Records.

When she was 16, Martin’s achievement was solidified after the record tracker received and verified the evidence she submitted for the prestigious title.

Her movie, “Little” revolves around a high-strung tech entrepreneur who undergoes a transformation into a child. The film not only marked Martin’s executive producer debut but also featured her alongside fellow “Black-ish” star Regina Hall and “Awkward”‘s Issa Rae.

Martin revealed to the Associated Press in 2019 that she pitched the idea for “Little” to Universal when she was just 10 years old.

Reflecting on the experience, she expressed her joy in bringing her creative ideas to life, stating, “It was so fun and so exciting because I always want to create things that make me happy. It’s insane when it actually comes to fruition.”

The movie garnered significant success, grossing nearly $49 million worldwide in its first year. Martin’s impact extends beyond the box office, as she aspires to inspire young Black girls to pursue their dreams.

“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,” Martin said.

Martin’s journey in the entertainment industry began with her breakout role as Diane Johnson in ABC’s Black-ish, which she took on at the age of 10 in 2014.

Her portrayal of the family’s youngest daughter has earned her accolades at prestigious events such as the BET Awards, NAACP Image Awards, and Young Artist Awards. In recognition of her remarkable contributions, Martin secured a spot on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List in Hollywood and Entertainment last year.

Now 19, she was recently featured in It Figures where she recounted her experience after she was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst.

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