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Black-ish season 2: Zendaya joins as guest star

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Zendaya is heading to season 2 of Black-ish for a guest-starring role, EW can confirm.

The teen queen (and all-around queen, really) will play Rasheida, a friend of Zoey’s (Yara Shahidi). Because Rasheida doesn’t have a father, she defers to Anthony Anderson’s Dre in his belief that fathers should be respected and “heralded,” according to an ABC character description. Not a controversial position, to be sure, but something tells us that will lead to a him-or-me scenario that won’t end well for Zoey and Rasheida’s friendship.  

Season 2 of the ABC comedy will continue to “push the envelope,” as Anderson previously told EW. The upcoming installment will feature an episode discussing the N-word and “who has the right to say that word, and whether it should be said at all.” The show “resonates with people because of that honesty,” said the actor, who was nominated for an Emmy for his leading role in the series.

Black-ish returns Sept. 23 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

People first reported the news of Zendaya’s casting.

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