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Angelina Jolie Says She's "In Awe Of" Daughter Zahara's Connection To Her African Roots

Angelina Jolie Says She's "In Awe Of" Daughter Zahara's Connection To Her African Roots
July 10, 2020 - 21:58 / Hayley Paskevich

During a special interview to be featured in the annual Time 100 issue, Angelina Jolie shared what her daughter Zahara has taught her! Find out what she said about her here!

Angelina Jolie admires her 15-year-old daughter Zahara's connection to the culture she was born into!

As Entertainment Tonight reports, Jolie had the opportunity to interview Ugandan climate change activist Vanessa Nakate for this year's Time 100 issue. When she spoke to Nakate, she couldn't help but share how proud she is of Zahara!

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Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt attend the European premiere of Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil on October 7, 2019.

Jolie calls her daughter Zahara "an extraordinary African woman"

Jolie told Nakate that while her daughter Zahara is part of her family, she proudly embraces her African culture! "My daughter is from Ethiopia, one of my children, and I have learned so much from her," Jolie said of Zahara, who she shares with ex-husband Brad Pitt.

"She is my family, but she is an extraordinary African woman and her connection to her country, her continent is her own," she explained. "It's something I only stand back in awe of." As Entertainment Tonight mentions, Jolie commented on how Zahara's connection to her roots is especially significant given how the American educational system teaches children about Black history. 

"But what I see in, for example, American history books and how limited they are… they start teaching people who are Black about their lives through the Civil Rights movement, which is such a horrible place to begin," she said. 

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Jolie speaks out against America's problem with systemic racism

Jolie recently opened up about how the Black Lives Matter movement and coronavirus pandemic have caused her perspective to shift. "I was fortunate years ago to travel with the UN to frontlines around the world and put into perspective what really matters," the actress and mother told Harper's Bazaar.

"Having six children, I am reminded daily of what is most important. But after almost two decades of international work," she continued, "this pandemic and this moment in America has made me rethink the needs and suffering within my own country." 

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As Entertainment Tonight mentions, Jolie then went on to specifically mention her concern for Zahara. "A system that protects me but might not protect my daughter – or any other man, woman or child in our country based on skin color – is intolerable," she stated.