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Khalid, Jaden Smith, Willow Smith and more land on TIME’s 30 Most Influential Teens of 2017 list


Khalid; ABC/Randy HolmesThey may be teenagers, but KhalidJaden Smith and Jaden’s sister, Willow Smith, are making a serious impact on the world.   

That’s no doubt why they’ve been recognized as some of TIME‘s Most Influential Teens.

Nineteen-year-old Khalid, who won an MTV VMA this year for Best New Artist, tells the magazine that the children are the future. 

“It’s the young people of America, the teens, who have the power to create change,” he says. 

Khalid adds, “America today feels like a scary place for many people, people of color, DREAMERS, women, the LGBTQ community.”  

Willow, whose second album, The 1st, dropped on her 17th birthday on Halloween, is honored on the tally for being “one of her generation’s most intriguing artists,” along with serving as a Chanel ambassador and sharing profound thoughts on Instagram to over two million followers

Willow’s brother, Jaden, continues to follow more in dad Will Smith and mom Jada Pinkett-Smith‘s acting footsteps. 

Once the focus of a 2013 Time article titled “Is Jaden Smith the World’s Next Great Philosopher?” the rising star is also gearing up for the November 17 release of his debut album, SYRE

Record producer and musician Steve Lacy, 19, and black-ish actress Yara Shahidi are also included on TIME‘s 30 Most Influential Teens of 2017.   

Read more on the magazine’s website. 

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