Marsai Martin arrives at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 26, 2016, in Los Angeles. 

Marsai Martin arrives at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 26, 2016, in Los Angeles. 

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Marsai Martin, 11, may act self-absorbed on ABC's Black-ish. But in a new music video released Monday, she shows that in reality, she's paying attention.

The Plano native sings the hook, "I thought that we'd be living in a better place; I want my brothers living where they feel safe." Then add 11-year-old Baby Kaely, who has more than 700,000 followers on YouTube, who raps about equality and fear and hope: "I hate making these songs like this. 'Cause I be crying on the inside, at the same time balling my fists. ... I don't want to see another hash tag on the wall."

Martin plays Diane Johnson, the more devious of the twins in the Johnson household on Black-ish. Miles Brown plays her twin brother Jack. (I know, right? It works on several levels.) Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, who play parents Andre and Rainbow, both just received Emmy nominations. As did the show, which was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series.

In speaking out, Martin has company in the young cast. Yara Shahidi, who plays her older sister, has been outspoken on current events and issues.

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