Black-ish has come out of the gate swinging every week since its season 4 premiere earlier this month, with episodes highlighting Juneteenth and postpartum depression. Now, star Yara Shahidi is opening up about the ABC show’s commitment to pushing the envelope.

“There’s a lot of episodes in which we really tackle the difficult to topics head-on,” Shahidi tells PEOPLE. “It’s important to address these topics because media is so influential, especially within this day in which media’s surrounding us.”

The latest season kicked off on Oct. 3 with the Johnson family celebrating the famed African-American holiday, Juneteenth. A week later, the crew helped Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) as she dealt with postpartum depression.

“When a show like Black-ish not only covers these topics whether it’s last weekend out Juneteeth episode or going all the way back to the gun control episode and the n-word episode, it does not only start a conversation with our audience, it proves to other content creators and other networks and other production companies that you can successfully be socially relevant in a way that does matter and in a way that does make an impact,” Shahidi says.

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