Issa Rae is the quintessential Black millennial success story but it hasn’t been a crystal stair for her. In an appearance on The View last month, Rae discussed her new hit show Insecure, growing up awkward, and how she has overcome her own insecurities.
When Alton Sterling was shot and killed by Baton Rogue police, many felt both a great loss and helpless. Issa Rae, the actor-producer responsible for her Awkward Black Girl YouTube series and her forthcoming HBO series, Insecure, has stepped up to provide an outlet.
Rae, like many others, saw the pain on the face of Sterling’s family following his death – especially his son. To help, she decided to start a GoFundMe campaign to support all of Sterling’s children and their plans to go to college. As of writing, the campaign has collected more than $650,000.
YouTube sensation Issa Rae has launched a new initiative to help people of color break into the film industry.
“The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” creator created the Color Creative to give “great writes of color and platform and an audience.”
Each year, Forbes releases their 30 Under 30 Entertainment list The list reflects some of the hottest online entertainment executives, who are paving their way to stardom via YouTube and other social media platforms.
This year, “Awkward Black Girl” and “Rachetpiece Theater” creator Issa Rae has joined the ranks.
Issa Rae, the writer and star of the wildly successful webseries, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, has gotten a boost from Shonda Rhimes, the black woman behind ABC primetime faves Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.
I Hate L.A. Dudes, a comedy conceived by Rae, has been sold to ABC; Rhimes will serve as executive producer:
While late to the game I fell in love with Issa Rae’s webseries, Awkward Black Girl, for its honest and hilarious interrogation of race and race relations via the lens of some very typical situations. From her humble approach to her daring showcasing of other talents (i.e. her rapping skills) I felt endeared to her struggles with dating, co-workers, and friends each episode. Watching the web show with my best friend or my aunt made the ‘Awkward Black Girl’ experience less…awkward and more…laughable and okay. However, reactions to Ms. Rae’s big win at the Shorty Award reveals that being Black is still awkward for some.