Issa Rae

Issa Rae

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Born Jo-Issa Rae Diop
(1985-01-12) January 12, 1985 (age 33)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names Joissa Diop
Alma mater Stanford University
Occupation
  • Actress
  • writer
  • director
  • producer
Years active 2011–present
Website issarae.com

Jo-Issa Rae Diop (born January 12, 1985)[1][2] is an American actress, writer, director, producer, and web series creator. She first garnered attention for her work on the YouTube web series Awkward Black Girl.[3] She subsequently gained further recognition for creating, co-writing, and starring in the HBO television series Insecure.[4][5] For her performance in Insecure, she has received two Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.[6]

Since 2011, Rae has continued to develop her YouTube channel, which features various short films, web series, and other content created by people of color.[7][8]

Early life[edit]

Rae was born in Los Angeles, California.[1] Her father, Dr. Abdoulaye Diop, is a pediatric doctor from Senegal, and her mother, Delyna Diop (née Hayward), is a teacher from Louisiana.[9][10] Rae’s parents met in France, when they were both in school. She has four siblings. The family lived in Dakar, Senegal[2] for a short period during her childhood.[11] Her father has a medical practice in Inglewood, California.[12]:xiii

As a child, Rae lived in Potomac, Maryland, where she grew up with “things that aren’t considered ‘black,’ like the swim team and street hockey and Passover dinners with Jewish best friends.”[13] When she was in sixth grade, her family moved to the affluent View Park-Windsor Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles where she attended a predominantly black middle school where Rae said she was “berated for ‘acting white'” and initially found it difficult to “fit into this ‘blackness’ I was supposed to be.”[14] Rae graduated from King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science, where she started acting.[2] Her parents divorced when she was in high school.[12]:100–102

In 2007, Rae graduated from Stanford University with a major in African and African-American Studies. As a college student, she made music videos, wrote and directed plays, and created a mock reality series called Dorm Diaries for fun. At Stanford, Rae met Tracy Oliver, who helped produce Awkward Black Girl and starred on the show as Nina.[13]

After college, Rae received a theater fellowship at The Public Theater in New York City.[2] Oliver and Rae started taking classes together at the New York Film Academy. Rae worked odd jobs and at one point was struggling to decide between business school and law school, but eventually abandoned both ideas when Awkward Black Girl started taking off in 2011.[9]

Career[edit]

Awkward Black Girl[edit]

Rae’s web series Awkward Black Girl premiered on YouTube in 2011. The show follows the life of J (played by Rae) as she interacts with co-workers and love interests who place her in uncomfortable situations. The story is told through first-person narrative as J usually reveals how she feels about her circumstances through voice-over or dream sequence.

The series eventually went viral through word of mouth, blog posts, and social media, resulting in mainstream media coverage and attention.[15][16][17] In an effort to fund the rest of the first season, Rae and producer Tracy Oliver decided to raise money for the series through Kickstarter. On August 11, 2011 they were awarded $56,269 from 1,960 donations and released the rest of season one on Rae’s YouTube channel.[18]

Rae eventually partnered up with Pharrell and premiered season two of the series on his YouTube channel, iamOTHER.[19] Rae also began releasing other content on her original channel, predominantly created by and starring people of color.[20]

In 2013, Awkward Black Girl won a Shorty award for Best Web Show. Rae created Awkward Black Girl because she felt the Hollywood stereotypes of African-American women were limiting and she could not relate to them:

I’ve always had an issue with the [assumption] that people of color, and black people especially, aren’t relatable. I know we are.[21]

By using YouTube as her forum, Rae was able to have autonomy of her work since she writes, films, produces, and edits most of her work. Rae’s other shows—Ratchet Piece Theater, The “F” Word, Roomieloverfriends, and The Choir, among others—also focus on African-American experiences that are often not portrayed in the mainstream media.[22]

Insecure[edit]

In 2013, Rae began working on a comedy series pilot with Larry Wilmore, in which she would star.[23] The series, about the awkward experiences of a contemporary African-American woman, was eventually titled Insecure. HBO picked up the pilot in early 2015 and it was subsequently greenlit.[24] Since its release in 2016, the series has gone on to receive critical acclaim; Eric Deggans of NPR wrote that “Rae has produced a series that feels revolutionary just by poking fun at the life of an average, twentysomething black woman.”[25]

In 2017, the American Film Institute selected it as one of the top 10 television series of the year.[26] For her performance in Insecure, Rae has earned two Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy, in 2017 and 2018.[6]

On November 14, 2016, HBO renewed the show for a second season.[27] The second season premiered on July 23, 2017.[28] On August 8, 2017, it was announced that the show was renewed for a third season.[29]

Other work[edit]

Rae’s first book, a memoir titled The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, was released in 2015 and became a New York Times best-seller. In the book, she chronicles her life through a series of humorous anecdotes and opens up about her personal struggle with not fitting in, and not being considered “black enough” at times.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Rae’s birth name, Jo-Issa, comes from a combination of the names of her grandmothers: Joyce and Isseu. Her middle name, Rae, is after an aunt, who was an artist.[13]

Rae is currently signed with United Talent Agency and 3 Arts Entertainment.

In media[edit]

In 2012, Rae was included on the annual Forbes ’30 Under 30′ list in the entertainment section.[30]

Rae appeared on the cover of Essence magazine’s May 2015 “Game Changers” issue, alongside Shonda Rhimes, Ava DuVernay, Debbie Allen, and Mara Brock Akil.[31] Rae expressed her desire for more people of color working in production behind the scenes to make a lasting impact in the television industry.[31]

Filmography[edit]

  • 2011–2013: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (TV series short) — Actor, 24 episodes; Director; Writer, 1 episode: “The Sleepover” (2012); Producer, 1 episode: “The Check” (2013)
  • 2012: M.O. Diaries (TV series) — Executive Producer
  • 2012: The Couple (TV series) — Actor, 1 episode: “Exes and Texts” as Lisa
  • 2012–2013: The Number (TV series short) — Actor, 6 episodes as Lisa
  • 2013: How Men Become Dogs (TV series) — Executive Producer, 9 episodes
  • 2013: True Friendship Society (TV series) — Actor, 1 episode: “Pilot Part Two” as Mama Moth
  • 2013: My Roommate the (TV series) — Actor, 1 episode: “Awkward Black Girl” as J
  • 2013: Instacurity (TV series) — Actor, 1 episode: “The Birthday Party” as Issa
  • 2013: Pharrell Williams: Happy (Video short) — Dancer
  • 2013: Little Horribles (TV series) — Executive Producer, 3 episodes; Actor, 1 episode: “Sexual Activity” as Best Friend
  • 2013-2015: The Choir (TV series) — Executive Producer, 12 episodes; Director, 2 episodes: “Genesis” and “New Blood”; Writer, 12 episodes
  • 2013: Inside Web Series (TV series documentary) — Executive Producer, 6 episodes
  • 2013: Black Actress (TV series) — Producer
  • 2013–2014: Roomieloverfriends (TV series) — Executive Producer, 4 episodes
  • 2014: Hard Times (Video short) — Executive Producer
  • 2014: So Jaded (TV movie) — Executive Producer
  • 2014: Words with Girls (TV movie) — Executive Producer
  • 2014: Bleach (TV movie) — Executive Producer
  • 2014: Head Cases (TV series) — Executive Producer
  • 2014: Black Twitter Screening (Short) — Writer
  • 2014: Rubberhead (TV movie) — Actor, Segment: “Absorption” as Bride 2
  • 2014: Protect and Serve (Short) — Executive Producer; Actor as Police Recruit
  • 2014: A Bitter Lime—Actor as Jane Johnson
  • 2014–2015: First (TV series) — Co-Executive Producer, 10 episodes; Co-Producer, 1 episodes
  • 2015: Killing Lazarus—Producer
  • 2015: Get Your Life (TV series) — Executive Producer
  • 2016–present: Insecure (TV series) — Executive Producer, Writer, Actor, 16 episodes
  • 2018: The Hate U Give
  • 2018: Nice for What (Music video) — Herself

Works and publications[edit]

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Issa Rae

Issa Rae

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Issa Rae
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Issa Rae at the 2017 BET Black Girls Rock Awards
Born Jo-Issa Rae Diop
(1985-01-12) January 12, 1985 (age 33)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Other names Joissa Diop
Alma mater Stanford University
Occupation Actress, writer, director, producer, web series creator
Years active 2011–present
Known for Awkward Black Girl, Insecure
Website issarae.com

Jo-Issa “Issa” Rae Diop (born January 12, 1985)[1][2] is an American actress, writer, director, producer, and web series creator. She first garnered attention for her work on the YouTube web series Awkward Black Girl.[3] She subsequently gained further recognition for creating, co-writing, and starring in the HBO television series Insecure.[4][5] For her performance in Insecure, she has received two Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.[6]

Since 2011, Rae has continued to develop her YouTube channel, which features various short films, web series, and other content created by people of color.[7][8]

Early life[edit]

Rae was born in Los Angeles, California.[1] Her father, Dr. Abdoulaye Diop, is a pediatric doctor from Senegal, and her mother, Delyna Diop (née Hayward), is a teacher from Louisiana.[9][10] Rae’s parents met in France, when they were both in school. She has four siblings. The family lived in Dakar, Senegal[2] for a short period during her childhood.[11] Her father has a medical practice in Inglewood, California.[12]:xiii

As a child, Rae lived in Potomac, Maryland, where she grew up with “things that aren’t considered ‘black,’ like the swim team and street hockey and Passover dinners with Jewish best friends.”[13] When she was in sixth grade, her family moved to the affluent View Park-Windsor Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles where she attended a predominantly black middle school where Rae said she was “berated for ‘acting white'” and initially found it difficult to “fit into this ‘blackness’ I was supposed to be.”[14] Rae graduated from King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science, where she started acting.[2] Her parents divorced when she was in high school.[12]:100–102

In 2007, Rae graduated from Stanford University with a major in African and African-American Studies. As a college student, she made music videos, wrote and directed plays, and created a mock reality series called Dorm Diaries for fun. At Stanford, Rae met Tracy Oliver, who helped produce Awkward Black Girl and starred on the show as Nina.[13]

After college, Rae received a theater fellowship at The Public Theater in New York City.[2] Oliver and Rae started taking classes together at the New York Film Academy. Rae worked odd jobs and at one point was struggling to decide between business school and law school, but eventually abandoned both ideas when Awkward Black Girl started taking off in 2011.[9]

Career[edit]

Awkward Black Girl[edit]

Rae’s web series Awkward Black Girl premiered on YouTube in 2011. The show follows the life of J (played by Rae) as she interacts with co-workers and love interests who place her in uncomfortable situations. The story is told through first-person narrative as J usually reveals how she feels about her circumstances through voice-over or dream sequence.

The series eventually went viral through word of mouth, blog posts, and social media, resulting in mainstream media coverage and attention.[15][16][17] In an effort to fund the rest of the first season, Rae and producer Tracy Oliver decided to raise money for the series through Kickstarter. On August 11, 2011 they were awarded $56,269 from 1,960 donations and released the rest of season one on Rae’s YouTube channel.[18]

Rae eventually partnered up with Pharrell and premiered season two of the series on his YouTube channel, iamOTHER.[19] Rae also began releasing other content on her original channel, predominantly created by and starring people of color.[20]

In 2013, Awkward Black Girl won a Shorty award for Best Web Show. Rae created Awkward Black Girl because she felt the Hollywood stereotypes of African-American women were limiting and she could not relate to them:

I’ve always had an issue with the [assumption] that people of color, and black people especially, aren’t relatable. I know we are.[21]

By using YouTube as her forum, Rae was able to have autonomy of her work since she writes, films, produces, and edits most of her work. Rae’s other shows—Ratchet Piece Theater, The “F” Word, Roomieloverfriends, and The Choir, among others—also focus on African-American experiences that are often not portrayed in the mainstream media.[22]

Insecure[edit]

In 2013, Rae began working on a comedy series pilot with Larry Wilmore, in which she would star.[23] The series, about the awkward experiences of a contemporary African-American woman, was eventually titled Insecure. HBO picked up the pilot in early 2015 and it was subsequently greenlit.[24] Since its release in 2016, the series has gone on to receive critical acclaim; Eric Deggans of NPR wrote that “Rae has produced a series that feels revolutionary just by poking fun at the life of an average, twentysomething black woman.”[25]

In 2017, the American Film Institute selected it as one of the top 10 television series of the year.[26] For her performance in Insecure, Rae has earned two Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy, in 2017 and 2018.[6]

On November 14, 2016, HBO renewed the show for a second season.[27] The second season premiered on July 23, 2017.[28] On August 8, 2017, it was announced that the show was renewed for a third season.[29]

Other work[edit]

Rae’s first book, a memoir titled The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, was released in 2015 and became a New York Times best-seller. In the book, she chronicles her life through a series of humorous anecdotes and opens up about her personal struggle with not fitting in, and not being considered “black enough” at times.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Rae’s birth name, Jo-Issa, comes from a combination of the names of her grandmothers: Joyce and Isseu. Her middle name, Rae, is after an aunt, who was an artist.[13]

In 2012, Rae was included on the annual Forbes ’30 Under 30′ list in the entertainment section.[30] Rae is currently signed with United Talent Agency and 3 Arts Entertainment.

In media[edit]

Rae appeared on the cover of Essence magazine’s May 2015 “Game Changers” issue, alongside Shonda Rhimes, Ava DuVernay, Debbie Allen, and Mara Brock Akil.[31] Rae expressed her desire for more people of color working in production behind the scenes to make a lasting impact in the television industry.[31]

Filmography[edit]

  • 2011–2013: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (TV series short) — Actor, 24 episodes; Director; Writer, 1 episode: “The Sleepover” (2012); Producer, 1 episode: “The Check” (2013)
  • 2012: M.O. Diaries (TV series) — Executive Producer
  • 2012: The Couple (TV series) — Actor, 1 episode: “Exes and Texts” as Lisa
  • 2012–2013: The Number (TV series short) — Actor, 6 episodes as Lisa
  • 2013: How Men Become Dogs (TV series) — Executive Producer, 9 episodes
  • 2013: True Friendship Society (TV series) — Actor, 1 episode: “Pilot Part Two” as Mama Moth
  • 2013: My Roommate the (TV series) — Actor, 1 episode: “Awkward Black Girl” as J
  • 2013: Instacurity (TV series) — Actor, 1 episode: “The Birthday Party” as Issa
  • 2013: Pharrell Williams: Happy (Video short) — Dancer
  • 2013: Little Horribles (TV series) — Executive Producer, 3 episodes; Actor, 1 episode: “Sexual Activity” as Best Friend
  • 2013-2015: The Choir (TV series) — Executive Producer, 12 episodes; Director, 2 episodes: “Genesis” and “New Blood”; Writer, 12 episodes
  • 2013: Inside Web Series (TV series documentary) — Executive Producer, 6 episodes
  • 2013: Black Actress (TV series) — Producer
  • 2013–2014: Roomieloverfriends (TV series) — Executive Producer, 4 episodes
  • 2014: Hard Times (Video short) — Executive Producer
  • 2014: So Jaded (TV movie) — Executive Producer
  • 2014: Words with Girls (TV movie) — Executive Producer
  • 2014: Bleach (TV movie) — Executive Producer
  • 2014: Head Cases (TV series) — Executive Producer
  • 2014: Black Twitter Screening (Short) — Writer
  • 2014: Rubberhead (TV movie) — Actor, Segment: “Absorption” as Bride 2
  • 2014: Protect and Serve (Short) — Executive Producer; Actor as Police Recruit
  • 2014: A Bitter Lime—Actor as Jane Johnson
  • 2014–2015: First (TV series) — Co-Executive Producer, 10 episodes; Co-Producer, 1 episodes
  • 2015: Killing Lazarus—Producer
  • 2015: Get Your Life (TV series) — Executive Producer
  • 2016–present: Insecure (TV series) — Executive Producer, Writer, Actor, 16 episodes
  • 2018: The Hate U Give
  • 2018: Nice for What (Music video) — Herself

Works and publications[edit]

Issa Rae

Issa Rae

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Issa Rae
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Rae in 2017
Born Jo-Issa Rae Diop
(1985-01-12) January 12, 1985 (age 33)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Other names Joissa Diop
Alma mater Stanford University
Occupation Actress, writer, director, producer, web series creator
Years active 2011–present
Known for Awkward Black Girl, Insecure
Website issarae.com

Jo-Issa “Issa” Rae Diop (born January 12, 1985)[1][2] is an American actress, writer, director, producer, and web series creator. She first attracted attention for her work on the YouTube web series Awkward Black Girl.[3] She subsequently gained further recognition for creating, co-writing, and starring in the HBO television series Insecure.[4][5] For her performance in Insecure, she has received two Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy, in 2017 and 2018.[6]

Since 2011, Rae has continued to develop her YouTube channel, which features various short films, web series, and other content created by people of color.[7][8]

Early life[edit]

Rae was born in Los Angeles, California.[1] Her father, Dr. Abdoulaye Diop, is a pediatric doctor from Senegal, and her mother, Delyna Diop (née Hayward), is a teacher from Louisiana.[9][10] Rae’s parents met in France, when they were both in school. She has four siblings. The family lived in Dakar, Senegal[2] for a short period during her childhood.[11] Her father has a medical practice in Inglewood, California.[12]:xiii

As a child, Rae lived in Potomac, Maryland, where she grew up with “things that aren’t considered ‘black,’ like the swim team and street hockey and Passover dinners with Jewish best friends.”[13] When she was in sixth grade, her family moved to the affluent View Park-Windsor Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles where she attended a predominantly black middle school where Rae said she was “berated for ‘acting white'” and initially found it difficult to “fit into this ‘blackness’ I was supposed to be.”[14] Rae graduated from King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science, where she started acting.[2] Her parents divorced when she was in high school.[12]:100–102

In 2007, Rae graduated from Stanford University with a major in African and African-American Studies. As a college student, she made music videos, wrote and directed plays, and created a mock reality series called Dorm Diaries for fun. At Stanford, Rae met Tracy Oliver, who helped produce Awkward Black Girl and starred on the show as Nina.[13]

After college, Rae received a theater fellowship at The Public Theater in New York City.[2] Oliver and Rae started taking classes together at the New York Film Academy. Rae worked odd jobs and at one point was struggling to decide between business school and law school, but eventually abandoned both ideas when Awkward Black Girl started taking off in 2011.[9]

Career[edit]

Awkward Black Girl[edit]

Rae’s web series Awkward Black Girl premiered on YouTube in 2011. The show follows the life of J (played by Rae) as she interacts with co-workers and love interests who place her in uncomfortable situations. The story is told through first-person narrative as J usually reveals how she feels about her circumstances through voice-over or dream sequence.

The series eventually went viral through word of mouth, blog posts, and social media, resulting in mainstream media coverage and attention.[15][16][17] In an effort to fund the rest of the first season, Rae and producer Tracy Oliver decided to raise money for the series through Kickstarter. On August 11, 2011 they were awarded $56,269 from 1,960 donations and released the rest of season one on Rae’s YouTube channel.[18]

Rae eventually partnered up with Pharrell and premiered season two of the series on his YouTube channel, iamOTHER.[19] Rae also began releasing other content on her original channel, predominantly created by and starring people of color.[20]

In 2013, Awkward Black Girl won a Shorty award for Best Web Show. Rae created Awkward Black Girl because she felt the Hollywood stereotypes of African-American women were limiting and she could not relate to them:

I’ve always had an issue with the [assumption] that people of color, and black people especially, aren’t relatable. I know we are.[21]

By using YouTube as her forum, Rae was able to have autonomy of her work since she writes, films, produces, and edits most of her work. Rae’s other shows—Ratchet Piece Theater, The “F” Word, Roomieloverfriends, and The Choir, among others—also focus on African-American experiences that are often not portrayed in the mainstream media.[22]

Insecure[edit]

In 2013, Rae began working on a comedy series pilot with Larry Wilmore, in which she would star.[23] The series, about the awkward experiences of a contemporary African-American woman, was eventually titled Insecure. HBO picked up the pilot in early 2015 and it was subsequently greenlit.[24] Since its release in 2016, the series has gone on to receive critical acclaim; Eric Deggans of NPR wrote that “Rae has produced a series that feels revolutionary just by poking fun at the life of an average, twentysomething black woman.”[25]

In 2017, the American Film Institute selected it as one of the top 10 television series of the year.[26] For her performance in Insecure, Rae has earned two Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy, in 2017 and 2018.[6]

On November 14, 2016, HBO renewed the show for a second season.[27] The second season premiered on July 23, 2017.[28] On August 8, 2017, it was announced that the show was renewed for a third season.[29]

Other work[edit]

Rae’s first book, a memoir titled The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, was released in 2015 and became a New York Times best-seller. In the book, she chronicles her life through a series of humorous anecdotes and opens up about her personal struggle with not fitting in, and not being considered “black enough” at times.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Rae’s birth name, Jo-Issa, comes from a combination of the names of her grandmothers: Joyce and Isseu. Her middle name, Rae, is after an aunt, who was an artist.[13]

In 2012, Rae was included on the annual Forbes ’30 Under 30′ list in the entertainment section.[30] Rae is currently signed with United Talent Agency and 3 Arts Entertainment.

In media[edit]

Rae appeared on the cover of Essence magazine’s May 2015 “Game Changers” issue, alongside Shonda Rhimes, Ava DuVernay, Debbie Allen, and Mara Brock Akil.[31] Rae expressed her desire for more people of color working in production behind the scenes to make a lasting impact in the television industry.[31]

Filmography[edit]

  • 2011–2013: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (TV series short) — Actor, 24 episodes; Director; Writer, 1 episode: “The Sleepover” (2012); Producer, 1 episode: “The Check” (2013)
  • 2012: M.O. Diaries (TV series) — Executive Producer
  • 2012: The Couple (TV series) — Actor, 1 episode: “Exes and Texts” as Lisa
  • 2012–2013: The Number (TV series short) — Actor, 6 episodes as Lisa
  • 2013: How Men Become Dogs (TV series) — Executive Producer, 9 episodes
  • 2013: True Friendship Society (TV series) — Actor, 1 episode: “Pilot Part Two” as Mama Moth
  • 2013: My Roommate the (TV series) — Actor, 1 episode: “Awkward Black Girl” as J
  • 2013: Instacurity (TV series) — Actor, 1 episode: “The Birthday Party” as Issa
  • 2013: Pharrell Williams: Happy (Video short) — Dancer
  • 2013: Little Horribles (TV series) — Executive Producer, 3 episodes; Actor, 1 episode: “Sexual Activity” as Best Friend
  • 2013-2015: The Choir (TV series) — Executive Producer, 12 episodes; Director, 2 episodes: “Genesis” and “New Blood”; Writer, 12 episodes
  • 2013: Inside Web Series (TV series documentary) — Executive Producer, 6 episodes
  • 2013: Black Actress (TV series) — Producer
  • 2013–2014: Roomieloverfriends (TV series) — Executive Producer, 4 episodes
  • 2014: Hard Times (Video short) — Executive Producer
  • 2014: So Jaded (TV movie) — Executive Producer
  • 2014: Words with Girls (TV movie) — Executive Producer
  • 2014: Bleach (TV movie) — Executive Producer
  • 2014: Head Cases (TV series) — Executive Producer
  • 2014: Black Twitter Screening (Short) — Writer
  • 2014: Rubberhead (TV movie) — Actor, Segment: “Absorption” as Bride 2
  • 2014: Protect and Serve (Short) — Executive Producer; Actor as Police Recruit
  • 2014: A Bitter Lime—Actor as Jane Johnson
  • 2014–2015: First (TV series) — Co-Executive Producer, 10 episodes; Co-Producer, 1 episodes
  • 2015: Killing Lazarus—Producer
  • 2015: Get Your Life (TV series) — Executive Producer
  • 2016–present: Insecure (TV series) — Executive Producer, Writer, Actor, 16 episodes
  • 2018: The Hate U Give
  • 2018: Nice for What (Music video) — Herself

Works and publications[edit]

ISSA RAE

Issa Rae was born on January 12, 1985 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is a producer and actress, known for Insecure (2016), The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (2011) and The Choir (2013).
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Actress (19 credits)
 2018 The Hate U Give (post-production)
April Ofrah
 2016-2018 Insecure (TV Series)
Issa Dee

Episode #3.2 (2018) … Issa Dee
Episode #3.1 (2018) … Issa Dee
Hella Perspective (2017) … Issa Dee
Hella Disrespectful (2017) … Issa Dee
Hella Blows (2017) … Issa Dee
 2018 Drake: Nice for What (Video short)
 2017 Jay-Z: Moonlight (Short)
Rachel
 2015 A Bitter Lime
Jane Johnson
 2015 Protect and Serve (Short)
Police Recruit
 2014 Rubberhead (TV Movie)
Bride 2 (segment “Absorption”)
 2013 Little Horribles (Short)
 2013 Pharrell Williams: Happy (Video short)
Dancer
 2013 Instacurity (TV Series)
Issa

The Birthday Party (2013) … Issa
 2013 My Roommate the (TV Series)
J

Awkward Black Girl (2013) … J
 2013 Orange Is the New Black and Sexy (TV Series short)
Taystee
 2013 True Friendship Society (TV Series)
Mama Moth

Pilot Part Two (2013) … Mama Moth
 2013 Little Horribles (TV Series)
Best Friend

Sexual Activity (2013) … Best Friend
 2012-2013 The Number (TV Series short)
Lisa

The Slumberette Party (2013) … Lisa
Episode #2.1 (2012) … Lisa
The Break Up (2012) … Lisa
Shut Up! (2012) … Lisa
 2011-2013 The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (TV Series short)
J

The Change (2013) … J
The Apology (2013) … J
The Call (2013) … J
The Check (2013) … J
The Friends (2012) … J
 2012 The Couple (TV Series)
Lisa

Exes and Texts (2012) … Lisa

ISSA RAE

Issa Rae was born on January 12, 1985 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is a producer and actress, known for Insecure (2016), Exhale (2013) and The Choir (2013).

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Filmography

  Producer (20 credits)
 2017 Minimum Wage (TV Series) (executive producer) (pre-production)
 2017 Giants (TV Series) (executive producer)
 2016-2017 Insecure (TV Series) (executive producer – 16 episodes)

Episode #2.7 (2017) … (executive producer)
Episode #2.6 (2017) … (executive producer)
Episode #2.8 (2017) … (executive producer)
Hella Shook (2017) … (executive producer)
Hella LA (2017) … (executive producer)
 2015 Get Your Life (TV Series) (executive producer)
  First (TV Series) (co-executive producer – 10 episodes, 2014 – 2015) (co-producer – 1 episode, 2014)

The First Candlelit Dinner (2015) … (co-executive producer)
The First Proposal (2015) … (co-executive producer)
The First Spring Break (2015) … (co-executive producer)
The First Confession Pt 2 (2015) … (co-executive producer)
The First New Chapter (2015) … (co-executive producer)
 2015 Killing Lazarus (producer)
 2013-2015 The Choir (TV Series) (executive producer – 12 episodes)

Control (2015) … (executive producer)
Truth to Light (2015) … (executive producer)
Babel (2015) … (executive producer)
New Testament (2015) … (executive producer)
Lust (2013) … (executive producer)
 2015 Protect and Serve (Short) (executive producer)
 2014 Head Cases (TV Series) (executive producer)
 2014 Bleach (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 2014 Words with Girls (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 2014 So Jaded (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 2014 Hard Times (Video short) (executive producer)
 2013-2014 Roomieloverfriends (TV Series) (executive producer – 4 episodes)

Episode #2.9 (2014) … (executive producer)
Episode #2.8 (2014) … (executive producer)
Episode #2.7 (2014) … (executive producer)
Episode #2.6 (2013) … (executive producer)
 2013 Black Actress (TV Series) (producer)
 2013 Inside Web Series (TV Series documentary) (executive producer – 6 episodes)

The Future (2013) … (executive producer)
Festivals and Community (2013) … (executive producer)
From Edit to Online (2013) … (executive producer)
Web Series Production (2013) … (executive producer)
Web Series Pre-production (2013) … (executive producer)
 2013 Little Horribles (TV Series) (executive producer – 3 episodes)

Minibar (2013) … (executive producer)
Date (2013) … (executive producer)
Sexual Activity (2013) … (executive producer)
 2013 How Men Become Dogs (TV Series) (executive producer – 9 episodes)

Bury the Bones (2013) … (executive producer)
Loyalty Bites (2013) … (executive producer)
Beware of Dog (2013) … (executive producer)
Two Bones in a Bowl (2013) … (executive producer)
Doggie Style (2013) … (executive producer)
 2013 The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (TV Series short) (producer – 1 episode)

The Check (2013) … (producer)
 2012 M.O. Diaries (TV Series) (executive producer)

Issa Rae

Issa Rae

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Issa Rae
Born Jo-Issa Rae Diop
(1985-01-12) January 12, 1985 (age 32)
Los Angeles, California U.S.
Nationality SenegaleseAmerican
Other names Joissa Diop
Alma mater Stanford University
Occupation Director, writer, actress, producer, web series creator
Years active 2011–present
Known for Awkward Black Girl, Insecure
Website issarae.com

Jo-Issa “Issa” Rae Diop (born January 12, 1985)[1][2] is an American actress, writer, director, producer and web series creator. She is best known as the creator of the YouTube web series Awkward Black Girl.[3] Since the premiere of Awkward Black Girl, Rae has developed her own YouTube platform where she features various content created by people of color.[4][5] Rae’s shows have garnered over 20 million views and over 260,000 subscribers on YouTube.[6]

As of 2017, Rae is the creator, co-writer and star of the HBO series Insecure, which is partially based on Awkward Black Girl.[7][8][9]

Early life[edit]

Rae was born in Los Angeles, California.[1] Her father, Dr. Abdoulaye Diop, is a pediatric doctor from Senegal, and her mother, Delyna Diop (née Hayward), is a teacher from Louisiana.[10][11] Rae’s parents met in France, when they were both in school. She has four siblings. The family lived in Dakar, Senegal[2] for a short period during her childhood.[12] Her father has a medical practice in Inglewood, California.[13]:xiii

As a child, Rae lived in Potomac, Maryland, where she grew up with “things that aren’t considered ‘black,’ like the swim team and street hockey and Passover dinners with Jewish best friends.”[14] When she was in sixth grade, her family moved to the Windsor Hills section of Los Angeles where she attended a predominantly black middle school where Rae said she was “berated for ‘acting white'” and initially found it difficult to “fit into this ‘blackness’ I was supposed to be.”[15] Rae graduated from King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science, where she started acting.[2] Her parents divorced when she was in high school.[13]:100–102

In 2007, Rae graduated from Stanford University with a major in African and African-American Studies. As a college student, she made music videos, wrote and directed plays, and created a mock reality series called Dorm Diaries for fun. At Stanford, Rae met Tracy Oliver, who helped produce Awkward Black Girl and starred on the show as Nina.[14]

After college, Rae received a theater fellowship at The Public Theater in New York City.[2] Oliver and Rae started taking classes together at the New York Film Academy. Rae worked odd jobs and at one point was struggling to decide between business school and law school, but abandoned both ideas when Awkward Black Girl started taking off in 2011.[10]

Career[edit]

Awkward Black Girl[edit]

Rae’s web series Awkward Black Girl premiered on YouTube in 2011. The show follows the life of J (played by Rae) as she interacts with co-workers and love interests who place her in uncomfortable situations. The story is told through first-person narrative as J usually reveals how she feels about her circumstances through voice-over or dream sequence.

The series eventually went viral through word of mouth, blog posts, and social media, resulting in mainstream media coverage and attention.[16][17][18] In an effort to fund the rest of the first season, Issa Rae and producer Tracy Oliver decided to raise money for the series through Kickstarter. On August 11, 2011 they were awarded $56,269 from 1,960 donations and released the rest of season one on Rae’s YouTube channel.[19]

Rae eventually partnered up with Pharrell and premiered season two of the series on his YouTube channel, iamOTHER.[20] Rae also began releasing other content on her original channel, predominantly created by and starring people of color.[21]

In 2013, Awkward Black Girl won a Shorty award for Best Web Show. Rae created Awkward Black Girl because she felt the Hollywood stereotypes of African-American women were limiting and she could not relate to them:

By using YouTube as her forum, Rae was able to have autonomy of her work since she writes, films, produces, and edits all of her work. Rae’s other shows—Ratchet Piece Theater, The “F” Word, Roomieloverfriends, and The Choir, among others—also focus on African-American experiences that are often not portrayed in the mainstream media.[23]

Insecure[edit]

In 2013, she began working on a comedy series pilot with Larry Wilmore, who in addition to being an actor has a long history of producing and writing television, about the awkward experiences of a contemporary African-American woman, in which she would star, which was eventually titled Insecure.[24] HBO picked up the pilot in early 2015 and it was subsequently greenlit, scheduled for a fall 2016 release.[25]

Writing[edit]

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, Issa Rae’s New York Times best selling memoir hit the shelves February 2015. She chronicles her life through a series of humorous anecdotes. She opens up about her personal struggle with not fitting in, and not being considered black enough at times.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Rae’s birth name, Jo-Issa, comes from a combination of the names of her grandmothers: Joyce and Isseu. Her middle name, Rae, is after an aunt, who was an artist.[14]

In 2012, Rae was included on the annual Forbes ’30 Under 30′ list in the entertainment section.[26] Rae is currently signed with United Talent Agency and 3 Arts Entertainment.

In media[edit]

Rae appeared on the cover of Essence magazine’s May 2015 Game Changers issue, alongside Shonda Rhimes, Ava DuVernay, Debbie Allen, and Mara Brock Akil. Rae expressed her desire for more people of color working in production behind the scenes to make a lasting impact in the television industry.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

  • 2011–2013: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (TV series short) — Actor, 24 episodes; Director; Writer, 1 episode: “The Sleepover” (2012); Producer, 1 episode: “The Check” (2013)
  • 2012: M.O. Diaries (TV series) — Executive Producer
  • 2012: The Couple (TV series) — Actor, 1 episode: “Exes and Texts” as Lisa
  • 2012–2013: The Number (TV series short) — Actor, 6 episodes as Lisa
  • 2013: How Men Become Dogs (TV series) — Executive Producer, 9 episodes
  • 2013: True Friendship Society (TV series) — Actor, 1 episode: “Pilot Part Two” as Mama Moth
  • 2013: My Roommate the (TV series) — Actor, 1 episode: “Awkward Black Girl” as J
  • 2013: Instacurity (TV series) — Actor, 1 episode: “The Birthday Party” as Issa
  • 2013: Pharrell Williams: Happy (Video short) — Dancer
  • 2013: Little Horribles (TV series) — Executive Producer, 3 episodes; Actor, 1 episode: “Sexual Activity” as Best Friend
  • 2013-2015: The Choir (TV series) — Executive Producer, 12 episodes; Director, 2 episodes: “Genesis” and “New Blood”; Writer, 12 episodes
  • 2013: Inside Web Series (TV series documentary) — Executive Producer, 6 episodes
  • 2013: Black Actress (TV series) — Producer
  • 2013–2014: Roomieloverfriends (TV series) — Executive Producer, 4 episodes
  • 2014: Hard Times (Video short) — Executive Producer
  • 2014: So Jaded (TV movie) — Executive Producer
  • 2014: Words with Girls (TV movie) — Executive Producer
  • 2014: Bleach (TV movie) — Executive Producer
  • 2014: Head Cases (TV series) — Executive Producer
  • 2014: Black Twitter Screening (Short) — Writer
  • 2014: Rubberhead (TV movie) — Actor, Segment: “Absorption” as Bride 2
  • 2014: Protect and Serve (Short) — Executive Producer; Actor as Police Recruit
  • 2014: A Bitter Lime—Actor as Jane Johnson
  • 2014–2015: First (TV series) — Co-Executive Producer, 10 episodes; Co-Producer, 1 episodes
  • 2015: Killing Lazarus—Producer
  • 2015: Get Your Life (TV series) — Executive Producer
  • 2016–present: Insecure (TV series) — Executive Producer, Writer, Actor, 8 episodes

Works and publications[edit]

Issa Rae

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Issa Rae

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Issa Rae
Born Jo-Issa Rae Diop
(1985-01-12) January 12, 1985 (age 31)
Los Angeles, California U.S.
Nationality Senegalese-American
Other names Joissa Diop
Alma mater Stanford University
Occupation Director
Writer
Actor
Producer
Years active 2011-present
Known for Awkward Black Girl
Insecure
Website IssaRae.com

Jo-Issa “Issa” Rae Diop (born January 12, 1985)[1][2] is an American actress, writer, director, producer and web series creator. She is best known as the creator of the YouTube web series Awkward Black Girl.[3] Since the premiere of Awkward Black Girl, Rae has developed her own YouTube platform where she features various content created by people of color.[4][5] Rae’s shows have garnered over 20 million views and over 200,000 subscribers on YouTube.[6]

As of 2016, Rae is the creator, co-writer and star of the HBO series Insecure, which is partially based on Awkward Black Girl.[7][8][9]

Early life[edit]

Rae was born in Los Angeles, California.[1] Her father, Dr. Abdoulaye Diop, is a pediatric doctor from Senegal and her mother, Delyna Diop (née Hayward), is a teacher who comes from Louisiana.[10] Rae’s parents met in France when they were both in school. She has four siblings. The family lived in Dakar, Senegal[2] for a short period during her childhood.[11] Her father has a medical practice in Inglewood, California.[12]:xiii

As a child, Rae lived in Potomac, Maryland, where she grew up with “things that aren’t considered ‘black,’ like the swim team and street hockey and Passover dinners with Jewish best friends.”[13] When she was in sixth grade, her family moved to the Windsor Hills section of Los Angeles where she attended a predominantly black middle school where Rae said she was “berated for ‘acting white'” and initially found it difficult to “fit into this ‘blackness’ I was supposed to be.”[14] Rae graduated from King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science, where she started acting.[2] Her parents divorced when she was in high school.[12]:100–102

In 2007, Rae graduated from Stanford University with a major in African and African-American Studies. As a college student, she made music videos, wrote and directed plays, and created a mock reality series called Dorm Diaries for fun. At Stanford, Rae met Tracy Oliver, who helped produce Awkward Black Girl and starred on the show as Nina.[13]

After college, Rae received a theater fellowship at The Public Theater in New York City.[2] Oliver and Rae started taking classes together at the New York Film Academy. Rae worked odd jobs and at one point was struggling to decide between business school and law school, but abandoned both ideas when Awkward Black Girl started taking off in 2011.[10]

Career[edit]

Awkward Black Girl[edit]

Main article: Awkward Black Girl

Rae’s web series Awkward Black Girl premiered on YouTube in 2011. The show follows the life of J (played by Rae) as she interacts with co-workers and love interests who place her in uncomfortable situations. The story is told through first-person narrative as J usually reveals how she feels about her circumstances through voice-over or dream sequence.

The series eventually went viral through word of mouth, blog posts, and social media, resulting in mainstream media coverage and attention.[15][16][17] In an effort to fund the rest of the first season, Issa Rae and producer Tracy Oliver decided to raise money for the series through Kickstarter. On August 11, 2011 they were awarded $56,269 from 1,960 donations and released the rest of season one on Rae’s YouTube channel.[18]

Rae eventually partnered up with Pharrell and premiered season two of the series on his YouTube channel, iamOTHER.[19] Rae also began releasing other content on her original channel, predominantly created by and starring people of color.[20]

In 2013, Awkward Black Girl won a Shorty award for Best Web Show.

Rae created Awkward Black Girl because she felt the Hollywood stereotypes of African-American women were limiting and she could not relate to them:

I felt like my voice was missing, and the voices of other people that I really respect and admire and want to see in the mainstream are missing.[10]

“I’ve always had an issue with the [assumption] that people of color,, and Black people especially, aren’t relatable. I know we are.”[21]

By using YouTube as her forum, Rae was able to have autonomy of her work since she writes, films, produces, and edits all of her work. Rae’s other shows—Ratchet Piece Theater, The “F” Word, Roomieloverfriends, and The Choir, among others—also focus on African-American experiences that are often not portrayed in the mainstream media.

Insecure[edit]

Main article: Insecure (TV series)

In 2013, she began working on a comedy series pilot with Larry Wilmore, who in addition to being an actor has a long history of producing and writing television, about the awkward experiences of a contemporary African-American woman, in which she would star, which was eventually titled Insecure.[22] HBO picked up the pilot in early 2015 and it was subsequently greenlit, scheduled for a fall 2016 release.[23]

Writing[edit]

The Miss-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl, Issa Rae’s New York Times best selling memoir hit the shelves February 2015. She chronicles her life through a series of hilarious anecdotes. She opens up about her personal struggle with not fitting in, and not being considered black enough at times.

Personal life[edit]

Rae’s birth name, Jo-Issa, comes from a combination of the names of her grandmothers: Joyce and Isseu. Her middle name, Rae, is after an aunt, who was an artist.[13]

In 2012, Rae was included on the annual Forbes ’30 Under 30′ list in the entertainment section.[24]

Rae is currently signed with United Talent Agency and 3 Arts Entertainment.

In the Media[edit]

Rae appeared on the cover of Essence magazine’s May 2015 Game Changers issue alongside Shonda Rhimes, Ava DuVernay, Debbie Allen, Mara Brock Akil. Rae expressed her desire for more people of color working in production behind the scenes to truly make a lasting impact in the television industry.

Filmography[edit]

  • 2011-2013: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (TV series short) — Actor, 24 episodes; Director; Writer, 1 episode: “The Sleepover” (2012); Producer, 1 episode: “The Check” (2013)
  • 2012: M.O. Diaries (TV series) — Executive Producer
  • 2012: The Couple (TV series) — Actor, 1 episode: “Exes and Texts” as Lisa
  • 2012-2013: The Number (TV series short) — Actor, 6 episodes as Lisa
  • 2013: How Men Become Dogs (TV series) — Executive Producer, 9 episodes
  • 2013: True Friendship Socity (TV series) — Actor, 1 episode: “Pilot Part Two” as Mama Moth
  • 2013: Orange Is the New Black and Sexy (TV series short) — Actor as Taystee
  • 2013: My Roommate the (TV series) — Actor, 1 episode: “Awkward Black Girl” as J
  • 2013: Instacurity (TV series) — Actor, 1 episode: “The Birthday Party” as Issa
  • 2013: Pharrell Williams: Happy (Video short) — Dancer
  • 2013: Little Horribles (TV series) — Executive Producer, 3 episodes; Actor, 1 episode: “Sexual Activity” as Best Friend
  • 2013-2015: The Choir (TV series) –Executive Producer, 12 episodes; Director, 2 episodes: “Genesis” and “New Blood”; Writer, 12 episodes
  • 2013: Inside Web Series (TV series documentary) — Executive Producer, 6 episodes
  • 2013: Black Actress (TV series) — Producer
  • 2013-2014: Roomieloverfriends (TV series) — Executive Producer, 4 episodes
  • 2014: Hard Times (Video short) — Executive Producer
  • 2014: So Jaded (TV movie) — Executive Producer
  • 2014: Words with Girls (TV movie) — Executive Producer
  • 2014: Bleach (TV movie) — Executive Producer
  • 2014: Head Cases (TV series) — Executive Producer
  • 2014: Black Twitter Screening (Short) — Writer
  • 2014: Rubberhead (TV movie) — Actor, Segment: “Absorption” as Bride 2
  • 2014: Protect and Serve (Short) — Executive Producer; Actor as Police Recruit
  • 2014: A Bitter Lime—Actor as Jane Johnson
  • 2014-2015: First (TV series) — Co-Executive Producer, 10 episodes; Co-Producer, 1 episodes
  • 2015: Killing Lazarus—Producer
  • 2015: Get Your Life (TV series) — Executive Producer
  • 2016: Insecure (TV series) — Executive Producer, Writer, Actor, 8 episodes

Works and publications[edit]