Following the success of her web series “Awkward Black Girl”, Issa landed a deal with HBO a few years back and created “Insecure” along with TV royalty Larry Wilmore. Larry has contributed to many culture shifting shows; from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to ABC’s “Black-ish” starring Tracee Ellis Ross.
“The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” was a great addition to the Youtube space, it delved into such relatable topics as well as providing alternative representations of black women, especially through Issa’s character. Issa Rae’s witty humour and comedic timing made the web series an amazing watch; when the news was heard that HBO has picked up the pilot for a season one, many were excited to see how Issa would bring this infectious character to our TV screens.
Here we are a season and a half in; and the show has been nothing but success. The series follows Issa Dee (played by Issa Rae herself) navigating through everyday life as well exploring the black female experience with her best friends in Los Angeles. The show has viewers glued to their screens every week anticipating what will happen next; and after last seasons epic finale, we question whether we are “Team Issa” or a member of the “Lawerence Hive”. It is so refreshing to see such relatable topics brought to the forefront. Ranging from the gender pay gap, infidelity to even race relations within the workplace. The show does a fantastic job of bringing genuine stories to life, sparking conversations within the culture.
But Issa is not just the creator of the hit series, soon to make her film debut she has so much more to offer. Issa will star along side Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall and Common in “ The Hate You Give” The film based on Angela Thomas’ debut novel will be directed by George Tillman Jr; Issa will play “April” an activist who helps Amandla’s character find her voice. Which is not far from her usual self, most recently starring in Jay Z’s "Moonlight" video, which recreates the 1996 Friends aesthetic while Jay Z’s lyrics shine through. Issa is great at helping others bring their visions to life.
It has been a great few years for Issa Rae, from having her book “Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” being a New York Times Bestseller, having the web series adapted for HBO, to making her film debut. It is fair to say that Issa is on a roll. We can't wait to see what’s next for her.