As you may know, I love love love to read about, talk about, write about black voices, and most importantly, people, especially women, who raise these positive, uplifting Black voices for all to hear. And one such woman, that I have so much admiration for, is our favorite “Awkward Black Girl” Issa Rae. If you have not heard about Miss Rae, well you need to get your Youtube on, and look for “The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl, like….right now!
Producer, writer, and director Issa Rae is the powerful and multi-talented voice behind Issa Rae Productions, and the most popular “Akward Black Girl.” A graduate from Stanford University and the NY Film Academy, Miss Rae has been pioneering the fight to portray people of color, and give voice to characters of color in the media. And that’s just what she did with the uber-popular ”Akward Black Girl”, in which she recounts the adventures, or rather the misadventures of “J”, a Black girl who happens to be a nerdy, awkward, and oh so funny young woman. And it’s not the only web series produced by the talented Issa Rae, as her other shows include “The F Word”, “Ratchetpiece Theater”, “Let Leslie Tell it”, and “RommieLoverFriends”.
Issa Rae has been featured as a Forbes 30 under 30 recipient, Root 100 Most Influential Person, and was the 2012 Shorty Award for Best Web Show for ABG. And not only has she grabbed the attention of giants of the industry like singer Pharrell Williams, but she’s also had the opportunity to work with the great Shonda Rhimes and ABC Studios. She is now working with Tracey Edmonds to release “The Choir”, a musical web series. Her latest project is a documentary series about actresses of color, entitled “Black Actresses”.
Check out below one of the many funny episodes of “Awkward Black Girl”, as well as Miss Rae’s latest project’s trailer, “Black Actress”: