Issa Rae is best known for her YouTube series ‘Awkward Black Girl’ garnered 200,000 subscribers for her channel where she shares the content created by ‘People of Colour’. Her full name is Jo-Issa Rae Diop and she was born on January 12, 1985, in Los Angeles, California, the US to a father Dr. Abdoulaye Diop- a pediatric doctor and mother Delyna Diop- a school teacher from Louisiana, US. While she was in high school her parents divorced making life somewhat difficult.
Issa has four siblings and family lived in Dakar, Senegal during her childhood. Later, they moved on to the US and her father is a paediatric practitioner at Inglewood, California. When the family was living Potomac, Maryland she had a good life with her Jewish friends without any discrimination due to her color. But when the family moved to Windsor Hill section in Los Angeles she had to attend predominantly black middle school where she was underrated for ‘acting white’, as per her profile on Wikipedia.
She is graduated from Stanford University in 2007 with African and African-American studies as her major. Soon after the college she received the fellowship at The Public Theatre in New York and she was confused to choose her career in business or in law but later dropped off both ideas in 2011, due to the momentum she got from her series ‘Awkward Black Girl’. There is no information about her marriage and we speculate that she is unmarried.
At present Issa Rae wears many hats like Web Series Creator, Director, Actor, Writer, and producer. She is the co-writer, creator of and star of series ‘Insecure’, based on ‘Awkward Black Girl’ and aired on HBO.
Issa is multi-talented and performed various roles in films and TV series. Her profile on imdb.com proves her multi talented nature where she has 20 credits as a producer, 14 credits as actor, 4 credits as writer, 2 as director and 1 credit for Soundtrack.
She was also part of short TV series ‘The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl’ between 2011 to 2013. She has produced TV series like ‘M.O.Dairies’, ‘How Men Become Dogs’, ‘Little Horribles’, ‘The Choir’ and much more.
She has written for series Insecure, The Choir, Black Twitter Screening, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl and did the soundtrack for one episode of The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.
Most of the times Issa is involved in writing, producing, directing and acting in a series at the same time. Some of her best performances in acting can be seen in Insecure, A Bitter Lime, Protect and Serve, Insecurity etc.
During her career, she was nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Performance in TV series (Musical or Comedy) and Image Awards for Outstanding Actress in Comedy Series. She was also nominated for Image Award for Outstanding Writing in Comedy Series for Insecure but failed to win any of them. But recently she won ABFF’s Rising Star Award.
However, Issa Rae won the Shorty Award for Best Web Show in 2013 for her YouTube series ‘The Awkward Black Girl’.
Apart from her filming and TV series activities, in February 2015, Issa released her collection of essays as a memoir which was featured in New York Times Bestselling. Issa Rae is quite famous and active celebrity in the US which landed in her internationally acclaimed lists. She was featured in Entertainment Weekly’s Breaking Big list, Forbes’s 30 under 30 lists, and Glamour Magazine’s 35 under 35 lists.
Issa Rae Net Worth
Through her variety of skills and brain with a lot of ideas, Issa earns a handsome income. As of 2017 her net worth is around $1 million US dollars. However, we could not find information about her business model and cars collection.
Issa was in news for her series ‘Insecure’ and Melina Matsoukas- director of TV shows and music videos agreed to work in the series.
Another story was published on February 22, 2017, on essence.com which announces the ABFF’s Rising Star Award for Issa Rae and giving her a new nickname-Issa Bae.
Certainly, Issa is the person capable of balancing multiple hats simultaneously; her success and her recent award proved that more than enough. The new Rising Star is still away from major controversy and we hope she will maintain that in future too. We hope more creative stories from her pen and impressive performances in her future career.