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Issa Rae

Issa Rae

Highest Rated: 100% Dark City Beneath the Beat (2020)

Lowest Rated: 17% Gray Matter (2023)

Birthday: Jan 12, 1985

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Born in Los Angeles in 1985, Jo-Issa Rae Diop lived in Dakar, Senegal for a short time, but was raised in Maryland until sixth grade when her family moved to Los Angeles. Diop attended Stanford, graduating in 2007 with a major in African and African-American Studies. While in college, she was active in the arts, making music videos and creating a mock reality series called "Dorm Diaries." In 2008, a friend began calling her Issa Rae, and Diop decided that she would use the name for her creative endeavors. After graduation she received a theater fellowship at The Public Theater in New York and began taking film classes. An article bemoaning the lack of African-American geeks portrayed in media led Rae to create "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl" (YouTube, 2011-2013). Rae and her friend Tracy Oliver both produced and acted in the first season, which debuted on YouTube in 2011. The overwhelmingly positive response led the two to launch a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $50,000 to fund more episodes of the show. Rae partnered with Pharrell Williams and premiered the second season of the show on his YouTube channel, iamOther. The show won the Shorty Award for Best Web Show in 2012 and ended its run in February of 2013. In 2015, Rae published a memoir titled "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl," and in 2016, she starred in and produced the critically acclaimed series "Insecure" (HBO, 2016-). Between seasons of the series, Rae appeared in the acclaimed drama "The Hate U Give" (2018).

Highest rated movies

97% The Hate U Give 93% American Fiction 88% Barbie 82% Vengeance 75% The Photograph 66% The Lovebirds 46% Little

Photos

Issa Rae at arrivals for 2019 NBA Awards Presented by Kia on TNT, Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, CA June 24, 2019. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Issa Rae at arrivals for 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala, The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, CA June 12, 2019. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Issa Rae at arrivals for AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to Denzel Washington, The Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, CA June 6, 2019. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Issa Rae at arrivals for A WRINKLE IN TIME Premiere, El Capitan Theatre, Los Angeles, CA February 26, 2018. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Issa Rae at arrivals for 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals 2, The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA January 7, 2018. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Issa Rae at arrivals for The Clara Lionel Foundation 4th Annual Diamond Ball, Cipriani Wall Street, New Yoyrk, NY September 13, 2018. Photo By: Jason Mendez/Everett Collection Issa Rae at arrivals for BET''s Black Girls Rock! 2017, NJPAC, Newark, NJ August 5, 2017. Photo By: RCF/Everett Collection LITTLE, FROM LEFT: MARSAI MARTIN, ISSA RAE, 2019. PH: ELI JOSHUA ADE/© UNIVERSAL LITTLE, FROM LEFT: PRODUCER WILL PACKER, ISSA RAE, ON SET, 2019. PH: ELI JOSHUA ADE/© UNIVERSAL LITTLE, FROM LEFT: JUSTIN HARTLEY, MARSAI MARTIN, ISSA RAE, 2019. PH: ELI JOSHUA ADE/© UNIVERSAL LITTLE, FROM LEFT: MARSAI MARTIN, ISSA RAE, 2019. PH: ELI JOSHUA ADE/© UNIVERSAL LITTLE, FROM LEFT: MARSAI MARTIN, ISSA RAE, 2019. © PH: ELI JOSHUA ADE/UNIVERSAL LITTLE, FROM LEFT: MARSAI MARTIN, DIRECTOR TINA GORDON, ISSA RAE (BACK TO CAMERA), ON SET, 2019. © PH: ELI JOSHUA ADE/UNIVERSAL LITTLE, FROM LEFT: ISSA RAE, MARSAI MARTIN, 2019. © PH: ELI JOSHUA ADE/UNIVERSAL Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, Issa Rae (L), W. Kamau Bell (R), 08/09/2012, ©FX Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, Issa Rae (L), W. Kamau Bell (R), 08/09/2012, ©FX Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, Issa Rae, 08/09/2012, ©FX LITTLE, FROM LEFT: ISSA RAE, MARSAI MARTIN, 2019. © UNIVERSAL

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse Jessica Drew / Spider-Woman (Character) - 2024
93% 96% American Fiction Sintara (Character) $21.0M 2023
88% 83% Barbie Barbie (Character) $636.2M 2023
17% 72% Gray Matter Executive Producer - 2023
95% 94% Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Jessica Drew (Voice) $381.2M 2023
82% 86% Vengeance Eloise (Character) $4.2M 2022
No Score Yet 75% Insecure: The End Self,
Executive Producer
- 2021
100% 83% Dark City Beneath the Beat Producer - 2020
66% 51% The Lovebirds Leilani (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2020
75% 81% The Photograph Mae (Character),
Executive Producer
$20.6M 2020
46% 63% Little April Williams (Character) $40.6M 2019
No Score Yet 100% Hair Love Mom (Voice) - 2019
97% 81% The Hate U Give April Ofrah (Character) $29.6M 2018

TV

Credit
100% 77% Rap Sh!t Creator,
Executive Producer,
Writer
2022-2023
No Score Yet 7% The View Guest 2016-2017 2019-2020 2022-2023
100% 89% Young Love Angela Young (Voice) 2023
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2017 2019-2020 2023
No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2016-2017 2019 2023
86% No Score Yet Project Greenlight: A New Generation Executive Producer,
Host
2023
No Score Yet 52% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2023
No Score Yet 23% The Jennifer Hudson Show Guest 2023
100% 59% A Black Lady Sketch Show Executive Producer 2019 2021-2023
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hair Tales Self 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sweet Life: Los Angeles Executive Producer,
Guest
2021-2022
No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2019-2020 2022
71% 39% Roar Wanda (Character) 2022
97% 82% Insecure Issa (Character),
Writer,
Creator,
Executive Producer
2016-2018 2020-2021
No Score Yet 47% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2017-2018 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Desus & Mero Guest 2019-2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Finding Your Roots Guest 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sesame Street Unknown (Guest Star) 2020
No Score Yet 58% Saturday Night Live Host 2020
No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hot Ones Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2017-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Desus & Mero Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Guest 2016