Issa Rae

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Actress • YouTuber • Writer • Director

Birth Date: January 12, 1985

Age: 39 years old

Birth Place: Los Angeles, California

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).

Credits

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Self
Awards
2024

Young LoveStream

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Angela Young
Series
2023
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Project Greenlight: A New GenerationStream

Executive Producer
Reality
2023
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Project Greenlight: A New GenerationStream

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Reality
2023
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BarbieStream

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Barbie
Movie
2023
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Spider-Man: Across the Spider-VerseStream

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Jessica Drew
Movie
2023
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Gray MatterStream

Executive Producer
Movie
2023
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American FictionStream

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Sintara Golden
Movie
2023
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Barbie (Acessibilidade)

Actor
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Movie
2023

The Hair TalesStream

Self
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2022

Sherri

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Talk
2022

The Jennifer Hudson Show

Guest
Talk
2022

Hell of a Week with Charlamagne Tha GodStream

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2022

Rap Sh!tStream

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2022
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Rap Sh!tStream

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2022
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Rap Sh!tStream

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RoarStream

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Wanda
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2022
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VengeanceStream

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Eloise
Movie
2022
81%

Insecure: The End

Executive Producer
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2021

Insecure: The End

Self
Show
2021

ET Canada Weekend

Guest
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2021

CBS Mornings

Guest
News
2021

Sweet Life: Los AngelesStream

Executive Producer
Reality
2021

Sweet Life: Los AngelesStream

Guest
Reality
2021

Coastal ElitesStream

Actor
Callie Josephson
Series
2020

GMA3: What You Need to Know

Guest
Show
2020

The Photograph

Actor
Mae
Movie
2020

The Photograph

Executive Producer
Movie
2020

The LovebirdsStream

Actor
Leilani
Movie
2020
66%

The LovebirdsStream

Executive Producer
Movie
2020
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Dark City Beneath the Beat

Producer
Movie
2020

The Read With Kid Fury and Crissle

Guest
Show
2019

The Kelly Clarkson ShowStream

Guest
Talk
2019

Tamron HallStream

Guest
Talk
2019

GMA3: Strahan, Sara & Keke

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2019

A Black Lady Sketch ShowStream

Executive Producer
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2019
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Today With Hoda & Jenna

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2019

Desus & Mero

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Show
2019

Little

Actor
April Williams
Movie
2019

Hair Love

Voice
Mom
Movie
2019

Today 3rd Hour

Guest
Show
2018

American Woman With Brooke Baldwin

Guest
Show
2018

The Hate U GiveStream

Actor
April Ofrah
Movie
2018
97%

Access

Guest
Show
2017

Sister Circle

Guest
Talk
2017

Black Girls Rock!

Actor
Show
2017

Live with Kelly and Ryan

Guest
Talk
2017

The Fusion Feed

Guest
Show
2017

Excellence in Black Hollywood: A News One Now Primetime Special

Guest Star
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2017

Desus & MeroStream

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Talk
2016

InsecureStream

Actor
Issa
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2016
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InsecureStream

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2016
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InsecureStream

Executive Producer
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2016
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InsecureStream

Writer
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2016
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Insecure: Extras

Actor
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2016

The Daily Show with Trevor NoahStream

Guest
Talk
2015

The Late Show With Stephen ColbertStream

Guest
Talk
2015

Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter

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Show
2015

The Breakfast Club

Actor
Show
2015

Hot OnesStream

Guest
Reality
2015

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors

Guest
Show
2014

q

Guest
Show
2014

The Breakfast Club Power Hour

Guest
Show
2014

Late Night With Seth MeyersStream

Guest
Talk
2014

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonStream

Guest
Talk
2014

Take Part Live

Guest
Show
2013

The Real

Guest
Talk
2013

Exhale

Host
Show
2013

The Root 100

Guest
Show
2012

Katie

Guest
Talk
2012

Finding Your RootsStream

Guest
Reality
2012

CBS This Morning

Guest
Show
2012

Dish Nation

Guest
Talk
2011

On Story

Guest
Show
2011

ConanStream

Guest
Talk
2010

The Talk

Guest
Talk
2010

Talk Stoop

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Show
2010

The Project

Guest
Show
2009

Watch What Happens Live With Andy CohenStream

Guest
Talk
2009

etalk

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Show
2006

Entertainment Tonight Canada

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Show
2005

ET Canada

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Show
2005

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Guest
Talk
2003

Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

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Talk
2003

The View

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Talk
1997

Access Hollywood

Guest
News
1996

Extra

Guest
News
1994

Charlie RoseStream

Guest
Talk
1991

Entertainment Tonight

Guest
News
1981

CBS News Sunday Morning

Guest
News
1979

Good Morning America

Guest
News
1975

Saturday Night LiveStream

Host
Series
1975

Sesame StreetStream

Guest Star
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1969

Today

Guest
News
1952

News aboutIssa Rae

SAG Awards

2024 Screen Actors Guild Awards: How to Watch, Presenters, Nominees & More

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14 Best TV Shows From Black Directors to Watch Right Now

Behind the Scenes at the 2024 Golden Globes

27 Best Behind-the-Scenes Moments From 2024 Golden Globes

Insecure - Issa Rae - HBO

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Rap Sh!t
Premiere

Issa Rae & the ‘Rap Sh!t’ Cast on What Makes the Show Different From ‘Insecure’ (VIDEO)

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‘Rap Sh!t’ Trailer: Aida Osman & KaMillion Star in Issa Rae’s HBO Max Series (VIDEO)

Roar - Nicole Kidman - Apple TV+

‘Roar’: Apple TV+ Releases First Looks at Nicole Kidman, Cynthia Erivo & More (PHOTOS)

'Insecure,' HBO, Natasha Rothwell, Amanda Seales, AKA Usage Criticism

Issa Rae, Amanda Seales & More Respond to ‘Insecure’s Alpha Kappa Alpha Backlash

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Preview

‘Insecure’ Season 5: What’s Next for Issa’s Relationships With Lawrence & Molly?

Top Chef, Die Hart, Archer

10 Reasons to Tune Into the 73rd Primetime Creative Arts Emmys

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‘Insecure’ Sets Final Season Premiere Date as HBO Unveils Trailer (VIDEO)

HBO Max,

HBO Max Announces ‘Summer of Unscripted’ Lineup With 3 New Reality Shows (VIDEO)

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Issa Rae Gets HBO Max 8 Episode Order for ‘Rap Sh*t’

Issa Rae in Insecure - Season 4

Issa Rae’s ‘Insecure’ Comes to an End: Season 5 to Be Its Last

Sarah Paulson in Coastal Elites on HBO
Review

Roush Review: Seriocomic Confessions From 5 ‘Coastal Elites’

BFFs Issa Molly Insecure Season 4 Feud

Issa vs. Molly: Who Was Right in the ‘Insecure’ Season 4 Feud?

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Spoiler Alert

‘Insecure’ Finale: How Will Issa Handle That Lawrence Bombshell? (RECAP)

The Lovebirds
Preview

Kumail Nanjiani Compares ‘The Lovebirds’ to the Mystery & Hijinks of ‘The Thin Man’

Weird Al Bojack Horseman

13 ‘BoJack Horseman’ Celebrity Cameos That Surprised Us (PHOTOS)

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Issa Levels Up in HBO’s New ‘Insecure’ Season 4 Teaser (VIDEO)

2020 Oscars Hosts

13 Celebrities We’d Love to See Host the 2020 Oscars (PHOTOS)

Issa Rae - Insecure - Season 3

7 Affirmations From Issa’s Mirror Moments on ‘Insecure’

Jay Ellis - Insecure

Where Is Lawrence on ‘Insecure’ Season 3? Details on Jay Ellis’ Absence

Insecure - Issa Rae

‘Insecure’ Season 3: Fictional Issa Reinvents Herself by Necessity

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Issa Rae & Constance Wu Phone It in to Young Creators in Samsung’s Oscar Ad (VIDEO)

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HBO Renews Issa Rae’s ‘Insecure’ for Third Season

Yvonne Orji and Issa Rae in Insecure

‘Insecure’: 4 Ways Issa Dee’s Dating Life Is Just Like Ours

Insecure - Yvonne Orji and Issa Rae

Issa Explores Her Rebound Days in Season 2 of ‘Insecure’

Insecure - Yvonne Orji and Issa Rae

‘Insecure’ Season 2 and ‘Ballers’ Season 3 to Premiere in July

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Sweepstakes

‘Insecure’ Sweepstakes: Enter to for a Chance to Win Season 1 on Blu-Ray

Connie Britton posts a selfie

International Women’s Day 2017: How TV’s Top Female Stars Celebrated

Yvonne Orji and Issa Rae in Insecure

‘Insecure’s Yvonne Orji on Playing Issa Rae’s Lovelorn Buddy

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‘Insecure’s Issa Rae Talks About Being a Regular Person

Divorce - Thomas Haden Church and Sarah Jessica Parker

Roush Review: On HBO, a Star Returns (in ‘Divorce’) and a New Star Is Born (in ‘Insecure’)