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Issa Rae
Issa Rae is a producer/director/writer striving to make her mark on the entertainment industry. She received her B.A. from Stanford University, where she produced and directed four theatrical productions, including two stage adaptations of Spike Lee films. Because film was her true passion, she took time off from Stanford to attend the New York Film Academy where she honed her filmmaking skills. Upon graduating, Issa Rae has worked on various music videos and shorts. "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl," often referred to as ABG, is Issa Rae's third web series. It has been featured on several sites and publications, including Vibe, Clutch magazine, CNN, The Root, Shadow & Act, AOL, and an upcoming issue of Essence magazine. Rae recently signed with UTA and 3 Arts Entertainment with plans to turn ABG from a web series into a cable half-hour comedy. In addition, she has two other web series, which include, "Dorm Diaries" and her award-winning series, "FLY GUYS present the F Word."

Blog Entries by Issa Rae

How To Write A Wildly Successful Web Series

Posted September 15, 2011 | 18:12:30 (EST)


In the last four years, I've written and produced three web series. My most popular and successful show, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, currently averages 150,000 views per episode, with almost 20,000 fans on Facebook and nearly 8,000 Twitter followers since its...

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How Awkward Black Girl Raised Over $44,000 Through Kickstarter

Posted August 10, 2011 | 13:52:15 (EST)

Over a month ago, Tracy Oliver (producer/writer) and I sat down at her kitchen table, mapping out a bare bones budget to continue our web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. We were both jobless and neither of us could afford to continue to fund the series...

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Black Folk Don't Like To Be Told They're Not Black

Posted August 4, 2011 | 10:00:00 (EST)

Growing up as a young black girl in Potomac, Maryland was easy. I had a Rainbow Coalition of friends of all ethnicities and we would carelessly skip around our elementary school like the powerless version of Captain Planet's Planeteers. I never really had to put much thought into my race...

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