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American Black Film Festival Shifts Focus To Web As Distribution Options Expand

AP | LUQMAN ADENIYI | Posted 06.16.2015 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — As scrutiny continues over diversity in film and opportunities for African Americans in Hollywood, some black actors and producers a...

Issa Rae Lauds Hillary Clinton For 'Being Old As F**k' And Running Anyway

The HuffPost Show | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 05.28.2015 | HPSN

While some Hillary Clinton haters are already taking shots at her looks and age, the presidential hopeful still has Issa Rae in her corner. Rae, t...

Issa Rae Is 'Tired' Of Constantly Being Asked About The Black Experience

The HuffPost Show | Ryan Buxton | Posted 05.28.2015 | HPSN

Shonda Rhimes made news this week when she declared she was done discussing the idea of racial diversity on TV, and her fellow Essence magazine cover ...

The Awkward Black Girl Who Is Going To Change Television

The Huffington Post | Nico Pitney | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices

Issa Rae stands strong, arms akimbo, on the jacket of her new memoir, "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl." By most measures in entertainment,...

Essence Recognizes Five Trailblazers In One Badass Cover

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 04.14.2015 | Black Voices

Yes! Essence magazine is marking a big milestone in May -- and to honor the event, they’ve dedicated the cover of their upcoming issue to five we...

How #WeCan Get Police to 'Protect and Serve'

Jai Tiggett | Posted 05.06.2015 | Black Voices
Jai Tiggett

The sketch looks at what policing might be like in the not-too-distant future, and more importantly, what we want it to be. Police body cameras are an important part of that, but just as essential is the way that the footage is used and interpreted.

This YouTube Sensation Is Not Your Average Black Stereotype

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.18.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Issa Rae, the bright mind behind "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl," has been lauded by the likes of Pharrell Williams and Lena Dunham for her ...

'Awkward Black Girl' Creator Says TV's Racial Diversity Is 'Money Driven'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.17.2015 | Black Voices

Issa Rae, creator of the the hilariously uncomfortable YouTube series "The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl," admits racial diversity is on the ris...

14 Books To Read This Black History Month

NBC News | Andrea Collier | Posted 02.10.2015 | Black Voices

February is not only Black History Month, but it is also the month when many titles by Black authors are released. 2015 kicked off with a wide selecti...

WATCH: The Fight Continues For Diverse Images Of Black Women On TV

The Huffington Post | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 02.06.2014 | Black Voices

The conversation about the images of black women on television is one that is on-going. Not too long ago, Essence magazine released a study where resp...

5 Hilarious YouTube Sensations of Color to Follow in 2014

Kevin Beckford | Posted 03.02.2014 | Black Voices
Kevin Beckford

The following comedy acts are incredibly different in content and delivery, but all have one thing in common: they are hilarious. With watch counts in the 6-7 digit range, these acts have proven themselves to be among the funniest on YouTube.

Issa Rae: 'I Felt Like My Voice Was Missing'

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 02.28.2014 | Women

If you don't know Issa Rae's name yet, you should -- and you will. The 28-year-old actress and writer is best known for her web series,"The Misadv...

Issa Rae Gets Behind Exciting New Project

The Huffington Post | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 10.31.2013 | Black Voices

Our favorite 'Awkward Black Girl' Issa Rae is on a roll dishing out project after project. Not only is she working on an HBO series, and starring in a...

WATCH: This Is What Black Twitter Would Be Like In Real Life

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.03.2013 | Black Voices

If anyone could bring a version of Black Twitter to life in video form it would be Issa Rae, the wildly successful content creator behind "Awkward Bla...

Issa Rae Lands New HBO Series

Deadline | Posted 08.06.2013 | Black Voices

Larry Wilmore and Issa Rae have teamed to co-write a comedy series project for HBO, with Rae set to star. ...

WATCH: Is This The Lesbian Version Of 'Girls'?

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.03.2013 | Women

A woman sits on the toilet eating dessert, looking slightly disheveled. No, it's not Hannah Horvath in "Girls" -- it's the opening credits of "Little ...

Issa Rae To Portray Nina Simone In New Biopic

Posted 06.05.2013 | Black Voices

Up-and-coming filmmaker and actress, Issa Rae has been tapped to portray Nina Simone in the forthcoming "unconventional biopic" on "A Raisin in the Su...

ESSENCE Honors Oprah at Black Women in Hollywood Event

Chie Davis | Posted 04.24.2013 | Celebrity
Chie Davis

One of the undisputed most powerful women in recent history, Oprah Winfrey was given the Power Award. Closing out the red carpet, she glided gracefully, stopping to greet press and fans as she led a procession of South African girls from her Leadership Academy.

How One 'Awkward Black Girl' Found Success on YouTube

Shira Lazar | Posted 04.15.2013 | Technology
Shira Lazar

After launching "Awkward Black Girl" independently, she connected with Pharrell, who reached out to invite her to be a part of his "secret" YouTube channel, which is now widely known as I Am Other. "He has a lot of awkward in him," she jokes.

Funny Or Inappropriate? Issa Rae's Take On FLOTUS

Posted 10.23.2012 | Black Voices

YouTube comedy darling, Issa Rae, has had a whirlwind year. From a super successful round of fundraising to launch the second season of the uber-popu...

Middle of Nowhere and the Black Independent Film Movement

Roya Rastegar | Posted 12.11.2012 | Black Voices
Roya Rastegar

This weekend will be a critical marker for the burgeoning independent Black film movement. Opening in theaters in select cities this Friday, Middle of Nowhere is a compelling drama about a young newlywed who puts her happiness on hold as she eagerly awaits for her husband's early release from a five-year prison sentence.

Shonda Rhimes Partners With 'Awkward Black Girl' Creator

Posted 10.11.2012 | Black Voices

After landing success with her political drama series, Scandal, creator Shonda Rhimes is vying to keep the momentum going with two forthcoming project...

Politically Correct? What Comedians and Conservatives Have In Common

Kirsten West Savali | Posted 02.13.2012 | Black Voices
Kirsten West Savali

While I applaud Issa Rae's individuality and dedication to Awkward Black Girl, the phenomenon she fought so diligently to create, she may be slightly confused on what being "politically correct" means.

Awkward Black Republican

James Peterson | Posted 01.09.2012 | Black Voices
James Peterson

Herman Cain's awkward responses to his current situation got me to thinking about my own infatuation with Issa Rae's brilliant web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.

How To Write A Wildly Successful Web Series

Issa Rae | Posted 11.15.2011 | Entertainment
Issa Rae

I don't claim to be an expert by any means. But, through years of trial and error, and intensive Internet research, I've found that in order to write a successful web series, it helps to adhere to these five steps.