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2013 The Root 100

Issa Rae

Has two major TV deals with ABC and HBO.
Job: Writer and owner of Issa Rae Productions
Sector: Entertainment/Media
Twitter: @IssaRae
Location: Los Angeles
Age: 28
Bio:
As the writer, creator, lead actress and chief fundraiser for the sly, gut-busting award-winning Web series The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl, Issa Rae also was able to write her own ticket. She made her bones by producing a show about a 20-something black woman who is socially awkward, universally relatable and hella funny. With more than 13 million viewers, the webisodes caught grass-roots fire, and ABG’s second season was entirely bankrolled by Pharrell Williams. This year, Rae signed on to co-write and star in a comedy series for HBO, and also inked a deal with Shonda Rhimes for a half-hour comedy on ABC. Just to keep it funky, the Senegalese-American maverick was named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” and plans to release a book of memoirs and essays. 
Visit her website and like her Facebook page.

2013 The Root 100

  • Issa Rae

  • Has two major TV deals with ABC and HBO.
  • Job: Writer and owner of Issa Rae Productions
  • Sector: Entertainment/Media
  • Twitter: @IssaRae
  • Location: Los Angeles
  • Age: 28
  • Bio:

    As the writer, creator, lead actress and chief fundraiser for the sly, gut-busting award-winning Web series The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl, Issa Rae also was able to write her own ticket. She made her bones by producing a show about a 20-something black woman who is socially awkward, universally relatable and hella funny. With more than 13 million viewers, the webisodes caught grass-roots fire, and ABG’s second season was entirely bankrolled by Pharrell Williams. This year, Rae signed on to co-write and star in a comedy series for HBO, and also inked a deal with Shonda Rhimes for a half-hour comedy on ABC. Just to keep it funky, the Senegalese-American maverick was named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” and plans to release a book of memoirs and essays. 

    Visit her website and like her Facebook page.

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