Actor and creator Issa Rae took media by storm with her hit YouTube web series, The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl, sparking the attention of HBO and leading to her own show Insecure.
Rae, a Stanford graduate, is the first African American woman to create and star in her own sitcom on premium network cable. In her new series, Rae is the true definition of black girl magic.
Rae plays a 29-year-old women, also named Issa, living in L.A., working at a non profit while attempting to find what she really wants out of her life. Her best friend Molly is a young Black lawyer who is desperately searching for her soulmate. The sitcom follows these two best friends as the attempt to juggle their social lives, their romantic lives and what they want from their lives. What is most admirable about Rae’s character is that she plays an everyday black woman–with natural hair, a regular apartment, a regular life and regular boyfriend–which is not always commonly depicted in series shown today.
Through her simplicity, Rae redefines the imagery of Black women in the media.