Why we’re saluting her:
Issae Rae is single-handedly responsible for making all of us awkward Black girls feel a lot less awkward. The producer/writer/director is the brains behind and the star of the award-winning web series, the “Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl (ABG),” and has become one of our favorite faces on the Internet.
While at Stanford, Rae produced and directed four theatrical productions, including two stage adaptations of Spike Lee films. After receiving her B.A. from the University, she went on to attend the New York Film Academy where she further developed her filmmaking skills and gave birth to ABG, which is actually her third web series.
Now, after being featured everywhere from BET, Essence, and Vibe to CNN, NBC, and The Huffington Post, Rae is gearing up to produce the upcoming sitcom, “Why I Hate LA Dudes,” working with another of our favorite black girls, Shonda Rhimes. After receiving offers from other networks who tried to convince Rae that America wouldn’t embrace a dark-skinned awkward character, she took her talent elsewhere and found a home on ABC. For her ability to broaden the spectrum of what a black girl is and keep us laughing all the while, we salute Issa Rae.