She Did That! Issa Rae Brings Awkward Black Girl To HBO

August 6, 2013 ‐ By

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It’s been a while since Issa Rae has been talking about bringing the insanely popular webseries “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” to television. And after meeting with several networks who didn’t understand her vision, it seems that Issa Rae has finally found a home at HBO.

Several outlets, including Awkward Black Girl’s own Instagram page are confirming that Issa Rae will be teaming up with writer, actor and television producer Larry Wilmore. You may recognize Wilmore from his regular appearances on the Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” as the “Senior Black Correspondent” and the “Senior Executive Commander-in-Chief Who Happens To Be Black Correspondent” after the election of President Obama. But before all of this he wrote and produced for hit shows like “In Living Color,” “Sister Sister,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “The Jaimie Foxx Show” and “The Bernie Mac Show” among others.

So, if Wilmore’s track record is any comfort, this should work out quite nicely. Plus Issa is going to stay on to co-write and star in the series.

We’re excited!

This is the second show Issa’s been able to bring to television seeing that she partnered with Shonda Rhimes to bring “I Hate L.A. Dudes” to ABC.

She’s making crazy moves right now and we couldn’t be happier for her!

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  • Hannibal Alexander

    Awesome News!! So happy for her.
    now we just have to make sure to SUPPORT the show so the media will realize we don’t want to see white folks ALL THE TIME on TV and elsewhere.

  • hoosierrr

    YESSSSSSSSSS I’m soooo excited and happy for her!!! I missed this show!

  • Tamika Tsp

    This is awesome awesome!! I’m soo happy for her!!!

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  • Sandra

    Just found out about this show two days ago and got to watch all the episodes, it is LOL funny and hilarious i cannot wait for the show to air.Any dates for when it will air!

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  • NaijaMusings

    Now, just waiting for the awkward black guy spin off…


    Congrats! I can’t wait!

  • Negrakitty

    MI cyn’t wait to see these shows – well done Issa paving a way for others – so good to see a beautiful, talented sista get ahead on talent not twerkin/acting racthet!

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  • Crystal

    That’s what I’m talking about! I’ll subscribe to HBO just to watch her show! Cant wait!!!! Glad she went the cable network route!

  • Crystal

    That’s what I’m talking about! I’ll subscribe to HBO just to watch her show! Cant wait!!!! Glad she went the cable network route!

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  • Muse

    You are a phenomenal inspiration, Issa! Keep doing your thing.

  • chanela

    yassss!!! i just hope HBO doesn’t make her have unnecessary sex scenes like the rest of the shows

    • NaijaMusings

      There’s nothing unnecessary about sex. Its life. And her show is about life.

  • WeekzTC

    The power of youtube man….the power of youtube.

  • DaisyDuke

    YES!!! HBO is a FANTASTIC outlet for her! I can’t wait to see the final product. LOVE Issa Raw and I’m so happy for her!

    • NSimonefan

      I agree. Cable is the best outlet for a show like this because they will leave the producers and creators alone and let them have the freedom to create. On the other hand, network TV would just butcher it and cancel the show before the season ended.

  • WORD

    I spoke of this from the first episode I saw…I actually wrote..”why isn’t this on HBO?”. I smell an Oprah on own hands!!! Extremely proud of Miss Rae, EXTREMELY!

  • Just saying!’

    About time!! Don’t let Hollywood change the show please!

    • Momma Dee Tha Q.U.E.E.N

      I don’t think she will let that happen… If it took her THIS long I believe everyone else was trying to change it.

  • Momma Dee Tha Q.U.E.E.N

    YAY! Im SO happy for her!!!! Next alll the other Young Black & s3xy shows!!! Mainly RoomieLoverFriends (with the original cast) of which i cant wait to return for the 2nd half of its season.

    • Tee Elyse

      I LOVE RoomieLoverFriends!! And Hello Cupid was another good one too!

      • Momma Dee Tha Q.U.E.E.N

        I plan to watch the other series til it comes back to see how they all tie into one another.

  • Estella

    YASSSS!!! Go ahead on, Issa! Finally seeing more diversity, especially women, @ the helm of a show had been a long time coming & HBO is a good fit because they allow anyhing. Love that we are making strides!

    • Momma Dee Tha Q.U.E.E.N

      Great day for Black women world wide!!!

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