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Issa Rae’s Insecure premiered yesterday on HBO (though it was made available to stream on HBO GO in advance). If you missed out on the opportunity to check the show out, you need to get on it. Seriously, it’s a gem that has great potential to develop into something really amazing over the next seven episodes. From the music to the way it’s shot and the dialogue, Insecure is an unabashed look into an underrepresented demographic on television — Black women living life in their 20s.

I was going to give you an entire slideshow detailing all of the behind-the-scenes information for the making of the new HBO series, but I thought it would be more fun to give you the deets on the genius behind it. Check out 10 things you probably didn’t know about our shero, Issa Rae.

Issa Rae Big Moves in Hollywood

Image Source: AP Images

About “Issa”

Such a unique name right? Issa is actually short for Jo-Issa, and it’s a combination of the names of Rae’s grandmothers: Joyce and Isseu. The name Rae actually is her aunt’s name, so Issa is representing for the women in her family big time.

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