Issa Rae is an American actress, director, writer, and producer. She is also known as web series creator. Her YouTube series called Awkward Black Girl is one of her very popular work. Currently, she stars on the HBO series titled 'Insecure'. Other than that she is also New York Times bestselling author of her memoir 'The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl'.




  • American
  • 5'7"
  • 12th january 1985
  • Actress
  • Back American

Personal Life

Issa Rae is the native of Los Angeles, California, United States. She was born on 12 January 1985. Although she is known by the name Issa Rae, her full name is Jo-Issa Rae Diop. Her parents are Dr. Abdoulaye Diop and Delyna Diop. Father Dr. Abdoulaye is a pediatric doctor who is currently practicing medicine in Inglewood, California.

Before Issa and her family relocated to the States they lived in Dakar, Senegal. Her other family members also include her four siblings. She spent most of her childhood in Potomac, Maryland and later moved to View Park-Windsor Hills when she was six.

She attended King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science and also initiated acting. Issa then in 2007 majored in African and African-American Studies from the Stanford University. She was already involved in making videos, play and also created Dorm Diaries.

Passionate about her dreams she got a theater fellowship in New York City at 'The Public Theater'. Her friend Tracy Oliver, who assisted her in the making of 'Awkward Black Girl' and got her on the show as Nina, joined New York Film Academy.

When it comes to her love relationship, there can be found less information regarding her dating or boyfriend. She is probably single we even cannot find any evidence whom she first dated.


Professional Life

Issa Rae started her 'Awkward Black Girl' first on YouTube in 2011. As an interesting story around the life of J, it became viral in almost social media which led Issa to media attention. Issa and producer Tracy Oliver from their first series made the decision to raise fund through Kickstarter.

After certain time Issa became the partner with Pharrell and made the second season of the series on iamOTHER. The 'Awkward Black Girl' in 2013 won the Shorty Award for the Best Web Show. With her work as the creator of 'Awkward Black Girl' she later got the opportunity to get a star in HBO 'Insecure'.

Issa Rae is equally into writing, film making, producing and other works. Some of the other shows of Issa are The 'F' Word, The Choir, Ratchet Piece Theater, and Roomieloverfriends. Her 'The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl' became the New York Times bestselling memoir.

This amazing talent was listed on the '30 Under 30' by Forbes in the year 2012. At present, she is signed by 3 Arts Entertainment and United Talent Agency. She was also seen on the cover page of the Essence magazine in May 2015 with Ava DuVernay, Debbie Allen, Shonda Rhimes, and Mara Brock Akil.


Social Media

Issa Rae is very much active on social media. She can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. She also has her own official site where she has shared many of her videos, book, and shows. We can also get the 'Awkward Black' t-shirts and caps visiting the Awkward Black store.

Talking about her followers there are 994 thousand on her Instagram account, 487 thousand on Twitter, and 50 thousand on Facebook




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