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Issa Rae

Jo-Issa Rae Diop (born January 12, 1985), known as Issa Rae, is an American actress, writer, and producer. She first garnered attention for her work on the YouTube web series Awkward Black Girl. Since 2011, Rae has continued to develop her YouTube channel, which features various short films, web series, and other content created by people of color. She subsequently gained further recognition for creating, co-writing, and starring in the HBO television series Insecure. For her acting work on Insecure, she has received two Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Rae has released one memoir, titled The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. Rae co-starred in the comedy Little and the drama The Hate U Give and has starred in two 2020 movies, the drama The Photograph and the romantic comedy The Lovebirds.

Jo-Issa Rae Diop was born in Los Angeles, California. Her father, Dr. Abdoulaye Diop, is a pediatrician and neonatologist from Senegal, and her mother, Delyna Diop (née Hayward), is a teacher from Louisiana. Her parents met in France when they were both in school. She has four siblings. Her father has a medical practice in Inglewood, California.

Known For

Credits

Cast Credits

#blackAF (2020)
Guest starring as Issa Rae
Insecure (2016)
Starring as Issa Dee (34 episodes)
Creative Arts Emmy Awards (2016)
Guest starring as Issa Rae (2 episodes)
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (2015)
Guest starring as Issa Rae
  • Episode 2017-07-20: Issa Rae (Jul 20, 2017)
Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter (2015)
Guest starring as Issa Rae
Hot Ones (2015)
Guest starring as Issa Rae
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore (2015)
Guest starring as Issa Rae
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)
Guest starring as Issa Rae (2 episodes)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)
Guest starring as Issa Rae (2 episodes)
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell (2012)
Guest starring as Issa Rae
The Talk (2011)
Guest starring as Issa Rae
Conan (2010)
Guest starring as Issa Rae (2 episodes)
Watch What Happens Live (2009)
Guest starring as Issa Rae
etalk (2002)
Guest starring as Issa Rae
  • Episode 18x187: 19/05/20 (May 19, 2020)
Last Call with Carson Daly (2002)
Guest starring as Awkward Black Girl
The View (1997)
Guest starring as Issa Rae
Independent Spirit Awards (1986)
Guest starring as Issa Rae
Saturday Night Live (1975)
Guest starring as Issa Rae
The Emmy Awards (1949)
Guest starring as Issa Rae

Crew Credits

Giants (2017)
Show crew as Executive Producer
Insecure (2016)
Show crew as Creator
Show crew as Executive Producer
Episode crew as Writer (8 episodes)
Seen & Heard ()
Show crew as Executive Producer
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