Issa Rae

TV Actress

Issa Rae was born in Los Angeles, California, United States on January 12th, 1985 and is the TV Actress. At the age of 39, Issa Rae biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, movies, TV shows, and networth are available.

Other Names / Nick Names
Jo-Issa Rae Diop, Joissa
Date of Birth
January 12, 1985
United States
Place of Birth
Los Angeles, California, United States
39 years old
Zodiac Sign
$4 Million
Actor, Screenwriter, Youtuber
Social Media
Issa Rae Height, Weight, Eye Color and Hair Color

At 39 years old, Issa Rae has this physical status:

Hair Color
Dark Brown
Eye Color
Dark Brown
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Issa Rae Religion, Education, and Hobbies
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King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science, Standford University, The Public Theater, New York Film Academy
Issa Rae Spouse(s), Children, Affair, Parents, and Family
Louis Diame
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Dating / Affair
Louis Diame (2019-Present)
Abdoulaye Diop, Delyna Hayward
She has 4 siblings.
Other Family
Ralph Hayward (Maternal Grandfather), Joyce Hayward (Maternal Grandmother), Isseu (Paternal Grandmother), Rae Louise Hayward (Aunt) (Artist)
Issa Rae Life

Jo-Issa Rae Diop (born January 12, 1985), also known as Issa Rae, is an American actor, writer, producer, and web series creator.

She first gained a following for her appearance on YouTube's Awkward Black Girl.

She gained more recognition for her contributions to writing, co-writing, and appearing in the HBO television series Insecure.

She has received two Golden Globe Award nominations for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series as a result of her appearance on Insecure, as well as a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Rae has continued to grow her YouTube channel, which includes short films, web series, and other content created by people of color. On October 11, 2019, Google announced that Rae would be an additional voice to the Google Assistant.

Early life

Jo-Issa Rae Diop was born in Los Angeles, California. Abdoulaye Diop, her father, a pediatrician and neonatologist from Senegal, and her mother, Delyna Marie Diop (née Hayward), is a Louisiana educator. When she were both in school, her parents met in France. She has four siblings. Inglewood, California, her father has a medical office.

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During her youth, the family lived in Dakar, Senegal, for a short time. She was raised in Potomac, Maryland, where she grew up with "things that aren't black," like the swim team and street hockey and Passover dinners with Jewish best friends. When Diop was in sixth grade, her family moved to Los Angeles' prestigious View Park-Windsor Hills neighborhood, where she attended a predominantly black middle school. Diop graduated from King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science, where she began acting. When she was in high school, her parents divorced. Diop is a fluent French speaker.

In 2007, Diop graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in African and African-American Studies. She made music videos, scripted and directed plays, and created a parody on tape for amusement as a college student. Tracy Oliver, who produced Awkward Black Girl and appeared on the program as Nina, met Diop at Stanford.

Diop received a theater fellowship at The Public Theater in New York City after college. At the New York Film Academy, Oliver and Diop began attending classes together. At one time, Diop worked odd jobs and was struggling to decide between business school and law school, but Awkward Black Girl took off in 2011.

Personal life

Jo-Issa, Rae's birth name, comes from a blend of her grandmothers' names: Joyce and Isseu. Rae is the nickname of her aunt, who was an artist.

In July 2021, Rae married Louis Diame, a Senegalese businessman, in a private ceremony in France. Rae first wore her engagement ring on the front cover of Essence magazine's April 2019 issue.

Rae has used her platform to draw attention to police brutality and brutality against African-Americans. Following the police shooting of Alton Sterling in 2016, she raised $700,000 for the Sterling Family Trust to help the children pay for college.

Rae is a campaigner for civil rights and women's rights campaigns. Her books explore issues of gender and social justice. She works closely with ACLU, BLD PWR, and Black Lives Matter.

Insecure's show Insecure has changed the public image of the South Los Angeles neighborhood by emphasizing Black businesses.


Issa Rae Career


In 2011, Rae's web series Awkward Black Girl premiered on YouTube. J (played by Rae) is portrayed in the series as she communicates with coworkers and love interests who place her in difficult situations. J usually reveals how she feels about her circumstances through a voice-over or dream sequence, and the tale is told through a first-person narrative.

The series's success soared in mainstream media coverage and admiration thanks to word of mouth, blog posts, and social media. Rae and producer Tracy Oliver decided to raise funds for the series through Kickstarter in an attempt to support the remainder of the first season. On August 11, 2011, they were awarded $56,269 from 1,960 donations and the remainder of season one was announced on Rae's YouTube channel.

Rae later joined Pharrell and premiered season two of the series on his YouTube channel, iamOTHER. Rae also began releasing other material on her original channel, which was mainly made by and starring people of color.

Awkward Black Girl received the Shorty Award for Best Web Show in 2013. Rae created Awkward Black Girl because she felt that African-American women were limiting and she was unable to relate to them:

Rae's work was able to have autonomy from her YouTube platform because she writes, films, produces, and edits the majority of her articles. Among other things, Rae's other shows include Rendezvous Piece Theatre, The "F" Word, Roomieloverfriends, and The Choir, among others. African-American experiences are often not represented in mainstream media.

Rae started working on a comedy series pilot with Larry Wilmore in which she would appear. Insecure, a film about a young African-American woman's awkward encounters, was eventually titled Insecure. In early 2015, HBO picked up the pilot, but it was later approved. Since its debut in 2016, the series has received critical acclaim; NPR's Eric Deggans wrote, "Rae has produced a film that seems revolutionary only for ridicule of an ordinary, twenty-something black woman."

In 2017, the American Film Institute selected Insecure as one of the Top ten Television Programs of the Year. Rae has been nominated for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy in 2017, and two for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2018.

In 2018, Insecure was recognized for "creating a collection that accurately captures the lives of everyday young, black people in modern society."

HBO announced the show for a second season on November 14, 2016. On July 23, 2017, the second season of the show The second season premiered on July 23, 2017. The show was announced on August 8, 2017 that it had been renewed for a third season, which premiered on August 12, 2018. Season five premiered on October 24, 2021. Insecure's last episode aired on December 26, 2021.

The Photograph, which will be released in 2020, follows Issa's life, Mae Morton, and Lakeith Stanfield's character Michael Block, as the two look for Mae's mother's backstory. The New York Times described this film as "an unashamedly old-school love tale." "The Photograph is an African-American romance that, for the most part, feels relatable and true," the Empire said.

In 2020, The Lovebirds directed by Michael Showalter, Rae played Leilani. Kumail Nanjiani, who played Jibran, Leilani's boyfriend, appeared in the film. The couple struggles to maintain their marriage throughout the film, and they face an uninhibitable death in the aftermath.

In 2015, Rae's first book, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, was published in a memoir and became a New York Times best-seller. She chronicles her life in the book through a series of amusing anecdotes and opens up about her personal struggle with not fitting in and not being recognized as "black enough" at times.

Rae will be the new voice to Google Assistant on October 11, 2019. "Ok Google, talk like Issa" could be a user's voice in Rae's voice. Issa's Voice was available until October 1, 2021, on Friday.

Rae also in 2019, through her recently launched record label "Raedio," collaborated with Atlantic Records to produce "Kinda Love" by singer-rapper TeaMarrr.

Hoorae, Rae's production house, has agreed to a five-year film and television contract with WarnerMedia in March 2021. As part of the above program, Sweet Life: Los Angeles, Rae's reality television series, was produced in 2021.


SZA and Keke Palmer are set to star in a buddy comedy from producer Issa Rae, April 26, 2024
Keke Palmer and SZA will star in an untitled buddy comedy produced by Issa Rae for TriStar Pictures. The pair appeared on SNL together in December 2022, with the former serving as host and the latter as musical guest. The film will be directed by Lawrence Lamont and the script will be written by Syreeta Singleton. The former served as the director and the latter as showrunner of the Rae-produced and created Rap Sh!t. Singleton will also serve as a producer of the film. The plot details for the film are unknown, but Rae and Sara Diya Rastogi will produce it through Hoorae, an independent production company founded by the American Fiction star in 2020.

Amanda Seales says she's done 'protecting' Insecure costar Issa Rae and denies being a 'mean girl' on set while reflecting on their alleged feud, April 26, 2024
Insecure actress Amanda Seales is finally ready to delve into her long-rumored feud with the show's lead - and the series' creator - Issa Rae. During an appearance on Tuesday's episode of Shannon Sharpe's podcast Club Shay Shay, the 42-year-old actress and comedian declared that she was done 'protecting' Rae, 39. Seales claimed that the Barbie actress refused to intervene when Rae's publicist Vanessa Anderson allegedly kicked her out of an Emmy Awards afterparty for Black artists, despite presumably employing the woman in question and allowing Anderson to speak for her to the press.

Oscars 2024: Ariana Grande channels her Wicked character Glinda in a billowing pink gown - as she walks first red carpet in FOUR years, March 11, 2024
On Sunday, Ariana Grande portrayed her Wicked character, Glinda, in a stunning pink gown as she attended the 96th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood. The Side To Side hitmaker, 30, who recently revealed that she'cried herself to sleep' after ex Dalton Gomez's departure, joined other celebrities on the Dolby Theatre's red carpet, including Billie Eilish and Issa Rae. The actor arrived late to the star-studded parade due to traffic, but anti-Israel demonstrators also blocked the route to the venue.
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