Issa Rae

  • Birth Name: Jo-Issa Rae Diop
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Writer, Director

Fast Facts

  • Lived in Senegal, her father's native country, as a child before returning to live in the U.S.
  • Created, wrote, directed, produced and starred in a web series titled The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, which won the 2012 Shorty Award for Best Web Show.
  • Named in Forbes' list of 30 Under 30 in both 2012 and 2014.
  • Launched a digital platform called Color Creative that supports the work of women and minority writers.
  • Published her New York Times bestselling memoir The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl in 2015.
  • Featured on the cover of Essence magazine's 2015 Game Changers issue alongside Ava DuVernay, Shonda Rhimes, Debbie Allen and Mara Brock Akil.

Awards

  • 2018, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2018, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2020, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: Nominee
  • 2020, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Comedic Movie Actor: Nominee
  • 2017, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2020, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2020, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Comedy TV Star: Nominee
  • 2020, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Movie Actress: Nominee
  • 2020, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2020, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor: Nominee

Relationships

  • Abdoulaye Diop — Father
  • Delyna Diop — Mother
  • Delina Hayward — Mother

College

  • Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States (BA in African and African American Studies, 2007)
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