Issa Rae is the stage name of Jo-Issa Rae Diop, an American actor, novelist, director, producer, and writer who rose to prominence with the release of her web series “Awkward Black Girl” on YouTube. Diop is known professionally as Issa Rae.
She is most known for her roles as co-creator, writer, and star of the HBO series “Insecure,” which garnered her nominations for important accolades such as the Golden Globes and the Primetime Emmys. Her work has helped her attain greater exposure.
As of the year 2022, it is anticipated that Issa Rae, an American actor, writer, and producer, has a net worth of three million dollars. Rae originally came to people’s attention for her work on the online sitcom “Awkward Black Girl” that was hosted on YouTube.
“I never really had to put much thought into my race, and neither did anybody else. I knew I was black. I knew there was a history that accompanied my skin color, and my parents taught me to be proud of it. End of story.”
The well-known actress who appeared in the much-loved HBO series “Insecure” made a significant amount of money thanks to her efforts in the acting, directing, and producing fields. Issa began posting videos to her channel on YouTube in October of 2006 and gave it the moniker “Issa Rae Presents.”
She started submitting videos on a regular basis and eventually developed her own online series called “Awkward Black Girl,” which was important in her success. The web show chronicles the adventures of a made-up character and gained widespread attention almost instantly thanks to blog articles, social media, and word-of-mouth recommendations.
Due to the fact that YouTube was having financial difficulties, a fundraising on Kickstarted was established. In the end, she received about 2,000 gifts, which brought in a total of approximately $56,000, and the first season was finished.
“I think that just because the show is titled ‘Awkward Black Girl’ and it is a predominantly black cast doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be able to relate to these people. We’re all human beings. We all essentially go through the same things when it comes down to it, so I don’t think that should limit who watches it.”
How Did Issa Rae First Get Wealthy?
Rae eventually became partners with the musician and record producer Pharrell Williams for the second season of the show after gaining a significant amount of momentum. On his channel known as I am OTHER,” the second season of her online programme was just shown.
2013 saw the beginning of her collaboration with Larry Willmore on a comedy series that would later be acquired by HBO and given the name “Insecure.” The first episode of the show aired in October 2016, and it was an instant hit with the audience.
Issa Rae has, as of this moment, contributed to the conception of, co-written, and appeared in all 34 episodes and 4 seasons of the critically acclaimed programme. The actress was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and a lot of public exposure in addition to the estimated one million to two and a half million to two and a half million dollars she made from the programme.
“I would love ‘Awkward Black Girl’ to be on television, with the right team of people who understand and get it. If ‘Awkward Black Girl’ could make it to HBO starring a dark-skinned black girl, that would be revolutionary.”
How Did She Become So Well-known?
Issa Rae rose to prominence thanks to her YouTube channel, on which she shares various videos, including web series and short films, as well as content produced by people of colour. The 12th of January 1985 found her entering the world in Los Angeles, California.
She is the second youngest of Abdoulaye and Delyna Diop’s five children. Her Senegalese paternal grandfather was a physician who specialised in both neonatology and paediatrics, while her American mother from Louisiana was an educator.
Her parents were friends during a school trip to France, and they kept in touch with one another throughout the 1950s. After a while, they were married and started a new life in California.
“As a teenager, my blackness was also questioned by some of the life choices I made that weren’t considered to be ‘black’ choices. For example, joining the swim team when it is a known fact that ‘black folk don’t swim’; or choosing to become a vegetarian when blacks clearly love chicken.”
Before moving to the United States, her family had been residing in Dakar, which is located in the country of Senegal. She spent her childhood in Potomac, Maryland, where she later graduated from the high schools in the area.
Issa is able to communicate well in French, and her family made the move to the View Park-Windsor Hills district of Los Angeles while she was in the sixth grade. There, she went to a middle school for black students. She began her acting career when she was still a student at King Drew’s Magnet High School of Science and Medicine in Los Angeles. When she was a senior in high school, her parents got a divorce.
Issa received her Bachelor of Arts degree in African-American and African Studies from Stanford University, which she attended in the middle to late 2000s. Her major was African-American and African Studies. She started composing music and writing plays while she was a student at the university.
“I personally don’t feel any pressure to make jokes about multiple baby-fathers and stereotypical black jokes, because one, that’s just not my life, and two, I wouldn’t even sound right talking about those things. I stick to finding the funny in the ordinary because my life is pretty ordinary and so are the lives of my friends – and my friends are hilarious.”
What Is the Secret to Her Success?
Issa’s incredible level of success may be attributed to the fact that she is able to produce her own productions while also appearing in movies, television series, and documentaries at the same time. Issa Rae has participated in a wide variety of projects, including but not limited to making videos for YouTube and starring in movies and shows for both cinema and television.
The first book she ever wrote was titled “The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl,” and it was about her experiences growing up black in America. When the memoir was finally published in February of 2015, it was an instant hit and quickly climbed to the top of the New York Times best-seller list.
In the latter half of 2019, she entered into an agreement with Google to become an extra voice for their product, Google Assistant. In addition to that, she established her own own record label known as “Raedio” in collaboration with Atlantic Records.