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Issa Rae Will Star In Her Own HBO Series, Co-written With Larry Wilmore

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 6, 2013 3:58 PM
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Issa Rae

Issa Rae is having the best year ever! Although, it's more like the best 2 years ever!

Larry Wilmore
She's already developing a series with the Queen of scripted TV currently, aka Shonda Rhimes; she's one of 5 hosts of ASPiRE TV's new talk show, Exhale; she'll be playing Nina Simone in a film on the life of Lorraine Hansberry, from long time collaborators Taye Hansberry (grand niece of Lorraine Hansberry), and Numa Perrier; she's producing a series for the newly-formed Alright TV - a faith/family-friendly YouTube channel created by Robert Johnson and Tracey E. Edmonds; she's got a thriving YouTube channel, producing web series for other content creators; she's penning a collection of personal essays to be published by HarperCollins; and there's probably more that I don't know about... yet.

Today brings news that Issa Rae will star in an HBO series created by she and funnyman Larry Wilmore, which will focus on "the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern day African-American woman," as Deadline describes it. 

It sounds like The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl for HBO.

Wilmore and Rae will executive produce the series with 3 Arts, the firm managing both Wilmore and Rae.

Wilmore most recently hosted a Showtime series titled Race, Religion & Sex, which aired in the fall of 2011, during election season.

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  • Masha Dowell | August 8, 2013 11:50 PMReply

    I am very happy for her!!!!!

  • Monique a Williams | August 7, 2013 7:59 PMReply

    So proud of Issa! She hasn't let her Blackness be an excuse or a hindrance. Many can learn from that. #inspiration

  • RB | August 6, 2013 11:38 PMReply

    Yeah! Keep it going! So proud of her. Cheers!

  • beemooree | August 6, 2013 11:34 PMReply

    What happen to her pilot at abc with shonda rhimes?

  • Solaam | August 6, 2013 10:58 PMReply

    Props. Get it.

  • jy | August 6, 2013 10:41 PMReply

    i want to be soooo into this...but issa, fine and smart and talented as she is, is not the best actress. i would far prefer her to recognize her limitations and stick to writing/directing and cast the many fine, trained actresses in the world to play issa by proxy

  • Orville | August 29, 2013 8:15 PM

    Your comment doesn't make sense, why would Issa Rae want SOMEONE ELSE, to be the star of her show? Issa might not be the best actress, but can you imagine what would happen if Hollywood allowed someone else to be lead? It probably would be some light skinned mixed race woman who could pass for white to be the star. No, let Issa Rae run her own show.

  • TS | August 7, 2013 3:57 PM

    Totally agree, JY ... and I'm on the fence on the writing as well.

  • Mark & Darla | August 6, 2013 10:05 PMReply

    Issa can you hear me clapping very loudly.

  • Cherish | August 6, 2013 9:01 PMReply

    Dear God, Please, please, pleassssseeee let Issa Rae get her show The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl on HBO! I will pray every night night until this dream comes true. Oh, and please end world hunger. Amen.

  • bashe | August 7, 2013 7:33 AM

    Hilarious! Couldn't agree more!

  • ALM | August 6, 2013 6:39 PMReply

    Good for her....I don't have HBO, but this may be my indication to raid the piggy bank and finally subscribe to HBO.

  • nun | August 6, 2013 4:27 PMReply

    Nice! There's also the Awkward movie. This should be a lesson to the rest of us - Hollywood is all about the bandwagon. Once the gates open you've got to get it while you can.

  • AJ Christian | August 6, 2013 4:17 PMReply

    From my reading it's not a done deal yet? Sounded from Deadline like it's a development deal, which we know from Spike Lee, Dee Rees and Viola Davis doesn't necessarily mean you'll get to series at HBO.

  • nadia | August 6, 2013 8:26 PM

    Thou dost protest too much. 8 out of 10 new projects announced, no matter whether they are "done deals" or not, never go beyond just words on a page. So technically she's right where anyone else would be. Just enjoy it.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | August 6, 2013 7:57 PM

    AJ's right. It's easier to get a deal with HBO than to actually end up on the channel with a full-fledged show. BUT... it's still an opportunity. And even if it doesn't pan out, she's still got an open ear at HBO for future ideas. As long as she's hot, that is (the beast is fickle).

  • Sterling Cooper | August 6, 2013 5:37 PM

    What are you, a realist? Let the people eat their cake.

  • @JayTeeDee | August 6, 2013 4:11 PMReply

    This is great news. Congratulations to Issa Rae on her success and finally HBO will have some more diversity in it's programming especially to counter the God awful 'Girls'

  • Troy | August 8, 2013 6:49 PM

    You basically consider black people, the mothers and fathers of civilization, to be the counter to normal existence.

  • donnadara | August 6, 2013 4:11 PMReply


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