Both of my grandparents are EXTREMELY supportive. My grandmother is very tech-savvy, and in the 6th grade, when I told her I wanted to write a script for the new Cosby show on CBS, she set me up on her Mac desktop and helped me every step of the way, from proofreading, to copyrighting it, to writing a letter to the CEO, to tracking down the address to send it to CBS.
She was also featured on the cover of LIFE Magazine, when they featured a picture of a play she starred in, mid-scene. She’s the dopest.
And my grandfather always encourages my brothers and sisters to collaborate with one another. Whenever he hears about a new show I’m doing, he asks, “Is your brother helping? Is your sister in it?” and he’s always remarkably pleased when I answer, yes.
Growing up and watching and learning from their love and partnership my entire life has been an inspiration. They look out for each other all day every day. They were both born on the same day, a year apart, and they’ve been through so much together.
Their dedication to one another amazes me.
Issa Rae is an American actress and writer. She is the creator of the YouTube workplace-comedy series Awkward Black Girl as well as Ratchet Piece Theater, The “F” Word, and The Choir. Ever since the premiere of Awkward Black Girl in 2011, Rae’s shows have garnered over 20 million views and close to 150,000 subscribers on YouTube. In 2012, Rae made it to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Entertainment list, and Awkward Black Girl won the Shorty Award for Best Web Show. In 2013, she began working on a pilot for the show I Hate LA Dudes. She has also teamed up with Larry Wilmore to co-write Non-Prophet, an HBO comedy series about the awkward experiences of a contemporary African-American woman, in which she will be starring.