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

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

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

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

I am very happy for her!!!!!

Monique a Williams

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


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


What happen to her pilot at abc with shonda rhimes?


Props. Get it.


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

Mark & Darla

Issa can you hear me clapping very loudly.


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.


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


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

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.


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'



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