*Issa Rae is definitely a woman who knows how to create opportunities for herself.
It was not so long ago that she developed her now successful webseries, “The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl,” and now she is teaming up withLarry Wilmore, a correspondent on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” to co-write a comedy series project for HBO, in which she is set to star, reports Deadline.
You go girl!
Awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern day African-American woman will be the focus for the series. Themes that Rae is very comfortable with; seeing as they are tackled in her webseries. Wilmore will executive produce with 3 Arts, which manages both him and Rae, while Rae will co-executive produce.
Rae was recently named to Forbes’ “30 under 30” list. She is also writing a memoir, a collection of personal essays to be published by HarperCollins.
*A segment of MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry” show on Sunday featured “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kenya Moore among a panel of guests discussing the images of black women on reality television.
Also on the panel, broadcasting live from the Essence Festival experience at the New Orleans Morial Convention center, were theGrio’s managing editor Joy-Ann Reid, Issa Rae, the creator of the groundbreaking web series Awkward Black Girl, and Tonya Lewis Lee, author and wife of filmmaker Spike Lee.
After noting that her show is the number one show on Bravo, Moore added that it is popular among people of all walks of life for a reason.
Women watch the show, Moore said, because, “they identify with the women that they’re seeing.” Describing her co-stars as mothers, wives, and businesswomen, Moore gave a perspective on the show as one that depicts African-American women in a variety of roles that are far from stereotypical.
(L-R): Angela Burt-Murray, Erin Jackson, Malinda Williams, Issa Rae and Rene Syler of ASPiRE’s “exhale”
*ASPiRE announces the world premiere of its first original weekly talk series, “exhale,” with a small “e.”
Hosted by five African American women of note – journalist and media maven Angela Burt-Murray; actress and comedian Erin Jackson; director, writer and actress Issa Rae; blogger, author and TV anchor Rene Syler; and actress Malinda Williams – “exhale” is billed as bringing “honest, entertaining and candid discussion on a wide range of topics affecting African American women.”
The eight-episode series premieres Thursday (June 27) at 8 p.m. EDT to mark the one-year anniversary of the ASPiRE network’s launch. After the premiere week, new episodes will debut starting July 10 in its regularly scheduled time slot on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EDT each week for seven weeks.
*Issa Rae is walking on a tight rope, balancing her comedy and homage in her new series “The Michelle Obama Diaries,” which premiered last week.
It’s a comedic series that has some people warning that it could be teetering over the disrespectful side of things.
“Everybody loves Michelle. Michelle is like every person in the Black community’s dear aunt or mother figure, so you can’t really mess her up,” Issa told Sister 2 Sister in the Jan, 2013 edition.
The the first episode of show, she depicts Michelle reacting to the president’s first debate against Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
“He choked. I knew we shouldn’t have had anniversary sex on the plane,” said the Michelle portrayer, who also jokes about her high approval rating, “Scandal,” “Honey Boo Boo” and being raised in Chi-Town. “Don’t let this fabulous J. Crew ensemble fool you. I’m from the South Side of Chicago. Recognize,” she warns.
The brains behind “Awkward Black Girl” and “Roommie, Lover, Friend,” says it was a challenge morphing into the first lady without going overboard.
“I didn’t want to disrespect her because I love Michelle as well, but I kind of wanted to show her in a comedic light,” she said. “I wanted to show her in the best light possible, but still poke fun at the stress she might be going through in the White House.”
As successful as she has become, as the writer and creative force behind television megahits like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice” and “Scandal,” she and partner, Betsy Beers continue to look for and find original programming, from unknown creative people, to bring to the small screen. Kudos ladies!
Under her Shondaland production company, the pair teams up with Issa Rae, best known for her web series, “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” for a new half-hour TV series called, “I Hate LA Dudes.” The show follows the life of a single female journalist who is new to Los Angeles and exploring the dating scene.
Rae will write and co-executive produce on the new half-hour comedy. Rhimes also sold the John Hoffman dramedy,” The Mix,” to the network.