Finally, Issa Rae Is Getting an HBO Pilot

Issa Rae's awkward-black-girl comedy Insecure has landed a pilot order at HBO. The project has been sitting with the network since 2013, when I first got my Champagne glass ready. » 2/05/15 1:40pm 2/05/15 1:40pm

Baratunde Thurston interviewed Issa Rae for his AOL web series Funded to figure out how she got so damn famous. If you're familiar with Rae's story, none of it is brand new information, but if you're not, it's a good overview. As Thurston explains, "From YouTube to HBO: that's a good story." » 11/04/13 4:15pm 11/04/13 4:15pm

Check Out the Forthcoming Web Series Black Actress

Fans of Degrassi: The Next Generation might recognize Andrea Lewis from her time on the show playing Hazel. (I never got into Degrassi, but I'm told by my coworker Madeleine that Hazel was lucky enough to have dated our good friend Drake but their relationship didn't work out because she "didn't support his art… » 10/23/13 4:10pm 10/23/13 4:10pm

Praise the Lord: Here's the First Episode of Issa Rae's The Choir

Issa Rae's certainly been busy! Not only is she developing a show for HBO with Larry Wilmore and creating Kanye/Living Single mashups, but she also just premiered her new show The Choir on YouTube. » 8/30/13 12:05pm 8/30/13 12:05pm

Up-and-Comer Lena Waithe Is More Than Just the 'Black Lena Dunham'

There's one particular scene from the pilot presentation for Twenties, a show centered on a twenty-something black woman named Hattie, that's not like anything you've seen on television. A few black women are sitting around at a birthday party, and one, Marie, mentions she needs a pad. Their white friend, Lauren,… » 8/29/13 6:30pm 8/29/13 6:30pm

Uncomfortable-Funny New Webseries Is a Lesbian Version of Girls

Backed by the illustrious Issa Rae of Awkward Black Girl fame, new web series, Little Horribles, provides a realistic, uncomfortable, and NSFW-ish look at love and sex between the ladies. » 6/03/13 9:30am 6/03/13 9:30am

Magic Johnson's TV Network Develops View-Like Show With Black Women

Talkshow fans, prepare yourselves for the latest in morning-show symposiums — Aspire Network (which is owned by Magic Johnson) has greenlit a show called Exhale, essentially a View hosted by five black women instead of Elisabeth Hasselbeck and the voices in her head. » 4/30/13 11:00am 4/30/13 11:00am

Issa Rae Really Hates the Dudes of LA

Issa Rae, the beloved star and creator of The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl, has finally finished writing her highly anticipated pilot for her collaboration with Shonda Rhimes I Hate LA Dudes. As it turns out, the title isn't just eye-catching and funny, but, as Rae told Vulture in an interview promoting … » 3/01/13 5:00pm 3/01/13 5:00pm

Go Behind the Scenes of Awkward Black Girl and Be Sad You Don't Hang…

I dare you to watch this and not want to start your own show, it's so inspiring! Issa Rae saw a hole in TV programming that desperately needed to be stuffed with awesome, and so she went out there and made it happen. We still need about five billion more shows that feature diverse ensembles, but it's part of the… » 1/10/13 11:30pm 1/10/13 11:30pm

Critics Still Snarky About 20-Something Women Making It Big in…

NBC is adapting Emma Koenig's — yes, she of the New York Times trend pieceFuck! I'm In My 20s Tumblr and book into a television series. Perhaps you've heard of some other shows about 20-something ladies? No, not just Girls; Fox recently acquired Adulting, a J.J. Abrams-produced comedy based on Kelly Williams… » 10/18/12 5:40pm 10/18/12 5:40pm

The Campaign to Make Issa Rae the Star of Her New Show

In recent Wonderful News, it was revealed that Shonda Rhimes, creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal, just sold a comedy to ABC called I Hate LA Dudes, which will be written and co-executive produced by Hollywood newcomer Issa Rae. » 10/05/12 5:00pm 10/05/12 5:00pm

Awkward Black Girl Coming to Network TV (Sorta!)

She's been churning out episodes of Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal, and this afternoon, Shonda Rhimes tweeted, "Shondaland has been busy!" Because her production company just sold a comedy to ABC called I Hate La Dudes, from writer Issa Rae, whom you all know from The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl » 10/01/12 5:00pm 10/01/12 5:00pm

Awkward Black Girl Issa Rae Is Here and Taking Your Questions

If you're not yet familiar with the web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl — which, according to the venerable New York Times, is "strikingly bold" and "full of sharp, pointillist humor that's extremely refreshing" — do take a moment to check it out. Once you've fallen in love (which shouldn't take more… » 8/20/12 2:05pm 8/20/12 2:05pm

Hey, It's a Brand New Season of Awkward Black Girl!

Yay! Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl, the award-winning series created by and starring Issa Rae, is back for a second season. » 6/18/12 5:00pm 6/18/12 5:00pm