Issa Rae is an American actress, writer, and producer who became known for her Youtube series “Awkward Black Girl.” She has since gone on to star in the HBO television series “Insecure,” for which she was nominated for Golden Globes Awards.
As of 2024, Issa Rae's net worth is estimated to be $4 million.
|Jo-Issa Rae Diop
|Source(s) of Fame
|Actress, Writer, and Producer
|Date of Birth
|January 12, 1985
|Place of Birth
|Los Angeles, California, United States
|Married, Louis Diame,
Jo-Issa Rae Diop was born in Los Angeles, California on January 12, 1985. Her father Abdoulaye Diop is a doctor and her mother Delyna Diop (née Hayward) is an educator.
Issa Rae and her family lived in Dakar, Senegal for a while before they moved to Potomac, Maryland. When she was young, they moved again to LA. There, she enrolled at King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science where she learned acting.
Issa Rae enrolled at Stanford University for her college education. During her free, she made music videos, plays, and a reality series which she called “Dorm Diaries”. She also became friends with Tracy Oliver in college who produced “Awkward Black Girl”.
Issa Rae started her web series “Awkward Black Girl” in 2011 and it went viral. To fund the rest of its first season, Tracy Oliver raised money and got more than 50 thousand dollars from donations. The rest of the season was uploaded on Issa’s own youtube channel.
Issa then partnered with Pharrell Williams and released another season of the series on his YouTube channel. In 2013, Awkward Black Girl received a Shorty award for Best Web Show and Issa Rae starred in her comedy series with Larry Wilmore.
Issa also wrote and produced other youtube web series like “Roomieloverfriends”, and “The Choir” which focused on African-American experiences.
In 2015, her comedy series called “Insecure” was picked by HBO Max and since its release, the HBO series received critical acclaim. The following year, the HBO series renewed the tv series “Insecure” for another season until the fifth season that aired in December 2021.
After Insecure premiered, Issa has either produced, wrote, or starred in television shows like A Black Lady Sketch Show, Little, Hair Love, and The Lovebirds.
In 2017, the film was picked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 10 Television Programs of the Year. Issa Rae also got two Golden Globes Awards nominations for Best Actress – Television Series Musical in 2017 and 2018 as well as a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in 2018.
Issa Rae released her “The Photograph” in 2020 where New York times commented. In the same year, Issa acted as Lailani in the film “The Lovebirds”.
Issa Rae’s husband is Louis Diame who is a Senegalese businessman. Rae announced their engagement by wearing her engagement ring on a magazine cover and they got married in 2021 in France.
As of now, Issa and Louis don’t have any children yet. Issa even said that she is not yet sure if she wants to get pregnant.
According to Issa, her favorite actor is Robert Downey Jr., and her favorite actress Mindy Kaling is her inspiration.
Issa Rae is very active on her social media accounts where she has a large number of followers. Her Instagram account alone has over 3.6 million followers, her Twitter account has more than 1.6 million followers, and her Facebook page has over 118 thousand followers.
She also has her own website and own Youtube channel where she uploaded her Youtube series. Her channel that she created in October 2006 has now over 558 thousand subscribers with 53 million views.
Issa Rae wrote her first book, etitled “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” and the book became a New York Times bestseller.
In Issa’s book, she wrote about her life and struggles. Issa opened up about her personal struggle with not being able to fit in a group because she is not that black to some people.
The company Google announced in 2019 that Issa Rae will become one of Google Assistant’s voices. Google’s customers can say “Okay Google, talk like Issa.” for the google assistant’s voice to change to Issa’s voice. Her voice became available on the first day of October 2021.
Issa partnered with Atlantic Records and launched her record label which she called “Raedio” in 2019. She then produced the song “Kinda Love” by TeaMarrr.
In 2021, Issa Rae founded her own production company Hoorae which then signed a film and tv deal with WarnerMedia. She executive produced episodes of the series “Little Horribles” and many more.
She and Hannah Diop are also the co-owner and muse of Sienna Naturals since 2020. As a famous actress, she also endorsed many brands and companies like Customs By Tai Etsy Store, Samsung Mobile USA, and many more.
The American Actress, Issa Rae got her start in the entertainment industry with her series “Awkward Black Girl” which she uploaded on Youtube. Since then, she has starred, written, and produced many tv shows and movies. She also wrote her book which became New York Times best seller. As of now, Issa Rae’s net worth is estimated to be 4 million dollars.
Issa Rae has sometimes been associated with other Actors such as Tapasee Pannu, Michael Blackson, Kanika Kapoor, Karen Gillan, Sonakshi Sinha, Evanna Lynch, Himanshi Khurana, Alexa Demie, and Akhil Akkineni.