For five years straight, Yvonne Orji was a lead on HBO’s “Insecure” as Molly Carter. While the critically acclaimed show was a success early on, the Emmy-nominated actress and comedian has revealed a time when she was still choosing to be on a budget.
Dec 15, 2022
Now more than ever, creatives need resources to help propel themselves to the next level. To do that, Steve Stoute’s UnitedMasters headed to Brooklyn, NY on May 5, 2022, to build a better future for creators at the fourth annual SelectCon. Programming throughout the afternoon included DJ Drama, Coodie, Hit-Boy, and Jim Jones to help emerging artists, creatives, and entrepreneurs prepare for the future. There was even a fireside chat with Stoute and Issa Rae that was fitting for a grand finale in the evening. Before a DJ line-up featuring DJ Drama, Angel + Dren, and more invaded, though, Issa Rae talked the music industry, what’s next, and more. Check it out below.
May 10, 2022
Destiny’s Child may have set the tone for a whole new wave of independence for women like Wilglory Tanjong. According to CNBC Make It, Tanjong is a full-time MBA student at the University of Pennsylvania and serves as the founder and CEO of a luxury purse brand, Anima Iris, all at the tender age of 25. Upon launching in 2020, the brand has reportedly raked in more than $725,000, catching the likes of Beyoncé herself. But, how does one manage to achieve such success at a young age? Well, first, Tajong did not start her business for financial gain but instead wanted to use it to honor her personal and ancestral background. “[Anima Iris] was a therapeutic project that was just making me happy,” Tanjong shared with CNBC Make It. “I’ve always been a very fashionable person. People always ask me, ‘Where’d you get this? Where’d you get that?’ And then I realized, ‘Hey, maybe people will just buy [products] from me.’”
Jan 25, 2022
HBO and Issa Rae’s “Insecure” isn’t going out without a bang! AfroTech first told you about Glow Up Games, an all-women of color founded game studio on a mission to create games made with Black and brown joy in mind, in March 2020. “Glow Up Games is a research and development studio centered around using AI, AR/VR, games, and other innovative technologies to tell diverse stories,” we reported at the time. “The tech company is founded by three women of color including Mitu Khandaker, Tara Mustapha, and Latoya Peterson. Glow Up Games prides itself on creating experiences that are relatable to players of diverse backgrounds.” Now the founders of color have announced that they’re ready to launch their free-to-play mobile game “Insecure: The Come Up Game” alongside HBO as viewers are halfway through the final and fifth season of the hit series. Glow Up Games The game, which brings the friendships, drama and misadventures of “Issa Dee” and her friends to life is now available after the...
Nov 30, 2021
Issa Rae’s winning streak continues! The “Insecure” creator just launched Hoorae, her own media company. Formerly Issa Rae Productions, Hoorae includes HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show” and “Insecure.” According to Variety , next on Hoorae’s horizon includes the “Seen & Heard” docuseries and “Tre Cnt” for HBO, along with “Rap S**t” for HBO Max, “Ghost in the Machine” for Netflix, “Perfect Strangers” for Spyglass, and “Sinkhole” with Monkeypaw and Universal. Rae has promoted veteran executive Sara Rastogi to senior vice president of development and she will report to Montrel McKay, president of Hoorae film and TV. Management company, ColorCreative, run by president Talitha Watkins and chief operating officer Deniese Davis, also falls under the Hoorae umbrella along with Raedio — the music label in partnership created by Rae with Atlantic Records. “Working with Issa, Montrel and the whole team has been refreshing and rewarding,” said Rastogi of Columbia Pictures. “Issa invests in...
Oct 1, 2020
The fourth season of HBO’s award-winning series, “ Insecure ,” starts with quite a few twists and eye-openers. One of the central storylines carried over from season three is Issa’s ambitious block party idea. The awkward, everyday lead character is determined to showcase Inglewood, California, her Los Angeles hometown. With full-fledged F.U.B.U. vibes, she hopes that the block party will celebrate and bring more attention to small, Black-owned businesses in her community, which are often shut down or forgotten about due to fast-growing, widespread gentrification . In the season premiere, Issa works with a newfound friend, Condola, on a business mixer that will help her gain much-needed sponsors to fund and supply a successful event. While — true to real-life — Issa experiences some personal and professional roadblocks along the way, she ultimately nails her business pitch and takes necessary steps toward a huge career moment. If you find yourself lowkey struggling, here are a few...
Apr 13, 2020
Insecure season four is upon us! The first episode, “Lowkey Feelin’ Myself,” is set to air on April 12, and I’m sure we are all looking forward to Issa Dee’s ionic mirror raps. As we wait for the premiere, Glow Up Games has come in clutch with the release of its “ Insecure: The Come Up Game “ where you can gas yourself up just like Issa. Glow Up Games is a research and development studio centered around using AI, AR/VR, games, and other innovative technologies to tell diverse stories. The tech company is founded by three women of color including Mitu Khandaker, Tara Mustapha, and Latoya Peterson. Glow Up Games prides itself on creating experiences that are relatable to players of diverse backgrounds. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Glow Up Games ✨ (@glowup.games) The free mobile game allows you to create a sim and live life in LA just like the cast of “Insecure.” The game also features a rap word game that allows players to create raps and share them with friends....
Mar 31, 2020