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Issa Rae Says She's Secured Investors For A Studio To Create Opportunities For Creators — 'When I Tell You We’re Ready, We’re Ready'

Issa Rae is looking to build on her empire. During an interview with Time, the actress and producer revealed a slew of new ventures following the cancellation of her HBO Max show “Rap Sh!t” after two seasons. Rae is making it clear she is nowhere near the finish line with a project set in “alternative present” on the way, which she will produce, write, and be featured in, in addition to a comedy centering on corporate America. She is making it clear when one doors open, she will open her own, noting the importance of succeeding in the industry as she wants to be a vessel for change. “I recognize that I have to do well economically to be able to make change,” Rae told Time. “That’s frustrating, that’s ugly. But I recognize that money moves things faster—and so much of what I do is with the intention to help make those moves.”’ While Rae will be nurturing new projects, she also wants to continue her efforts to support other creatives building on the work of her production company...

Samantha Dorisca

Feb 2, 2024

AFROTECH Conference 2023: Issa Rae Reveals The Next Era Of Her Journey Is Owning Her Intellectual Property

Issa Rae took a toast with her own Viarae Prosecco to commemorate gracing the Women’s Summit stage during AFROTECH Conference 2023.

Samantha Dorisca

Nov 4, 2023

Issa Rae Turns Her Love For Prosecco Into Launching Her Wine Brand Viarae Prosecco

Issa Rae has turned her go-to drink into her next business venture!

Ngozi Nwanji

Oct 16, 2023

Scottie Beam And Sylvia Obell Open Up About Their Departure From Netflix And Inking A Deal With Issa Rae’s Raedio

When Black women link up, the magic happens. And Scottie Beam and Sylvia Obell are proof. The best friend duo debuted their “Okay, Now Listen” podcast on Netflix’s Strong Black Lead in 2020, delivering raw conversations ranging from dealing with the stages of heartbreak to bouncing back from career failures. Plus, guests included the likes of Zendaya, Nia Long, Damson Idris, and more.

Ngozi Nwanji

Jun 27, 2023

Issa Rae Details Her 'Insecure'-Like Introduction To Adulthood — 'We Never Paid Rent For Six Months'

There is a saying regarding the fine arts that suggests art often imitates life. And if anyone ever took this phrase seriously, it is our favorite self-proclaimed awkward Black girl, Issa Rae. As the creator of the YouTube series “The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl” and the cult-classic “Insecure,” Rae has been given the world a loosely based look into her life. Her characters are relatable and accurately depict the cohort of millennials she represents. What’s more, they bring the very much-needed comedic relief necessary for surviving adulthood. With an array of awards and honors under her belt, it is safe to say that Issa Rae is that girl! But before the fame and the large platform, one of the most relatable qualities about Rae was that she worked hard and got it out the mud like many future, current, and aspiring creatives. So much so that when she once lived in Harlem, New York, she went six months without paying rent and was in for the surprise of her life when the...

Josh Rodgers

Oct 28, 2022

How Embracing Being The 'First' And 'Only' At The Table Helped ADCOLOR Founder Tiffany R. Warren Make Space For Others

As the “first” and “only” in many rooms, Tiffany R. Warren has made it her mission to make sure there will be a seat at the table for others.

Samantha Dorisca

Aug 29, 2022

Nonprofit That Received Backing From Stars Like Yara Shahidi And Issa Rae Gains Its First Black Woman CEO

Ghetto Film School (GFS) — the award-winning nonprofit created to help future storytellers by educating, uplifting, and supporting their development — is backed by some of Hollywood’s best including Issa Rae and Yara Shahidi. Now, it plans to amplify its efforts further as Montea Robinson has become the first Black woman CEO. “Whether you know how to write a script or point a camera, we’re going to put a camera in your hands and get you to shoot something with it,” she said in an exclusive interview with Variety. “You’re writing, shooting, directing all of the work…We see filmmaking as a craft that we want to teach our students, but also as a secondary education that helps them understand the agency they have over their own story.” Robinson will be responsible for increasing GFS’s reach and influence while focusing on developing and creating career opportunities for participants. In addition, Robinson plans to make GFS programs more accessible to students while strengthening...

Samantha Dorisca

May 20, 2022

Exclusive: Issa Rae Talks The Music Industry, What's Next Plus More At UnitedMasters' SelectCon

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.

Kahlil Haywood

May 10, 2022

Patreon Announces Incubator And Community For Creators Of Colors With Creative Partner Issa Rae And More

Patreon has created a new program to help underserved creatives get themselves and their ideas funded. The creator-focused membership platform has announced Pull Up — an incubator to help creators of color not only gain access to capital but also resources and community to grow sustainable and profitable businesses — according to a press release. Anyone who identifies as a creator/ creative of color is able to join the community. Pull Up is supported by and builds on experiences of some of the biggest creators of color driving culture today including Issa Rae’s HOORAE, Amanda Seales’ Smart Funny & Black, Durand Bernarr, Jade Novah, Nicole Cardoza, Tim Chantarungsu, Blair Imani and Tina Yu, and more. “We are excited to be a part of Pull Up, powered by Patreon’s Creator Success team, who continue to be a champion for HOORAE on and off the platform,” said Issa Rae, creative partner for Pull Up powered by Patreon, according to the press release. “We share a core set of values in...

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 22, 2022

Issa Rae, Airbnb, Nasdaq Announce $100K Donation To LeadersUp To Support The South LA Community

Following her being a temporary Airbnb host through Valentine’s Day weekend, according to our sister site Travel Noire, Issa Rae has joined the company for a new initiative to support South LA. According to a press release, the Inglewood native has partnered with Airbnb, along with Nasdaq, to announce a $100,000 donation to LeadersUp, a nonprofit organization that works to help create an inclusive, antiracist economy — per its website. The press release shares that the new donation will go toward creating an impact fund for South LA residents to be provided access to educational, mental health and wellness, and technological resources. The collaborative effort to support underrepresented communities is also financially assisting LA-based organizations Central Neighborhood Health Foundation and Brotherhood Crusade.

Ngozi Nwanji

Feb 15, 2022

Issa Rae's 'Me Season' Continues As Raedio Snags Worldwide Multi-Project Deal With Audible

Issa Rae said it was her “me season.” In yet another deal that serves the Black creative community, Issa Rae proves that it’s her winning season even with the series ending of the beloved “Insecure.” In a press release provided to AfroTech, the creator’s company Raedio has announced that it has closed in on a worldwide multi-project development deal with Audible.

Ngozi Nwanji

Jan 21, 2022

Goldman Sachs Announces Latest Round Of Investments As A Part Of Its One Million Black Women Initiative

Black women are getting the support they deserve thanks to Goldman Sachs. The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. announced a $10 billion commitment as a part of its One Million Black Women initiative following an Advisory Council meeting on Jan. 12. The collective pool of 17 business and community leaders includes notable names such as Secretary Condoleezza Rice, Issa Rae, and both Stephen and Ayesha Curry. The financial backing from Goldman Sachs will support One Million Black Women’s mission to funnel healthcare, job creation, workforce development, education, affordable housing, digital connectivity, financial health, and access to capital to Black women, according to its press release. “This next round of funding strategically connects the dots across several One Million Black Women impact areas and not only supports the infrastructure that Black women and their families need to thrive but has the potential to uplift communities and address generations of racial and gender inequities,”...

Samantha Dorisca

Jan 17, 2022

Issa Rae‘s Raedio Label And Google Partner To Support Underrepresented Independent Artists

Issa Rae is always helping creatives get in their bag. According to Billboard, with the help of Google, artists can be on standby for t he Raedio Creators Program. The new emerging artist program aims to ensure u nderrepresented independent artists receive the support they need to thrive within the entertainment space. Issa Rae’s “audio everywhere company” — launched in 2019 — has helped four artists break through and find their voice. Yung Baby Tate and TeaMarrr are two Black female artists who have reaped the benefits of Issa Rae’s music platform. Through the partnership with Google, the intended goal is to increase representation for women of color in the music industry. “This partnership is perfectly aligned with my mission in helping open doors and provide opportunities for women to succeed and flourish in their craft,” Issa Rae told Billboard. “I can’t wait to see the impact this program and partnership has on the selectees and the music that is created as a result.”

Samantha Dorisca

Jan 14, 2022

Exclusive: Issa Rae Joins Forces With American Express To Champion Black-Owned Businesses

It’s no secret Issa Rae is rooting for everybody Black and things are no different this holiday season. Joining forces with American Express, Issa Rae will be curating the ByBlack Bazaar marketplace on Saturday, Dec. 11 in Downtown Los Angeles. “As a curator at the marketplace, in its simplest form it will be a great place to stop by and get a gift especially if you do not know what to get people because there will be a range of options,” Issa Rae shared exclusively with AfroTech. “It will also be a great way to establish community amongst business owners and allow owners to establish and forge relationships. You will see the family behind the business and you will see directly or hear about the history of these businesses. With online businesses, you don’t get the neighborhood store feel often. So, the Bazaar marketplace really excites me for that.”

Samantha Dorisca

Dec 6, 2021