Issa Rae

Issa Rae

Highest Rated: 97% The Hate U Give (2018)

Lowest Rated: 47% Little (2019)

Birthday: Jan 12, 1985

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Born in Los Angeles in 1985, Jo-Issa Rae Diop lived in Dakar, Senegal for a short time, but was raised in Maryland until sixth grade when her family moved to Los Angeles. Diop attended Stanford, graduating in 2007 with a major in African and African-American Studies. While in college, she was active in the arts, making music videos and creating a mock reality series called "Dorm Diaries." In 2008, a friend began calling her Issa Rae, and Diop decided that she would use the name for her creative endeavors. After graduation she received a theater fellowship at The Public Theater in New York and began taking film classes. An article bemoaning the lack of African-American geeks portrayed in media led Rae to create "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl" (YouTube, 2011-2013). Rae and her friend Tracy Oliver both produced and acted in the first season, which debuted on YouTube in 2011. The overwhelmingly positive response led the two to launch a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $50,000 to fund more episodes of the show. Rae partnered with Pharrell Williams and premiered the second season of the show on his YouTube channel, iamOther. The show won the Shorty Award for Best Web Show in 2012 and ended its run in February of 2013. In 2015, Rae published a memoir titled "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl," and in 2016, she starred in and produced the critically acclaimed series "Insecure" (HBO, 2016-). Between seasons of the series, Rae appeared in the acclaimed drama "The Hate U Give" (2018).

Highest rated movies

The Hate U Give Vengeance The Photograph The Lovebirds Little




No Score Yet No Score Yet Barbie Unknown (Character) - 2023
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Jessica Drew (Voice) - 2023
79% 85% Vengeance Eloise (Character) $3.3M 2022
No Score Yet 100% Insecure: The End Self,
Executive Producer
- 2021
65% 51% The Lovebirds Leilani (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2020
75% 81% The Photograph Mae (Character),
Executive Producer
$20.6M 2020
47% 59% Little April Williams (Character) $40.6M 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hair Love Mom (Voice) - 2019
97% 82% The Hate U Give April Ofrah (Character) $29.6M 2018


100% 36% Rap Sh!t Executive Producer,
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sweet Life: Los Angeles Executive Producer,
No Score Yet 6% The View Guest 2016-2017 2019-2020 2022
No Score Yet 49% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2019-2020 2022
100% 57% A Black Lady Sketch Show Executive Producer 2019 2021-2022
70% 39% Roar Wanda (Character) 2022
97% 82% Insecure Issa (Character),
Executive Producer
2016-2018 2020-2021
No Score Yet 45% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2017-2018 2021
No Score Yet 66% Desus & Mero Guest 2019-2021
No Score Yet 87% Finding Your Roots Guest 2021
No Score Yet 96% Sesame Street Unknown (Guest Star) 2020
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Host 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2017 2019-2020
No Score Yet 45% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2016-2017 2019
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2018
No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2017-2018
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2017
No Score Yet 21% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2017
No Score Yet 100% Desus & Mero Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2017
No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2016