Issa Rae: I Want to Deserve to Be Here & That’s Part of What Keeps Me Up At Night
In the May 2020 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, Issa Rae explained:
“I want to be a pop culture staple—a black pop culture staple. I want to have an impact on my community. Everything I’ve done has been for—and in thinking of—black people, and I don’t take this moment lightly. I want to do right by us, at the end of the day.”
Issa Rae, who just celebrated the 5th season renewal of INSECURE came on the scene in February 2011 with her Youtube series, The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl . After going viral and experiencing amounting success, Issa has stuck to her roots while opening the door for others.
In 2014, Issa Rae and Deniese Davis founded ColorCreative to increase opportunities for emerging writers and exceptional storytellers in Film, TV, and Digital, focusing exclusively on diversity. She has only continued to brighten her star power from there.
The Senegalese actress, writer, and producer has garnered more success as she branched off into TV projects and popular films such as The Photograph and Little. Issa states,
“The bigger you are and the more people know your name, the more people you’re stumbling in front of.”
Even with all of the success and eyes watching, Issa remains grateful for where she is. She confessed,
“It almost just feels like I fooled people. Ha, ha, you put me on a magazine cover…The blessing is like, Okay, I can for sure make my own opportunities, and that’s fun. But I also want to be able to…I want to deserve to be here, and that’s part of what keeps me up at night.”
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