2013 The Root 100

Issa Rae is a fresh voice in TV on the verge of major success.

  • Influence: 195.1
  • Reach: 12.03
  • Substance: 7.5
  • Media Mentions: 112
  • Internet Mentions: 238000
  • Twitter Followers: 39814
  • Issa Rae

  • Has major TV deal with HBO.
  • Job: Writer and owner of Issa Rae Productions
  • Sector: Entertainment/Media
  • Twitter: @IssaRae
  • Location: Los Angeles
  • Age: 28
  • Bio: As the writer, creator, lead actress and chief fundraiser for the sly, gut-busting award-winning Web series The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl, Issa Rae also was able to write her own ticket. She made her bones by producing a show about a 20-something black woman who is socially awkward, universally relatable and hella funny. With more than 13 million viewers, the webisodes caught grass-roots fire, and ABG’s second season was entirely bankrolled by Pharrell Williams. This year, Rae signed on to co-write and star in a comedy series for HBO. Just to keep it funky, the Senegalese-American maverick was named to Forbes' "30 Under 30" and plans to release a book of memoirs and essays. Visit her website and like her Facebook page.