Known for her mantra of rooting for “everybody Black,” she said in a candid conversation with Net-A-Porter that she has been making positive strides towards becoming independent as fewer Black shows receive the green light.
“You’re seeing so many Black shows get canceled,” shedding light on the stark reality that fewer Black stories with Black casts are gracing the silver screen.
In 2023, a wave of cancellations hit several shows that were representative of the Black community, including ABC dramas like “Grown-ish” and “The Wonder Years,” Showtime’s “Ziwe,” Freeform’s “Everything’s Trash,” and FX’s “Kindred.”
Last year also witnessed the cancellation of “Truth Be Told” on Apple TV+ and “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” a critically acclaimed series created by comedian Robin Thede and produced by Issa Rae, which garnered 13 Emmy nominations over its four seasons on HBO.
Issa Rae expressed concern about the changing landscape, noting:
She expressed a sense of pessimism, emphasizing the lack of accountability in the industry. While acknowledging her ability to advocate for change, Rae pondered the cost of pushing for her stories to be prioritized, stating:
“I can’t force you to make my stuff.”