Issa Rae on Working to Create a More Diverse Hollywood

by Yah Yah
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Issa Rae has been blazing the trail for Black creatives since the inception of her YouTube series – The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.

In October, Warner Media confirmed that would executive produce a new HBO series titled Rap Sh*t, a show following a fictional south Florida female rap group’s journey to make it to the top.

Rae has a lot on her plate. The fourth season of Insecure is dropping soon. She has just completed a press tour for her movie, The Photograph starring Lakeith Stanfield — a glorious celebration of Black love, and is awaiting the release of murder mystery flick, The Lovebirds starring Kumail Nanjiani.

Rae recently sat down with Refinery 29, where she was asked once again about diversity in Hollywood, but she says that she’s already doing her part — and we have to agree.

“Journalists and everybody else need to start asking white men these questions like, ‘How do you feel about diversity? What are you doing to combat it? What’s the next step,’ as opposed to asking people of color,” she told the publication. “I just really don’t think there’s anything more that I can say. I’m doing it. I’ve been doing it.”

Despite making waves in the industry, the Insecure creator acknowledges that there is still a long way to go before people outside of the Black community start paying attention in a more purposeful way.

“Only people of color think about other people of color and really, only Black people think about Black people. No one else has the determination to employ us or to make sure that we’re seen and represented,” she explained. “And the more I work, I go into spaces and I’m thinking, Everybody here is a white dude and nobody is like, ‘What are y’all doing?'”

Click here to read the full interview.

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