Issa Rae Recalls Issa Rae Recalls Pitching Her TV Show To A Hollywood Exec for the First Time

By Kia Morgan

I personally watched all of Issa Rae’s web series. The first series I fell in love with was, ‘First’. When I stumbled up this series I was hooked from the first episode. Right then, Issa became my mentor in my head. I loved how she showed black love in all its beautiful ups and scary downs. She’s a great writer and visionary.

“My first Hollywood pitch was kind of unofficial,” she shares. “Basically, I had this web series. It was the third web series I had ever made. The executive was like, ‘Yes I saw your show—funny stuff, funny stuff.’ ”

“And I was like, ‘Um, thank you.’ ” she goes on to say, “He was like, ‘Yeah, it’s about this Black woman and her Black woman problems. Hilarious.’ ” “And I was like, ‘That’s not what it’s about, but okay.’ ”

In typical Hollywood fashion the white executive went on to tell Rae who’s a black woman, what black audiences want to see. He tells her to change some characters for more widespread attention.

After that meeting Rae was upset but she didn’t let that deter her. It became her fuel to keep pushing and making series black people wanted to see with characters that looked like them and their everyday life.

Issa’s an inspiration to me and to other creatives. I hope she continues to produce





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