Issa Rae - Updated Jul 2024

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Issa Rae

Issa Rae is a well-known actress, director, producer, and scriptwriter from the United States. Moreover, Issa Rae is popular for the web series, ‘The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.’

Early Life

Jo-Issa Rae Diop best known as Issa Rae was born on the 12th of January, 1985, in Los Angeles, California, the United States of America.

As of now, this actress is 39 years old and holds American nationality. Moreover, she has a birth sign of Capricorn and belongs to the African-American ethnicity.

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Caption: Issa Rae with her mother (Source: Pinterest)

Issa is the daughter of Abdoulaye Diop (father) and Delyna Diop (mother). Professionally, her father is a pediatrician and neonatologist from Senegal.

Whereas, her mother is a teacher from Louisiana. In addition, she has four siblings whose names are unknown in public at the moment.


Regarding her academic career, she attended King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science. Later, she enrolled and completed her graduation from Stanford University in Africa.

Issa Rae – Net Worth 2024

As an actress, director, producer, and scriptwriter, she has earned a huge sum of moments. Moreover, her net worth is estimated at around $4 million.


In 2017, she won the NAMIC Vision Award for Best Performance – Comedy and the Black Reel Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series.

Later, in 2018, she won the Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy. That same year, she earned the Streamy Awards for Best Drama Series and the Black Reel Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.

In 2019, she earned the Webby Award for Video Person of the Year and the Black Reel Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series.

Moreover, she earned the BET Award for Best Actress and two Black Reel Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Comedy Series.

In 2021, she earned the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. Moreover, she earned two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.

Professional Career

Early career

While still in college, Issa Rae began making music videos as well as a satirical reality show called Dorm Diaries.

She later met Tracy Oliver, who helped her produce Weekday Black Girl and was featured on a show called Nina. Her video series “Awkward Black Girl,” which started on YouTube in 2011, quickly gained enormous popularity.

She received a lot of positive feedback for the role she played in the television series “Awkward Black Girl,” which helped her get media attention.

After receiving $56,269 in donations from 1,960 people, they posted the remaining episodes of season one on her YouTube channel.

She then had appearances in numerous movies and TV shows, including The Couple (2012), The Number (2012–13), Instacurity (2013), Rubberhead (2014), A Bitter Lime (2014), and many more.

Big Break Through and launch a record label

She received her big break in 2016 on the HBO sitcom “Insecure” with Larry Wilmore, which was once more loved by many. Later, HBO decided to continue the show for a second season, which was broadcast in 2017.

The continuation of the show for a third season, which aired in 2018, was announced in 2017. According to rumors, HBO will air the fourth season in 2020. Later, the American Film Institute named Insecure one of the top ten television shows of 2017.

Her show ‘Insecure’ was also recognized at the 77th annual Peabody Awards in 2018 for “creating a series that authentically captures the lives of everyday young, black people in modern society.”

This actress co-starred in the comedy Little and the drama “The Hate U Give” in 2018. Google revealed in 2019 that she would be a new voice for Google Assistant.

She was included in the Google Assistant as an additional vocal option, which the user may reach by saying “OK Google, talk like Issa.”

Additionally, she established the record company Radio and collaborated with Atlantic Records to produce the song “Kinda Love” by the singer-rapper team. She has been in the drama “The Photograph” and the comedy love story “The Lovebirds” both released in 2020.

As a Producer and author

In addition to acting, she also produces several movies and TV shows, including Little Horribles (2013), Black Actress (2013), and Roomieloverfriends (2013–2014).

Likewise, she has also produced movies like The Choir (2013–2015), Words with Girls (2014), First (2014–2015), Hard Times (2014), Killing Lazarus (2015), A Black Lady Sketch Show (2019), The Lovebirds (2020), Rap Sh*t (2020), and many more.

In addition, she released a book in 2015 called “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” which eventually became a New York Times best-seller.

She has also worked on other projects like “Little Horribles,” “Black Actress,” “Get Your Life,” and “Killing Lazarus.” In the upcoming movie, In Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, she will also provide the voice of Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman (2023).

Relationship Status

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Caption: Issa Rae with her husband, Louis Diame (Source: The Cut)

In July 2021, she married her longtime boyfriend, Louis Diame. Louis is a Senegalese businessman. As of now, there is no news regarding their children. At the moment, this actress is not a part of controversy or rumors and focuses on her profession and personal life.

Body Measurements

This actress is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs around 59 kg. Moreover, she has brown eyes with black hair color and her body measures around 33-28-34 inches. In addition, she  33B bra cup size and a 4 (US) dress size.

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Caption: Issa Rae posing for a photo (Source: Go Fug Yourself)

Issa Rae – Social Media

On her Instagram page, there are more than 3.7 million followers. Likewise, there are more than 1.6 million followers on Twitter and more than 3.3k followers on Facebook.