HBO Developing Comedy Series For “Awkward Black Girl” Creator Issa Rae

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HBO has announced that they are planning a new comedy series that will be a collaborative effort between Larry Wilmore and Issa Rae,awkward black girl according to Deadline. 

Wilmore is a well know producer of Black oriented television programming such as The Jamie Foxx Show, The Bernie Mac Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as well as being the co-creator of The PJ’s.

Wilmore also has some diversity to his resume’ thanks to his extensive background as a writer for shows such as The Office, In Living Color and Sister,Sister. He was also a regular correspondent on the Daily Show as the “Senior Black Correspondent.”

Rae is a rising star in Hollywood after the breakout success of her webseries, “The Misadventures of An Awkward Black Girl.” The online show caught the attention of many network execs as well a hip hop super-producer Pharrell Williams, who has a YouTube channel called I Am Other on which Rae is a regular contributor. Rae was also just named as part of Forbes’ “30 under 30” list and has reportedly written a comedy script for Shonda Rhimes, creator of hit show “Scandal”, Shondaland Productions.

With two talented Black artists with such exquisite track records, the new show is sure to be a welcome addition to the airwaves. According to Nellie Andreeva of, “The project focuses on the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern day African-American woman. These are also themes Rae has tackled in her successful webseries, The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl. Wilmore will executive produce with 3 Arts, which manages both him and Rae, while Rae will co-executive produce.”

Rae is also set to star on the show. Hopefully more information will be available soon about the progression of the project. Rae has really pulled herself up and went after her dreams. She will be releasing a memoir published by HarperCollins in a few months that tells the story of her rise from obscurity to the spotlight.


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