Behind the Brilliance 034: Issa Rae

The funny and smart Issa Rae joins me to chat about her path to creating the hit webseries, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl along with her new project, Color Creative. Shenanigans and laughter abound as we discuss personality types, shifts in the entertainment industry, our deep love of The Wire, overcoming insecurities, and why we won’t let people pick our brains.

Topics covered:
Issa’s path to ‘Awkward Black Girl’
Color Creative, Issa’s new initiative for content creators
Overcoming insecurities
Why asking to pick someone’s brain is the worst thing ever
Geminis, Capricorns, and the promise of friendship
The Meyers Briggs personality test
The Affair, The Wire, and the brilliance of Vince Gilligan
That time I didn’t ask Idris Elba where Wallace was


Stuff Mentioned in This Episode
Color Creative
Meyers Briggs Personality Test
The Wire
The Affair (watch the full pilot for free)

Issa’s Reads
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
High Price by Carl Hart
Meaty by Samantha Irby

  • Chakecia Rhone

    Love this episode! Super funny.. I’m a huge ABC fan and absolutely love Issa. I took the Myers Briggs for work and I’m an ISTJ. It definitely gave me insight on how I can come across to people.