Front Row for Issa Rae

February 12, 2018

Posted: February 12, 2018, 12:17pm

Issa Rae speaking with USC Student Leaders at Bovard Auditorium.

Issa Rae, a Golden Globe nominee and web/television creator, came to speak on campus last Tuesday night! Hosted by Graduate Student Government (GSG), Student Assembly for Gender Empowerment, Speakers Committee, Black Student Assembly, Center for Empowered Learning Development and Technology, Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs, and Center for Feminist Research, Issa Rae and the Black Perspective was a deep conversation led by two student leaders heavily involved in addressing diversity and equity at USC. Throughout the evening, Issa spoke about her experiences in the entertainment industry as a black woman and discussing her passion for creating content for people of color.

Issa with members of the GSG Executive Board!

Issa is a true game changer, often lumped alongside media giant Shonda Rhimes – a USC alumnus who created Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder, because she is actively writing roles for minorities and encouraging them to enter the industry as producers, directors, and leaders behind the scenes. In her HBO series Insecure, Issa tackles not only issues of race and race relations in Los Angeles, but also topics surrounding dating, sexuality, and stereotypes held within the black community. Her content has initiated many opportunities for dialogue, bringing these discussions into daily conversation and making once “hush-hush” topics more acceptable. It was incredible seeing her live and seeing how many younger creators of color she has inspired. I can’t wait for the third season of her show! #teamissa

Published on February 12th, 2018

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