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Issa Rae Says She Was Told To Include White Character In Her Shows


FILE – This July 24, 2019 file photo shows Issa Rae, an executive producer of the HBO comedy series “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” during the 2019 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. HBO’s The fourth season of Rae’s show“Insecure,” premieres Sunday on HBO. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File

To Make Audiences Care In a recent interview with Mic Magazine, Issa Rae shared a conversation she had with a colleague in 2011 while working on her web series, The Misadventure of Awkward Black Girl. She said, it was put in my mind that you had to have a white character to be a bridge and for people to care for it to get awards. She was told to include a white character so NPR would write about her show. Since that conversation Issa has  earned 11 Emmy nominations and won one.

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