Her name is Issa Rae and she just can’t stop winning, not only for herself but for the black entertainment industry and her latest achievement is proof that the actress, writer, director, producer, and web series creator is on a mission to make diversity and black representation on your TV a norm.
Through her production label, Issa Rae Productions, the African American actress with Senegalese roots struck a deal with HBO for an all-black female sketch comedy show making it the first of its kind in the history of black entertainment.
HBO made the announcement of the order of the new show and later took to Twitter to share the great news about the late addition to their shows.
I created “A Black Lady Sketch Show” because I love how many insanely funny black women are grinding in these comedy streets! It’s time the WORLD recognizes. This show is going to be epic and @IssaRae & I are so honored to be bringing this project to @HBO! https://t.co/MK1JD2Qyyl
— Robin Thede (@robinthede) January 28, 2019
Called A Black Lady Sketch Show, Issa Rae will be the executive producer of the half-hour show created and written by Robin Thede, the former BET late-night host. A Black Lady Sketch Show will be performed by a core cast of black women, including Thede, as well as celebrity guests and Issa Rae.
The show will be written and directed by an all-black women team which will have Lauren Ashley Smith as head writer.
Sticking to the structure of a sketch comedy show, A Black Lady Sketch Show is set to be a humorous approach to women’s perspectives on issues including relationships, self-love and care and any other aspect of life worth being talked about.
Judging from the success of Issa Rae, Robin Thede, and Lauren Ashley Smith, A Black Lady Sketch Show promises to be a huge sensation and fans eagerly await the announcement for the premiere dates.
I was so sad when your late night show was cancelled but I just knew you'd be back with something great so I wasn't too worried and now you're teaming w @IssaRae and HBO and I'm SUPER EXCITED!!! pic.twitter.com/As9eInyif9
— Brian Scott Doyle (@pokercomedy) January 28, 2019
So hype for this!! And I just listened to @RobinThede on @ashleyn1cole's pod planting the seeds about opening another door/window/avenue for us to succeed. Sis👏🏾…tahs👏🏾are👏🏾doing👏🏾it 👏🏾for 👏🏾 themselves!
— KerriAuntie (@auntie_kerri) January 29, 2019
The announcement of the show comes a few weeks after the release of the trailer of the movie Little starring Issa Rae and Marsai Martin who was also the Executive Producer making history as the youngest executive producer in Hollywood.
The historic move is also in line with Issa Rae’s promise to bring diversity to Hollywood after signing a multi-year deal.