The story of Issa Rae: All she had to go through to get to where she is today

Like many who have made it to the top, Issa Rae had her own share of struggles from humble beginnings to where she is today.

Issa Rae’s story of persistence, hard-work and her humble beginnings from Stanford to working odd jobs, and partnering with friends, among others have been chronicled on with clarity and style.

“Just like Viola and Lady Gaga, Issa Rae has weathered and endured a lot to get to where she’s at today. Before she joined the likes of Shonda Rhimes in running and creating ground-breaking shows for top networks, this is what her journey was like:

Issa Rae began acting at the King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine. Soon after she left the institution, Rae took her craft with her to Stanford. When in college she’d make music videos and write her own plays, which she also directed.  At Stanford, she came up with a short series called Dorm Diaries which grew popular on campus. In 2007, she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in African and African-American studies.

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Every artist has got that moment that made them look at something and say, ‘I could do that’, or ‘ That looks cool, I’d like to try it.’ For Viola Davis, it was watching Cicely Tyson in action. For Issa Rae, the moment came in 1996 when she was part of the live audience on the set of Moesha. Later, Rae put up a play in the church that did so well. Unknown to her, that was the beginning of a love affair with the screen.”

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