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Jo-Issa Rae Diop (born January 12, 1985), known as Issa Rae, is an American actress, writer, director, producer, and web series creator. She first garnered attention for her work on the YouTube web series Awkward Black Girl. She subsequently gained further recognition for creating, co-writing, and starring in the HBO television series Insecure. For her acting work on Insecure, she has received two Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
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Ava DuVernay and Kenya Barris Join Issa Rae for Inaugural ‘Creator Conversations’ Talk at American Black Film Festival (EXCLUSIVE)

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Angelique Jackson As if serving as the creative director of the 28th edition of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) wasn’t enough, Issa Rae will now sit for the inaugural “Creator Conversation” with two very special guests: Ava DuVernay and Kenya Barris.

The exclusive live event — which is part of a new program dubbed “Creator Conversations” — will take attendees on a journey through their Rae, DuVernay and Barris’ processes and careers, including recent projects such as DuVernay’s latest film “Origin” and Barris’ hit “Black-ish” franchise and his directorial debut “You People.” “We are truly delighted to get a rare glimpse into the minds of three trailblazers who are reshaping the landscape of film and television.

Ava DuVernay, Kenya Barris and Issa Rae are incredibly talented creators whose work and careers we admire tremendously,” ​​said Nice Crowd President Nicole Friday announcing the special event, which will be held on Friday, June 14 at the New World Center in Miami Beach, Fl. “This on-stage conversation will provide the audiences with in-person access to these iconic creatives, allowing them to engage and hear directly from these celebrated artists.” DuVernay is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy- and Peabody-award winning filmmaker whose latest project “Origin” is now streaming on Hulu.

The film is a sprawling yet intimate adaptation of Isabel Wilkerson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” which investigates the global phenomenon of caste, its origins and influence on society.

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