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Power Move: ‘Awkward Black Girl’ Issa Rae to Star in HBO Scripted Comedy Series

Larry Wilmore and Issa Rae have teamed to co-write a comedy series for HBO starring Rae. The project focuses on the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African-American woman. These are also themes Rae has tackled in her successful Web series, “The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl.” Wilmore will executive produce with 3 Arts, which manages both him and Rae, while Rae will co-executive produce.

Rae, recently named to Forbes’ “30 under 30” list, is writing a memoir/collection of personal essays to be published by HarperCollins. Last season, she penned a comedy script for ABC and Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland. Wilmore is the “The Bernie Mac Show” creator and is repped by UTA and attorney Tom Hoberman. A correspondent on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” Wilmore recently did two interview specials for Showtime titled, “Larry Wilmore’s Race, Religion And Sex.” Rae is represented by UTA and John Meigs Jr.


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