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Coffee Talk: Issa Rae Is Writing a New HBO Pilot & Book

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Issa Rae stops by ESSENCE: Photo Michael Rowe
Issa Rae
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Heres what we have brewing in our coffee pot: 
  • Issa Rae is back at it again. According to Huffington Post, she is writing a new pilot for HBO and a book. "I'm writing an HBO pilot. We just turned that in, so we're waiting on notes. And I'm always working on a web series," she shared with the Huffington Post. She would not go into detail on the subject of the book but did share that it has been a challenge. "I'm writing a book right now that is the bane of my existence because it's so freaking hard," said Rae. On top of writing, acting and producing, you can also catch Issa Rae hosting daytime TV talk show, Exhale. [HuffingtonPost]
  • Keke Palmer and Blair Underwood are set to join the cast of the Broadway play turned Lifetime movie, A Trip To Bountiful. The movie also stars Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams. Filming will begin this month in Atlanta and is directed by Michael Wilson, who also directed the play. [MadameNoire]
  • Jay-Z is being investigated by the Major League Baseball Association for unethical practices after purchasing a $34,000 Hublot watch for client Robinson Cano, second baseman for the New York Yankees. If Jay-Z is found to be in violation of the MLB rules it is said that a minor disciplinary action could be taken. [TheUrbanDaily]
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