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With her hit HBO show, Insecure, Rae gives a refreshingly real look at how modern Black women navigate their personal and professional worlds. She also shines a hilarious light on important narratives missing from today’s popular culture lexicon. 

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The creative opened up to ESSENCE about her intimate series that's already featured famous friends like Ava DuVernay and Lena Waithe. 

Danielle Kwateng-Clark
May, 16, 2017

Aside from being incredibly talented, one of our favorite things about Issa Rae is how transparent she is about filmmaking.

And as a way of getting insight into the minds of some of Black Hollywood's most successful, the Insecure creator recently launched "A SIP."

"We want to bring creatives we admire to South L.A., Inglewood in particular," she told ESSENCE about the discussion series that has guests sitting on stage talking to her about their craft. 

"The setting is intimate and private and I believe allows for an honest and real conversation between myself and the guest. So many of our audience members are at a crossroads professionally and need/want to hear from someone who was once in their shoes."

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Since YouTube is where Issa's career first flourished, it makes perfect sense for her to use the platform to share and inform her fans. And it doesn't hurt that her line-up of guests are heavy-hitters in Hollywood, including a fresh Oscar winner. 

"We've been fortunate enough to have some amazing people participate already [such as] Melina Matsoukas, Kenya Barris, Lena Waithe, Ava DuVernay," she says. "We're looking forward to our next one with Barry Jenkins."

Issa, as if we couldn't love you any more.