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The next book I get will be Issa Rae’s The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. I heard her story of launching a web series, entitled Awkward Black Girl in honor of her book and according to the numbers it did ridiculously well. So well that the great Pharrell Williams caught wind of it and promoted it on his i am OTHER channel on Youtube. The entire world is aware of who Pharrell is on all platforms worth speaking about, so to have his names involvement in anything is a goldmine. Following her impeccable web series came hard work and HBO’s hottest new show Insecure, written, produced, directed and starring beautiful creator Issa Rae. The glo- up that has happened in this woman’s life is beyond inspiring. And if you’re not inspired, you’re a hater! Issa has gone so far as to have a Golden Globe nomination, an arena that’s not built or fond of the darker skinned. But even in Hollywood, you can’t fake on talent.

Reading up on her as I’ve done for days really brought me back to my center and made it just that pertinent that I keep pursuing my own dream. After finding an article on her in the Chicago Tribune, I knew then that Issa was here, in Hollywood and all black women’s lives, to stay. She gave some really great gems in her article and it took me to different place with my execution. Issa gave the world the flow of vulnerability. She made it perfectly plausible to be yourself. Those who don’t like it will have to find something else to be upset about. In the interview she gave the Chicago Tribune ,she speaks on how she doesn’t believe in the fame that people are claiming she’s acquired. “I think fame is dead,” she says. “Everything is sort of temporary. There is temporary fame, and I feel like I have temporary fame during a specific season, but I think the era of movie stardom only exists for the older crowds. The George Clooneys and Brad Pitt’s and Angelina Jolie’s and for music stars. But for television, I just don’t feel the same way, because it is so flighty, and there is so much happening at the moment.” (Geoff Edgers, Chicago Tribune)

Issa’s authenticity is what sets her apart from the rest of the television world. She’s not pressed behind Oprah’s success and she’s not looking to overshadow Ava Duvernay. She recognizes her lane and she’s not stingy with it. Earlier this year her company, Color Creative TV and Adaptive Studios held a contest for what they called “emerging and diverse writers”. I found the contest via Twitter of course best friend and I entered it. It was exhilarating to find something like that and know that someone that came from the same humble beginnings like I did would offer something so gracious. Neither or us won the contest, but to be have the opportunity meant there was more to come. From the announcement: “We’re looking for underrepresented voices in media. If you feel like you have a point of view that’s rare in the entertainment world, then here’s your chance to speak up! Three winning writers will be partnered with a seasoned showrunner, director and line producer to create a digital anthology series. Each of the three winning writers will receive a $5,000 prize; one of the winning writer’s pitches will be selected for development.”

Those prizes alone have changed the lives of whoever won the contest, I’m certain. Watching Issa make her mark in this world is motivational. With all of the writing I do and really want to get out into the world it makes me so happy to see physical proof that it is indeed possible. I have dreams of publishing all of my art, turning it into a web series and prayerfully something as wanderlust as Starz or HBO picks it up and I’m able to help just as Issa has.
Dear Issa, if you ever read this, thank you.

With Love,

Storie Stone

The Storie Will Be Televised

B R I L L I A N T. Successful Project Product. Proud Black Sheep and all around Thoroughbred. 26. Planted in Chicago,IL | Blossomed in Atlanta, GA

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