Issa Rae

Rae in 2015, photo by kathclick/www.bigstockphoto.com/

Birth Name: Jo-Issa Rae Diop

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 12, 1985

Ethnicity:
*Senegalese (father)
*African-American (mother)

Issa Rae is an American actress, writer, director, producer, and web series creator. She is known as the creator of web series Awkward Black Girl, and a star of the film Little.

Issa is the daughter of Delyna (Hayward) and Abdoulaye Diop. Issa’s father is from Senegal. Issa’s mother is American, from Louisiana, and is African-American. Issa was raised in California, Maryland, and Dakar, Senegal.

Her name, Jo-Issa, is a combination of her grandmothers’ names, Joyce and Isseu.

Issa’s maternal grandparents were named Ralph Hayward and Joyce.

Sources: http://www.theguardian.com

Obituary of Issa’s aunt (mother’s sister) – http://www.findagrave.com

1 Response

  1. andrew says:

    I know plenty of Senegalese people named “Diop” (or Diouf)

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