Issa Rae

by stlucas on November 13, 2017

Birth Name: Jo-Issa Rae Diop

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 12, 1985

*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.

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 Ralph Hayward and Joyce.


Obituary of Issa’s aunt (mother’s sister), Rae Louise Hayward –

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andrew November 14, 2017 at 5:47 am

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

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