Birth Name: Jo-Issa Rae Diop
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: January 12, 1985
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.
Obituary of Issa’s aunt (mother’s sister) – http://www.findagrave.com