Issa Rae

Rae in 2015, photo by kathclick/

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, and a star of the films Little and The Photograph.

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. Her middle name Rae is after an artist aunt.

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


Obituary of Issa’s aunt (mother’s sister) –

2 Responses

  1. Mixed Kidd says:

    uhh she does? Lol but however, Sénégal is one of the few Muslim countries in West Africa so it’s possible she might have Muslim family members from her sénégalaise side

  2. andrew says:

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

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