32 Issa Rae Quotes That'll Make You Feel a Little Less 'Insecure'

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Fierce Quotes By Issa Rae

Issa Rae is revolutionizing what it means to be a black woman in America with her HBO series, Insecure. Her empowering quotes demonstrate how successful she's become in a world that isn't so kind. What began as a YouTube series about her jokes and relatable stories has transformed into a wildly popular TV show.

This woman knows what it means to break barriers and stereotypes. Issa stands tall and proud as a symbol for the black community, as well as women everywhere. Her quotes remind us how crucial it is to be comfortable in our own skin. Issa preaches that once you can do that, you will blossom.

Issa Rae won't stop until she's changed the world. She's a published author, in addition to the executive producer, writer, and star of her own show. And the best news is that she's only getting started. Issa will continue to thrive, but for now, check out the wisdom she's already brought us.

These Quotes Are Why We Love Issa Rae

  • "The very definition of 'blackness' is as broad as that of 'whiteness,' yet we're seemingly always trying to find a specific, limited definition."

  • "I never really had to put much thought into my race, and neither did anybody else. I knew I was black. I knew there was a history that accompanied my skin color, and my parents taught me to be proud of it. End of story."

  • "I thrive on obstacles. If I'm told that it can't be told, then I push harder."

  • "Black and awkward is the worst, because black people are stereotyped as being anything but awkward in mainstream media... Black people are always portrayed to be cool or overly dramatic, anything but awkward."

  • "My first web series, 'Dorm Diaries,' was a realistic mockumentary about what it was like to be black at Stanford University. I'm black and I went to Stanford. Boom. Easy."

  • "There's so many, 'no, black people aren't like that' barriers in mainstream media."

  • "Who I was was not acceptable to black L.A. youth: the way I spoke and my sense of humor. Everybody else had relaxers and pressed hair. I wore my hair in an Afro puff. Nappy. The way I dressed. It was all about name brands at the time in L.A. I had no idea. All those things, I failed miserably at."

  • "Respectfully, 'Awkward Black Girl' was never meant to be politically correct. We poke fun at ignorance."

Unstoppable Issa Rae Quotes

  • "I'll stick to finding the funny in the ordinary because my life is pretty ordinary and so are the lives of my friends - and my friends are hilarious."

  • "Mainstream media has convinced people that black people aren't relatable. So when a Jewish person comes up to me and is all, 'Oh man, I love that one scene from Episode 3, I watch it over and over again,' I'm so happy. Because that's what I want."

  • "The web presents an opportunity to showcase any character your sick mind desires. Want to create a cross-dressing, deaf/mute, corrupt politician who has a soft spot for saving children? Go for it!"

  • "The black characters on TV are the sidekicks, or they're insignificant. You could put all the black sidekicks on one show, and it would be the most boring, one-dimensional show ever. Even look at the black women on 'Community' and 'Parks and Recreation' - they are the archetype of the large black women on television. Snide and sassy."

  • "Every time I'm recognized in public, I'm super grateful and appreciative, but I also get hot and nervous."

  • "I think that television and the web are fusing anyway, so I think that ultimately whatever I do, I'm going to blend the two forms."

  • "It's a bit cliche, but you can't go wrong by writing what you know. Even if you're a horrible writer, your own knowledge and experience is unrivaled. Nobody knows what you know like you know what you know. The way you see things is pretty unique."

  • "It's one thing when other African-Americans try to threaten my race card, but when people outside of my ethnicity have the audacity to question how 'down' I am because of the bleak, stereotypical picture pop culture has painted for me as a black woman? Unacceptable."

Never Back Down With These Quotes By Issa Rae

  • "As a teenager, my blackness was also questioned by some of the life choices I made that weren't considered to be 'black' choices. For example, joining the swim team when it is a known fact that 'black folk don't swim'; or choosing to become a vegetarian when blacks clearly love chicken."

  • "Once you're coming up with ways that you can't do something, you're not gonna do it."

  • "It was jarring to be berated for 'acting white' when I was placed in a predominantly black middle school in Southern California. I was also chubby, into boys who weren't into me, and tried too hard to fit into this 'blackness' I was supposed to be."

  • "People are tired of mainstream media's limited and confined portrayal of people of color."

  • "Part of the allure of watching characters on-screen is to be able to put yourself in his or her shoes or to be able to relate to what he or she is going through or what he or she is thinking."

  • "I don't like to be overexposed. Too many articles, too many tweets, too many posts, I just don't like that. But at the same time, we live in a culture where that's almost necessary. People want content and they want their stuff when they want it."

  • "Growing up as a young black girl in Potomac, Maryland was easy. I had a Rainbow Coalition of friends of all ethnicities, and we would carelessly skip around our elementary school like the powerless version of Captain Planet's Planeteers."

  • "If a company is only as good as its weakest employee, then what does that say about you and the job you hold?"

Inspirational Issa Rae Quotes

  • "Diversity is still a huge issue. We need more people of color in positions of power to green light content. If you want to see content of color, then it has to be in the hands of people of color."

  • "The Internet has provided small communities for racism online, and people feel free to do it. Ultimately, there should be some consequence - if you promote your racism online then there should be a consequence."

  • "Stop trying so hard to be someone you're not."

  • "I really want to be the black Tina Fey, where I just am able to produce my own content and produce other content for other minority filmmakers and put their voices on screen and basically be able to have free range to produce."

  • "Don't misunderstand me; I don't want to die alone, but spending quality time with myself 60 to 70 percent of the day is my idea of mecca."

  • "The advantages of black hair are infinite."

  • "How hard is it to portray a three-dimensional woman of color on television or in film? I'm surrounded by them. They're my friends. I talk to them every day. How come Hollywood won't acknowledge us? Are we a joke to them? Now, having been in the industry for a couple of years, I'm not entirely sure it's blatant racism, as I had once assumed. It's more complicated than that."

  • "Why don't people understand that nobody wants to hear what they should have done when something has already happened?"

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