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Issa Rae: “We’re Really Out Here Winning”

After her longtime gig Insecure came to an end last year, Issa Rae didn’t miss a beat in launching the next phase of her career. With a five-year overall deal with WarnerMedia, Rae, via her Hoorae production company, created and executive produced HBO Max comedy Rap Sh!t and is developing a revival of docuseries Project […]

Issa Rae’s Hoorae Media, Walmart Team for Emerging Black Talent Incubator  

Issa Rae’s HOORAE media banner and Walmart are partnering for a new program to incubate emerging Black talent to become next-generation content creators. Rae, co-creator and star of Insecure, is spearheading the inaugural Black & Unlimited Digital Development program to offer next-generation Black content creators courses and mentorship with top industry professionals. “HOORAE is proud to […]

Emmys: The Hollywood Reporter’s Critics Break Down the Frontrunners

DANIEL FIENBERG Emmy voters enjoy a good juggernaut. Two years ago, you had Succession, Schitt’s Creek and Watchmen thoroughly dominate the list of winners. Last year, even though Hacks snuck in with a couple of surprising and thoroughly not-surprising wins — all hail Jean Smart — The Crown, Ted Lasso and The Queen’s Gambit had […]

Why Warner Bros. Discovery’s Issues Are Beyond ‘Batgirl’

Months before the Justice Department blessed the $43 billion Warner Bros. Discovery merger, 30 members of Congress warned the agency in a letter that the resulting competition vacuum could allow the newly formed giant to ignore what consumers want. Among the antitrust concerns they pressed was that it could dampen diverse and inclusive programming — which […]

Denise Dowse, Actress in ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ and ‘Insecure,’ Dies at 64

Denise Dowse, the busy character actress who portrayed Vice Principal Yvonne Teasley on Beverly Hills, 90210, Judge Rebecca Damsen on The Guardian and therapist Rhonda Pine on Insecure, has died. She was 64. Dowse’s passing was announced Saturday on her Instagram account by older sister Tracey Dowse, who praised her sibling as “the most amazing sister, a consummate, illustrious […]

Issa Rae, ‘Rap Sh!t’ Team on Exploring Female Rap World: “We Were Enraged and Inspired by This Double Standard”

Insecurity may have been what Issa Rae began building her TV empire on, but her latest offering is anything but. Rap Sh!t, Rae’s latest half-hour comedy series for HBO Max, is a case study in confidence; the show follows two estranged high school friends from Miami who form an unlikely rap group, determined to achieve […]

“It Feels Like Graduation”: ‘THR Presents’ Q&A With Issa Rae and Cast of ‘Insecure’

Five months after the release of the series finale, the cast and creators of Insecure are back together. The group, including series creator and star Issa Rae, showrunner Prentice Penny, and castmembers Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis, Kendrick Sampson, Amanda Seales, and Christina Elmore reunited for a THR Presents conversation (powered by Vision Media) dedicated to the end […]

‘Dopesick,’ ‘Insecure’ Among TV Academy Honors Recipients

The Television Academy has announced the recipients of its 15th Television Academy Honors, recognizing programs and their producers who have used the power of television to fuel social change. The seven programs recognized this year are Black and Missing, Dopesick, Insecure, It’s a Sin, Reservation Dogs, Taste the Nation: Holiday Edition and The Year Earth […]

NAACP Image Awards: ‘The Harder They Fall’ Takes Best Film, Jennifer Hudson Named Entertainer of the Year

The 53rd NAACP Image Awards crowned Jennifer Hudson with its top honor Entertainment of the Year during its telecast on Saturday evening. The show recognized the achievements and performances of people of color across numerous categories including outstanding motion picture, which went to Netflix’s The Harder They Fall. Hudson also took home outstanding actress in […]

Issa Rae Awarded Key to City of Inglewood Ahead of Super Bowl

Issa Rae was bestowed the key to the city of her native Inglewood on Saturday, becoming the first person in its 114-year history to receive the honor. The Insecure star and co-creator appeared at the Taste of Inglewood festival on downtown Market St. to accept the key from Mayor James T. Butts, who dubbed her […]

NAACP Image Awards: ‘Harder They Fall,’ ‘Insecure’ Lead Nominations

The Harder They Fall and Insecure lead the list of nominations for the 2022 NAACP Image Awards, it was announced Tuesday. Jeymes Samuel’s Black Western Netflix movie and Issa Rae’s HBO comedy series, which aired its fifth and final season last year, each scored 12 nominations, with Regina King, who has a significant role in […]

Critic’s Notebook: Saying Goodbye to ‘Insecure’ and Its True Love Story

Issa Rae’s HBO series was stylish and funny, but its complex portrait of a deep, tumultuous friendship between two Black women is its most potent legacy.