Issa Rae To Receive 2022 PGA Visionary Award
Sarah Morris/Getty Images

Issa Rae To Receive 2022 PGA Visionary Award

The multi-hyphenate's star continues to shine brighter and brighter.

Issa Rae

Issa Rae’s star continues to shine brighter and brighter. The genius behind Emmy-nominated television seriesInsecureand web series Awkward Black Girl will be receiving the 2022 Producers Guild of America (PGA) Visionary Award. PGA’s presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher made a statement about choosing the actress as the next recipient of the prestigious award. “Issa makes us excited for the future of television,” the statement said.

“With her series Insecure, she achieved the highest levels of comedy, perspective, and performance possible, and her sharp wit and distinct voice will undoubtedly continue to drive quality entertainment featuring underrepresented voices.”

“Beyond Issa’s prolific work, she is a role model and inspiration to the next generation of creatives through her mentorship programs like ColorCreative, and more recently, ‘Project Greenlight.’ We are thrilled to honor Issa this year.”

Issa is in good company as past recipients include Kenya Barris, Octavia Spencer, Ava DuVernay, and more. Issa’s series Insecure is what made the Los Angeles native a household name, but she has gone on to star in other projects such as The Photograph, Netflix film The LoveBirds and she executive produced the HBO reality show Sweet Life: Los Angeles.

After ending her beloved series, she is now working on Rap Sh*t, which is a new HBO show that is about two former high school friends who reunite and try to make it in the rap industry. However, the 37-year-old actress is also making moves outside of the entertainment industry while staying true to her creativeness. Check out these moves below:


Between the weekend of Feb. 12-14, Insecure fans can live like Issa’s character. The writer and producer became an Airbnb host in honor of the Super Bowl being in L.A. “I became an Airbnb Host to create a stay where fans of the show can experience this for themselves. From dinner by Worldwide Tacos on game day to art from my favorite local artists on the walls – this is LA, my way,” Issa said. Guests will also enjoy panoramic views of the city and pamper themselves with haircare products from Issa’s line Sienna Naturals.

Sienna Naturals

Issa co-created haircare line Sienna Naturals with Hannah Diop, which is a line that according to the website is free of products are always free of harsh sulfates, parabens, silicones, phthalates, petroleum, mineral oil, formaldehyde, artificial fragrances, and dyes. “I think ingredients are so important, specifically thinking about how the past products that I've used have all been primarily focused on styling. I think, for me, it's been getting to the root of taking care of your hair, making sure that your scalp is healthy, [knowing the] ingredients, and making sure that you're not manipulating your existing texture or the existing oils in your scalp,” Issa toldAllure.

Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen

In Aug. 2019, Issa partnered with Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen owners Ajay Relan and Yonnie Hagos to open a second location in Inglewood. Issa made an Instagram video about the news and shared how excited she was to open a coffee shop in her neighborhood. “Coffee shops facilitate productivity in so many ways, they facilitate collaboration. I personally have done all of my writing in coffee shops. So it always disappointed me that there weren’t any that were Black-owned, people of color-owned in my neighborhood.”

Featured image by Sarah Morris/Getty Images

Black woman with an afro and tube top laughing

If you have been on social media for any significant amount of time this year you may have come across women saying that they are in their “villain era.” For these women, being a villain means embracing the negativity and judgment from others that comes when you say “no” to people, and living your life unapologetically. For them, being a villain means letting the chips fall where they may when you no longer allow other people’s ideas about you to restrict you from living the life that you want and deserve.

Keep reading...Show less
The daily empowerment fix you need.
Make things inbox official.
Niecy Nash Says Her Relationship With Jessica Betts Is The First Time She Has Felt 'Fully Seen'

When Niecy Nash-Betts announced she was married to musician Jessica Betts, many people were surprised. The Emmy-nominated actress has a history of dating only men and was even married twice prior to meeting her wife. However, Niecy has become an example of the saying “love is love” and she and Jessica have been open about their relationship ever since.

Keep reading...Show less
How Each Of The Zodiac Signs Get Over A Break-Up

Have you ever wondered how some people tend to get over breakups easily, and others have more of a difficult time? The zodiac signs are always telling a story, and the story of love is written in the stars. Some signs naturally follow their emotions more and live by the heart. Others signs focus on balancing their head with their heart and can rationalize this type of change in their life, such as a breakup. People get over breakups in their own way and in their own time, but wouldn’t it be nice to understand more about how you process this experience yourself, or how someone you know or have been involved with gets over a breakup?

Keep reading...Show less
Hulu Series ‘Reasonable Doubt’ Will Be Your New Obsession

Raamla Mohamed created Hulu's latest series centering Black women, Reasonable Doubt. And we love anything created by a Black woman for Black women.

Keep reading...Show less
'Abbott Elementary' Proves That TV Can Build Community

The first time I thought about how art could be a form of community building was with HBO’s Insecure. The dearly departed comedy series created and starring Issa Rae provided audiences with more than just weekly laughs over the course of five years, but it also created space for other Black artists and entrepreneurs to thrive-- from all the Black businesses that the show has collaborated with to the Black music artists that the show has put audiences onto. It even created opportunities within entertainment journalism for many up and coming Black journalists who got their start by reviewing the show or hosting after shows unpacking the mess that went on in the episode.

Keep reading...Show less
Exclusive Interviews
Latest Posts