Q&A: Issa Rae on HBO, the Struggle to Create Awkward Black Girl and the Current Political Climate

'This show lived because of the Obama administration'

Issa Rae, the creator, star and executive producer of HBO’s Insecure, graced the cover of Adweek’s Young Influentials issue this week and spoke about her career trajectory and what she’d like to conquer next. (Spoiler alert: She wants to have her own empire.) But Rae covered so much more in our interview—discussing HBO’s commitment to the show, transitioning from creating on her own dime to working with a network, sex scenes, the current political climate and more. Here are some of the most interesting moments from our interview that didn’t make it into the feature: