Issa Rae Does More Than Talk About an Inclusive Entertainment Industry—She Builds It

Adweek and Adcolor's 2022 Beacon Award winner has always had DEI in her DNA

In June, at a packed theater in the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès—the epicenter of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity—producer, writer, actress and entrepreneur Issa Rae sat across from Ogilvy global chief creative officer Liz Taylor. Poised and endearing, the Insecure creator was there to chat about bias in advertising and media.

As an in-demand creative who has turned various projects into major opportunities for marginalized talent to work in show business, Rae—who last December concluded her hit HBO comedy Insecure (which she co-created and starred in)—is uniquely suited to carry these conversations in any forum.



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This story first appeared in the Sept. 26, 2022, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.