Issa Rae Speaks On Her ‘Rap Shit’ Show Going Off Air

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Issa Rae is pointing out how black-centered TV shows are being taken off the air following the end of her ‘Rap Shit’ show. After two successful seasons, HBO announced that it was coming to an end. Here’s what Rae thinks.

HBO Says Issa Rae’s ‘Rap Shit’ Had Run Its Course

Issa Rae grew her brand from YouTube, where she ran a channel promoting the series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.” Through hard work, consistency, and dedication, she produced her first TV series titled “Insecure.”

After the HBO series ended, Issa moved on to the comedy series ‘Rap Shit.’ Throughout its run, fans witnessed the struggles of two friends, Aida Osman (Shawna) and KaMillion (Mia), as they tried to make a name for themselves as notable Miami rappers.

Earlier this month, The Hollywood Reporter announced HBO’s decision. The Warner Bros. Discovery streamer left Issa with a heart full of appreciation while acknowledging her creativity. Their statement read:

“We are extremely grateful to Issa Rae for creating Rap Sh!t, a one-of-a-kind comedy with compelling social commentary that reached viewers in a way only Issa’s talents can accomplish. We’ll never get ‘Seduce and Scheme’ out of our heads, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Issa Rae Theorizes Possible Racism

During an interview, the series creators emphasized that black-centered shows were being taken off the air. In her words:

“You’re seeing so many Black shows get canceled, you’re seeing so many executives – especially on the DEI side – get canned. You’re seeing very clearly now that our stories are less of a priority. I am pessimistic because there’s no one holding anybody accountable – and I can, sure, but also at what cost? I can’t force you to make my stuff. It’s made me take more steps to try to be independent down the line if I have to.”

Despite the hurdles in her way, the 39-year-old is not willing to give up. She talked to The Jasmine Brand about her upcoming projects. One will be done solely by herself, while the other will require collaboration with other people. Issa did not reveal the names of the projects, but she assured that they have left her “inspired” and “excited.”

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