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Issa Rae’s ‘Awkward Black Girl’ Misadventures Take Book Form

'The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl' by Issa Rae, Out February 10, 2015

‘The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl’ by Issa Rae, Out February 10, 2015

Actress, writer, director and producer Issa Rae will soon make her book debut with a collection of essays named after her Shorty Award–winning hit series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.

The book is filled with a myriad of awkwardness, include cybersexing, deflecting unsolicited comments on weight gain, eating out alone, public displays of affection and learning to accept yourself. Check out the trailer below.

Issa has built onto the success of Awkward Black Girl, creating The “F” Word — an award-winning mockumentary comedy about a rap group, RoomieLoverFriends — a series on what happens when roommates sleep together, Ratchetpiece Theater — a vlog on Issa’s “favorite ratchetly ignorant songs,” and The Choir — a dramedy that follows a choir trying to rebuild their church’s congregation.

Under Issa Rae Productions and Color Creative, she has also thrown her support behind other talented creators of color.

Projects include:

  • Andrea Lewis‘ BLACK Actress, a series focused on black women in Hollywood
  • Marc A. Cunningham‘s How Men Become Dogs, a comedy on three good men who decide to become womanizers
  • Leslie Robinson‘s Let Leslie Tell It, a hilarious take on pop culture
  • Seth Brundle and Leslie’s cooking show Butter + Brown
  • Jahmela Biggs’ Firsta modern Love Jones series

Despite all of that, the Issa Rae reign is just in its beginning stages, and it won’t stop at web productions. She has developed a television series with Shonda Rhimes for ABC, is currently developing a half-hour comedy for HBO with Larry Wilmore, and is preparing Awkward Black Girl for a film adaptation.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl will hit bookstores on February 10th via Simon & Schuste. You can pre-order at and further support Issa’s Color Creative initiative at