Issa Rae Credits Obama With Inspiring Hollywood to Empower More Black Show Runners NAACP Awards 2021

NAACP Image Awards winner Issa Rae discusses the history and success of “Insecure” after her win. When asked about the recent shift to empower and employ more Black show runners, Rae attributed President Barack Obama with some of that influence.

“In the abstract, I always credit the Obama-era. I feel like that in the way that Hollywood is influenced by the culture and politics in a way. I think that seeing a Black man in the White House and a Black family triggered something in studio heads where they were like just like, ‘Let’s make more content that caters to Black people.’ I feel like that indirectly translated into making sure that we had more representation on screen. And then, of course ,with the success of shows like ‘Scandal’ and ‘Black-ish.’ There was more of a hunger for our stories. It was a rare time where Hollywood was in step with what Black culture wanted to see, what we have been demanding for years. Since then things have changed.”

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