‘Awkward Black Girl’ Creator Issa Rae On Shorty Award Win And Online Racism
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

"Awkward Black Girl" creator Issa Rae was all smiles during her BlackEnterprise.com interview (Image: Brain Food Film)

After beating out numerous other web series to win the 2012 Shorty Award for Best Web Show in March, Issa Rae took to Facebook and Twitter to announce the big win. Within minutes, producers and fans of two of the other nominated shows, as well as hashtag bandwagoners began bashing The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl on Twitter. Several commenters took the virtual belittling to the next level, not only downgrading the quality of the web series, but spewing racial epithets and making light of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin. Rae spoke to BlackEnterprise.com about her Shorty Award win, the racist comments and why ABG haters are her motivators.

(Produced by Janel Martinez; Videography and editing by Brain Food Film)

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Janel Martinez

With a focus on news and the under 35 crowd, Martinez develops engaging, daily reports for BlackEnterprise.com. She also pens the blog, After School Daze: Life After Undergrad, where she delves into the day-to-day issues and concerns of recent graduates trying to adapt to life off campus. Prior to Black Enterprise, the Bronx, N.Y. native contributed to Latina, Latina.com, Honeymag.com, Syracuse Record and The Post-Standard. When she's not writing articles, the self-proclaimed travelista is on the prowl for her next excursion.   Martinez holds a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism and sociology from Syracuse University.


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