Issa Rae Is Producing a New HBO Documentary on the Legacy of Black Television


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Issa Rae is booked and busy.

The star and co-creator of Insecure is teaming up with HBO again, this time to executive-produce a documentary called Seen & Heard, Variety reported. The two-part doc will focus on the history and legacy of Black television, with those who wrote, produced, conceptualized, and starred in some of culture’s most beloved Black entertainment sharing what it was like to watch the Black experience play out on television over the decades. Phil Bertelsen, who helmed the docuseries Who Killed Malcolm X?, will direct the project.

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“Black people have such a rich, but often unacknowledged history in Hollywood,” said Rae, per the outlet. “We have defined American culture and influenced generations time and time again across the globe. I’m honored to pair with Ark Media to center and celebrate the achievements of those who paved a way for so many of us to tell our stories on television.”

Seen & Heard is just one of a slew of upcoming projects expected from Rae in the next few years. In addition to the doc, Rae is set to work on a new film with acclaimed writer-director Jordan Peele and star in the new quarantine-inspired miniseries Coastal Elites. She is also currently gearing up for the 2020 Emmy Awards, for which Insecure has scored an astounding eight nominations.

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