American actress, writer, director, producer and web series creator. As of October 2016, Rae is the creator, co-writer and star of the HBO series The misadventures of an awkward black girl pdf, which is partially based on Awkward Black Girl.
Rae was born in Los Angeles, California. Rae’s parents met in France, when they were both in school. The family lived in Dakar, Senegal for a short period during her childhood. Her father has a medical practice in Inglewood, California.
As a child, Rae lived in Potomac, Maryland, where she grew up with “things that aren’t considered ‘black,’ like the swim team and street hockey and Passover dinners with Jewish best friends. When she was in sixth grade, her family moved to the affluent View Park-Windsor Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles where she attended a predominantly black middle school where Rae said she was “berated for ‘acting white'” and initially found it difficult to “fit into this ‘blackness’ I was supposed to be.
Rae graduated from King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science, where she started acting. Her parents divorced when she was in high school.
In 2007, Rae graduated from Stanford University with a major in African and African-American Studies. As a college student, she made music videos, wrote and directed plays, and created a mock reality series called Dorm Diaries for fun. At Stanford, Rae met Tracy Oliver, who helped produce Awkward Black Girl and starred on the show as Nina.