The Black Googler Network presents the creators and cast members from The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl in a conversation with Camille Hearst. We also screened some never-before-seen footage.
Issa Rae (“J”): Issa is a producer/director/writer striving to make her mark on the entertainment industry. She received her B.A. from Stanford University, where she produced and directed four theatrical productions, including two stage adaptations of Spike Lee films. Because film was her true passion, she took time off from Stanford to attend the New York Film Academy where she honed her filmmaking skills. Upon graduating, Issa Rae has worked on various music videos and shorts.The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, often referred to as ABG, is Issa Rae’s third web series. It has been featured on several sites and publications, including CNN, Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Vibe and Essence magazine.
Tracy Oliver (“Nina”): A South Carolina native, Tracy Oliver came out west to attend Stanford University. After graduation, she received the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Fellowship. In May 2010, Tracy received her M.F.A. from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. At USC, she wrote and produced the award-winning short film, La Pastisseria, which was accepted into the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. Her script, Marriage is for White People, received critical acclaim from BET and various media outlets. She is currently represented by CAA and Management 360.
Madison T. Shockley, III (“Fred”): A west Los Angeles native, Madison T. Shockley III dreamt of becoming an artist at such a young age that he taught himself how to play the guitar. A field trip to Sony’s recording studio in Santa Monica further cemented his interest in the music industry. Being equally passionate about business, Madison has lead the marketing campaign for a national independent record release and currently owns his own professional recording studio in San Diego. When he is not in the studio, Madison is in Hollywood, networking and developing various entertainment projects.