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Issa Rae Opens Up About Gaining 'New Money Weight' & Her Self-Esteem

Issa Rae is on the cover of Women’s Health‘s April 2019 issue, out now.

Here’s what the 34-year-old Insecure star had to say…

On the “new money weight” she gained after finding success with her YouTube Web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl: “When the web series started, I was very, very broke. Then more opportunities began to come. I was gaining New Money Weight. When you get a new job, you’re like, ‘I can afford to eat at restaurants all the time!’ That adds up in weight.”

On when weight began to mess with her self-esteem: “Time to work out is so limited, but when I first started seeing myself on TV, I was like, ‘I gotta make time.’”

On daily exercise not coming naturally: “I was a big excuse person when it came to exercising and eating right. I’d have spurts of trying to work out and be good. Then once I fell off, I’d be like, ‘Well, there’s always next year. Let me make it my New Year’s revolution.’ But even then, I would still be eating wrong while exercising vigorously.”

On accidentally discovering how exercise helps her mental well-being: “You know those earbuds that you put in your ears? I was running, and one fell. It was dark outside and I couldn’t find it. So I was just forced to be alone with my thoughts, and I was like, ‘Oh, I need to do this more often.’ Those moments are the most creative. I think finding those moments while also nurturing your body is important.”

For more from Isa, head to WomensHealthMag.com.

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Kumail Nanjiani & Issa Rae Teaming Up for Upcoming Rom-Com

Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae are set to star in an upcoming romantic comedy movie titled The Lovebirds!

The movie will be directed by Michael Showalter who directed Kumail‘s 2017 hit film The Big Sick.

The Lovebirds follows “a couple (Nanjiani and Rae) on the brink of a breakup. The pair subsequently become embroiled in a bizarre and hijinks-filled murder mystery, and as they get close to clearing their names and solving the case, the twosome need to figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night,” according to THR.

Kumail, Issa, and Michael are all serving as executive producers on the movie.

Nominees Issa Rae & Betty Gilpin Stun on the Red Carpet at Critics' Choice Awards 2019!

Issa Rae and Betty Gilpin look fabulously chic!

The 34-year-old Insecure actress and the 32-year-old Glow actress hit the red carpet at the 2019 Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday (January 13) at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.

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Issa is nominated for Best Actress, and Betty is nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

Make sure to tune in TONIGHT for the Critics’ Choice Awards, which will air on The CW at 7pm EST. The show honors the best in both movies and television.

FYI: Issa is wearing an Aliétte by Jason Rembert dress, Tamara Mellon shoes and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. Betty is wearing a JMendel dress, Kurt Geiger shoes and APM Monaco jewelry.

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Jaden Smith Discusses His Plan to Aid Flint Water Crisis

Jaden Smith is opening up about his plan to help bring clean water to people around the world.

The 20-year-old rapper and activist spoke at the 2019 WeWork Global Summit held at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday (January 9) in Downtown Los Angeles.

The WeWork Global Summit programming includes conversations and panel discussions with creators, innovators, experts and leaders from various industries, each with their own unique stories and insights.

Jaden spoke about Just Impact, his environmentally-inclined non-profit funded by his brand JUST Water, and their initiative concerning the water crisis in Flint, Mich.

“We’re running a pilot program in Flint, Michigan, where we are putting in a reverse osmosis filtration system that is going to be able to purify 10 gallons of water every 60 seconds,” Jaden explained. “In Flint, they continue to use 3 million bottles of water every year. Instead of having to outsource (all that water), we said, ‘let’s create something for you here where you can pump your own clean water, in your community.’ I’d been seeing them struggle for so long, and I asked ‘why isn’t someone doing something about this’. Ultimately, what I’m trying to do is to help people around the world.”

Also in attendance were Issa Rae, Adam Rippon, and Lilly Singh.

15+ pictures inside of Jaden Smith and more at the event… More Here! »

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Issa Rae Soaks Up the Sun With Samsung at Art Basel!

Issa Rae is teaming up with Samsung at Art Basel!

The 33-year-old actress stepped out for Samsung /make Creators Brunch on Friday afternoon (December 7) in Miami, Fla.

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Issa looked chic in a silk, lilac suit at the beach side gathering.

The brunch brought together a group of creators including YouTuber Connor Franta and videographer Alfredo Flores.

During the afternoon, the group shared Samsung’s message that anyone can be a creator and all they need is an idea and a smartphone.

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Issa Rae Receives Vanguard Award from the Hollywood Chamber!

Issa Rae happily strikes a pose while attending The Hollywood Chamber’s 2018 State Of The Entertainment Industry Conference presented By Variety at the Loews Hollywood Hotel on Thursday (November 15) in Hollywood.

The 33-year-old Emmy nominee received the first-ever Vanguard Award during the ceremony where some of film, television, music and tech’s biggest influencers gathered.

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Issa was followed by James Corden as he introduced music-industry executives Lucian Grainge and Irving Azoff, who spoke with the CBS late-night host about the business as well as their longstanding friendship.

FYI: Issa is wearing an Altuzarra dress and Le Vian diamond hoop earrings.

10+ pictures inside of Issa Rae and James Corden at the ceremony…More Here! »

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