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You've likely already heard of Issa Rae, who's become the poster child for D.I.Y. Internet success. The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl offers an image of black femininity that's different from those stereotypically portrayed in the media. Rae's character, J, is neither smooth nor quick-witted—like most of us, she's socially uncomfortable and just trying to get by.

What began as an idea that struck Rae while she was working a day job at a theatre turned into a massively successful Kickstarter campaign that earned almost $60,000. Her message has continued to resonate, generating a strong buzz that continues to grow: prime-time soap giant Shonda Rhimes recently helped Rae sell a pilot called I Hate LA Dudes, which we hope hits TV soon.