In an evening full of inspiring speeches, Issa Rae's acceptance speech for the Emerging Entrepreneur Award at the Women in Film Gala took the cake. Taking a queue from hip-hop legends that are never humble, Rae took the time to talk her sh*t, and the result was hilarious:
To her managers at 3Arts Management, she said, "Y'all ain't sh*t." To HBO's Chief Programming Officer Casey Bloys and HBO SVP of Programming Amy Gravitt, she said, "Keep running me my money, please and thank you." And finally, "to everybody who claims to have helped me get here: okay, and? So, in conclusion, entrepreneur til I die, I deserve this, bye!" Attendee Tara Bitran filmed the speech and posted it on Twitter shortly afterward:
“Entrepreneur till I die. I deserve this. Bye.” Honored with the Emerging Entrepreneur in Entertainment award at the #WIFGala tonight, Issa Rae went line by line in her hilarious and TRUE acceptance speech owning her worth. As she should! @WomenInFilm pic.twitter.com/twX50Nj9rv
— Tara Bitran (@tarabitran) June 13, 2019
Executive Producer of Dear White People Stephaine Allain presented Rae with the award and the gala was hosted by The Mindy Project star and funnywoman in her own right, Xosha Roquemore. Viola Davis presented the Crystal Award for Advocacy in Entertainment, and filmmakers Hanelle M. Culpepper and Tina Mabry were among the inaugural class of WIF's Reframe Rise Directors. Actresses Retta and Melanie Liburd cheered Rae on in the audience.