22 Self-Made Women Who Are The Literal Definition Of Black Girl Magic

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Issa Rae, Actor/Writer/Director

Issa Rae, Actor/Writer/Director

Issa Rae premiered her very own HBO original series, Insecure, last year to much fanfare and to many a “yaaass.” The show was well-received for its relatability, hilarity, awkwardness, and overall realness. Issa's hard work paid off in the form of a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series – Musical or Comedy. HBO green-lit Insecure's second season and fans are waiting with bated breath.

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Melina Matsoukas, Music Video Director

Melina Matsoukas, Music Video Director

Melina Matsoukas directed the videos for Beyoncé's “Formation,” Rihanna's “We Found Love,” and a host of other popular mega-hits. When she's not bringing music to life, the two-time Grammy winner is directing popular TV commercials.

Matsoukas also served as executive producer on Insecure with Issa Rae, proving that her talent for music videos translates perfectly to the small screen.

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Yara Shahidi, Actor/Model

Seventeen-year-old Yara Shahidi plays the role of Zoey on Blackish. The show has had a whirlwind of a year, receiving award nominations and accolades. Shahidi also recently signed a modeling deal with New York Women's Management with the focus of helping spread the notion of diversity. She told Vogue last year, “I think it is part of our duty as content creators and people within the entertainment industry to challenge stereotypes.”

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