Cultured Magazine is celebrating the sustained success of director, actor, producer, and beautiful producer Issa Rae, for its second annual film issue.

For the cover photographed by Jason Rembert, Issa rocks a green Balenciaga leather gown and rocks her hair in a natural updo with green eyeshadow to complete her beauty look.

Read excerpts from her interview below

Being a black woman in Hollywood
I’m always thinking about the fact that as a performer and someone on screen, I have a very limited window. As a woman, as a Black person, there’s only so long that people are going to want to see me. If I’m lucky, I can have a Denzel career or a Phylicia Rashad career or Debbie Allen-type career, but that’s not always the case.

On this modern era of representation in TV and Film
Oh, did y’all hire me to be your Black face? Are you awarding me, because you want to say that you’re thinking about Black women?. I have seen the narrative that I want to make content for white people. Any suggestion that I’d be pleased that I have any kind of white acceptance—and that that is what’s necessary to succeed—irks me.

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Photography: @renellaice
Styling: @jasonrembert
Makeup: @joannasimkin
Hair: @lovingyourhair
Set Design: @wolfspeaks