Breakout Stars of 2012

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  • Ava DuVernay
  • Omari Hardwick
  • Issa Rae
  • Da'Vine Joy Randolph
  • Jay Pharoah
  • Kevin Hart
  • David Oyelowo
  • Adepero Oduye
  • Emayatzy Corinealdi
  • Norm Lewis

Issa Rae

Issa Rae’s breakout webseries Awkward Black Girl debuted in 2011, but its cult following thanks to social media, word of mouth and fans in high places (Pharrell Williams), helped the show become an online phenomenon. Now, the TV world has taken notice. Rae inked a deal with Shonda Rhimes and ABC to develop a new series, I Hate L.A. Dudes.

(Photo: Isaac Matthew White)

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