INGLEWOOD – The community came together on a beautiful Saturday afternoon to celebrate Super Bowl 56 with a three-day concert series in the heart of the city of Inglewood. During the festival, Issa Rae was awarded the first Key to the City in its 114 year history.
Issa Rae’s successful HBO series Insecure, regularly featured Inglewood throughout its five-year run.
Issa thanked her staff, the city for “always making it easy to film”, and the city for their support.
“I’m a little emotional. I’m trying to be a thug right now. The mayor really kind of flabbergasted me in that this is the first key in 114 years, so that’s a huge honor. I just want to thank you all so much for your support — thank you to the mayor, thank you to the city of Inglewood for making it so easy for us to film here, for helping us showcase this city that I love that so much.”
Issa also thanked her family who have roots in Inglewood.
“I have to give love to my grandparents who have lived here, have lived in Briarwood for a long time and who established my first point of view of Inglewood and love the city themselves; my mom and my sister who live here actively and just for being here,” she continued. “I have to give a shout-out to my collaborators and my company members at Hoorae who have come out here to support me. I’m truly honored to receive this. I will always put on for my city: Inglewood, South L.A., stand up.”
Issa then happily introduced her new artist, TeaMarrr, on her Raedio music label.
“I’m her biggest fan, but I hope you guys leave here being a fan of hers too,” she added.