Issa Rae and Jussie Smollett’s New Digital Drama Series Premieres This Month on YouTube

Issa Rae Productions recently released the trailer for Giants, in which Golden-Globe nominated actress, writer, producer Issa Rae and Empire star Jussie Smollett serve as executive producers of Giants.  The series, created by writer, director, actor James Bland, is set to premiere on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at 8:00 PM, ET/5:00 PM, PT. 
Giants is a scripted drama digital series starring Bland, along with child star Vanessa Baden Kelly (Kenan & Kel, Rosewood) and newcomer Sean Samuels. The show follows three black millennials nearing the end of their 20s. As they approach age 30, each battling their own inner giants, tougher obstacles of adulthood await and the stakes have never been higher. Giants takes things a step further than the typical coming of age story by pushing new boundaries of very real issues including mental health, sexual identity, religious skepticism and grave methods of economic survival.
“Giants explores social issues that are either ignored or stigmatized by the black community,” said Bland. “And regardless of race, these characters’ experiences are relatable to almost anyone because they learn the hard way that when life kicks your ass, you either lie down or fight back.”
Giants is the newest series to join a collection of diverse content featured on Rae’s YouTube channel. Since premiering her award-winning comedic web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl in 2011, the channel has exploded with 240,000 subscribers and over 50 million views collectively across all content. Issa Rae Productions is an independent production company created by Issa Rae that produces and distributes content for her YouTube channel of over 240,000 subscribers. Issa Rae Productions is dedicated to bringing content of quality and diversity to the internet through such initiatives as Color Creative, which aims to increase opportunities for women and minority TV writers to showcase and sell their work, both inside and outside the existing studio system.
View the trailer for Giants and other Issa Ray Productions content at
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