Issa Rae Raises $325K In Less Than 24 Hours To Send Alton Sterling’s Children To College

Issa Rae

Like many of us, Issa Rae was profoundly affected by the killing of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black many who was brutally shot and killed in by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  As a way to work through the pain and confusion we all fee, The Awkward Black Girl creator started a GoFundMe Page that raked in $325,000 in less than 24 hours!

Her initial goal was $40,000.  Once she reached the mark she tweeted

“Thank you for helping us raise the goal!” she wrote Wednesday evening. “I just got off the phone with the Sterling family attorney who is aware of the GoFundMe and has asked me to call back tomorrow, as the family is (naturally) overwhelmed at this time. Will keep you all posted. In the meantime, keep spreading the word!”

Soon after, she increased the goal to $200,000.

Wow! $100k in 6 hours. This is so powerful,” she wrote. “Can we get to $200k? I’m doubling my pledge. That would be $40k for each of his 5 kids to go to college. Thank you all for uniting through the pain.”

The amount raised  has now surpassed $400,000.  Hats off to Issa Rae and everyone who donated!

Abi Ishola
Abi Ishola


Abi Ishola is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Beyond Classically Beautiful, the acclaimed photo series turned multimedia platform. On any given day, you can find her tucked away in a perfectly lit Brooklyn coffee shop working for several hours. Then she dashes off to pick up her daughter from daycare. Abi is also a TV Producer, a proud FIT Alum, Nigerian-American, and a soul searcher.

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