9Insecure10 It's an exploration of what it's like to be unapologetically black and female. While I may not be EXACTLY like the central character, Issa (and her best friend, Molly) I most certainly see bits and pieces of myself in each of them. Okay, maybe more than bits and pieces.
Not only that, I can pinpoint the age when I felt what they are feeling, experienced what they are experiencing, changed my perspective from their perspective OR possibly TO their perspective. This is character development at it's finest, done masterfully by Isaa Rae, Larry Wilmore and the fine team that made The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl YouTube series transition seamlessly to Insecure on HBO.
Let's back up a little. When I saw the previews for Insecure I was intrigued by a new show with a black female heroine. It's not often that we see this and DEFINITELY not on HBO. After a bit of research, I found that this new half hour comedy actually began as a web series created by the woman who is starring in the show. I needed to know more- because somehow I'd been living under a rock and never heard of Issa Rae. I felt like I was the only one.
Before the premiere of Insecure on October 9th, my goal was to binge watch Awkward Black Girl. Because- how embarrassing for my white, Latina and Asian sistren to know what this was, but little ole me, who personified AWKWARD + BLACK + GIRL in my early twenties, had no idea?
The same way that Drake gets me... so does Insecure.
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In case you haven't seen the first few episodes, here are my favorite recaps from the show, by Ashley Ray-Harris on A.V. Club. There are some great recaps around, but I especially enjoy Ashley's because she explores the themes in the show and makes you think outside of just the plot. She gives you the WHAT, but also the how and why it's important. Not to mention the Stray Observations!
Episode One: Insecure As F**k
Episode Two: Messy As F**k
Episode Three: Racist As F**k
Outside of the show, I am SO HERE for Issa Rae. A modern day black girl magic fairy tale of how hard work, creativity and putting yourself out there...even if it's awkward, pays off.
For all things228My Bathroom Mirror229 (an ode to Issa's bathroom gangsta rapping) that houses recaps by Luvvie Ajayi, Podcasts by Crissle & Fran, behind the scenes scoops, interviews and op-eds.
Now, let's go forth and be awkward and insecure and magical all at once.