It’s Official: Issa Rae’s ‘Insecure’ Coming to HBO
Co-written by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, host of The Nightly Show on Comedy Central and Executive Producer of black-ish, the forthcoming series stars Issa Rae, Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji, and Lisa Joyce.
Insecure focuses on the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern day African-American woman through the eyes of Issa Dee, played by Rae. Ellis will play Lawrence, Issa’s depressed and unemployed boyfriend, who has been getting his act together for four years. Orji is Molly, Issa’s best friend. While very successful in her corporate work life, she is very unsuccessful in her love life.
Knowing Rae’s work, we can expect a lot of blunt conversations, awkward situations, and real to life experiences. And the fact that her voice is going to finally be given the platform it deserves is beyond exciting.
When I first started watching (and then binge-watching) her webseries The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl so many years ago, I couldn’t believe that a television outlet didn’t pluck it from the web and give the show mass exposure. In that trailblazing period of creating original content for the web, it was surprisingly polished, well written, and mold breaking. And for a long time, it seemed like her breakout success was not leading to the real acclaim and access her fans thought she would get (and deserved). And when she had the opportunity to work with Shonds Rhimes at ABC, it seemed like it would finally happen. But when that deal fell apart, it seemed like maybe mass consumption wasn’t ready for her.
Still, in the time that Rae has been languishing in her own starring vehicle, she started Color Creative to give exposure to other women and minority writers, fashioned her YouTube page to be a massive hub for diverse webseries, and published her own collection of essays titled “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.”
But, that is why her new home at HBO is perfect. This cable network is near fearless with taking on progressive projects that don’t match anything else on television, yet they have a long track record of producing top notch content. While it is potentially dangerous since mainstream cable networks often try to water down the artistry of entertainers and writers from minority groups, I’m confident Issa Rae wasn’t having any of that.
Let’s all support Insecure once it airs, and make sure that its success begats more diverse excellence on television.
Photo: courtesy of Issa Rae
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