HBO’s new hit TV show, Insecure, follows the everyday life and dysfunction of Issa. Show creator and Insecure lead, Issa Rae is a writer, producer, director, and actress. She also has a strong presence online, with more than 25 million views and over 200,000 subscribers on YouTube. Her web series “Awkward Black Girl” was released on YouTube in 2011, which built a platform that eventually led up to her HBO series.The story “explores the black female experience. Rae stars as Issa and Yvonne Orji stars as Molly. Over the course of the season, Issa attempts to figure out what she wants out of life and how to take control of it, while fumbling her way through this journey.” The show was created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore. It is based off of Rae’s New York Times bestseller, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.
The show is brash, straightforward, and funny, and it features an engaging African-American leading woman and explores the intricacies and complexities of navigating life, love, and friendship. It’s become incredibly popular due to showcasing an honest and relatable portrayal of black women, which is lacking in much of TV and film. People of color, especially woman of color, are not usually portrayed as normal, awkward, and funny in the mainstream media. With limited diversity, many women of color find it difficult to relate to mainstream white characters on TV. On this topic, Rae says, “Isn’t it sad that it’s revolutionary? It’s so basic … but we don’t get to do that. We don’t get to just have a show about regular black people being basic.”
In an interview with Fusion, Issa Rae talks about the show, saying that, “We’re not claiming to be the voice of all black women. We’re trying to tell a very specific, nuanced story.” Insightful, hilarious, and witty, the show creators break through stereotypes of how a black woman should be portrayed.
It was announced in November 2016 that the comedy series has been renewed for a second season.