By now I’m sure you’ve heard about the new HBO series Insecure, created by Youtube sensation Issa Rae.
I was SO happy when I found out about this. I’ve been a fan of hers’ since the Awkward Black Girl days. When I heard she was getting her own show, I immediately had a mamma we made it moment. Seriously, I’m pretty sure I started dancing. However, I was worried that the show was not going to be authentic. What if it no longer spoke so clearly to African American women, or worse if it wasn’t told from our perspective. Well, it was executive produced by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, and it actually seems like it. It gave all the black girl magic yet ratchet vibes I needed.
Insecure had a total of 1.1 million viewers for it’s first episode, and I know why. It speaks directly to it’s core while still having the appeal to reach the general market. With topics like marriage, dating, finding the niche in one’s career and creating the perfect look to “accidentally” attract a potential bae, we can all relate. Seinfeld’s whole concept was, it’s a show about nothing. Well, Insecure feels like the same thing but for black women. In the very opening scene urban kids asked Issa questions like; what’s wrong with your hair, why do you talk like a white girl and why ain’t you married. I realized it hadn’t been 5 minutes and I already identified with her. I’ve been asked all of these questions. Often.
I enjoy the show and I’m a fan of Issa’s creativity. But, I also like that there seems to be a trend of telling Black stories. Right now there is Insecure, Atlanta, Empire, Power, Being Mary Jane, How to Get Away with Murder and many more. Not only are our shows being created, they’re generating great ratings. Popular actors are auditioning for television roles instead of movies. Also, we live in the amazing digital age where anything is possible. Again I’m a Issa fan so I speak from experience when I say, I KNOW there was a point when she had NO budget but the shows were still entertaining and well-done. Now she’s on HBO. Let that sink in. Youtube to HBO. We live in a time where there is no excuse. You want something bad enough, go get it. Some things are harder for black women. Some things are harder for women. Some things are harder for minorities. It can be a plethora of reasons. But, shows like Insecure make you a little more secure to go for it.
Okay, I should be sleep. Have a great week guys. Tweet me.