While we’ve all been waiting with bated breath for Issa Rae‘s new HBO comedy to premiere October 9th, she spoke with Time about “Insecure’s” premise not being about “the quintessential black woman experience” – adding to our endless list of reasons to why we love her.
“I want to make this very clear,” Issa tells Time. “This is not the quintessential black-woman experience. It’s a very specific experience.”
But wait. It gets better.
Fans of The MisAdventures of Awkward Black Girl can definitely expect to see related issues of race and black identity in Insecure, but Issa wants to make it known that while related in some form or fashion, not every black experience is the same.
Just like Black-ish, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, and other black-character centered shows on air currently, Insecure isn’t about following the lives of token black folks in the midst of white America. Seeing people of color in roles that are multi-faceted, and that don’t solely play on negative stereotypes, will force viewers to give new identities to the cultures they interact with on a daily basis. And, clueing them into some of the struggles that people of color face will, hopefully, continue to break prejudices.
“I didn’t think, ‘This is an issue plaguing the community that I want to address,’ any more than anybody else did,” she goes on to say. “What’s refreshing about this time is that because there are so many other shows with creators of color, the onus isn’t just on us. That’s a great thing.”
And we totally agree with you, Issa!