Issa Rae will be moderating an unscripted fireside chat with Melina Matsoukas, the award-winning Director and Executive Producer of HBO’s Insecure on Monday, October 24th in Los Angeles. For tickets to this amazing event, please click HERE.
Matsoukas made her television directing debut with Insecure. Since 2007, Matsoukas, has directed nine Beyoncé videos, including the highly conceptional Formation which recently took home six VMA’s including Best Direction and Video of the Year. She won a Grammy for Rihanna’s We Found Love video, and also directed Solange’s Losing You and I Decided, Ciara’s Work (feat. Missy Elliot) and Jay Z’s Run. In addition to Insecure, Matoukas will serve as a director for an all female non-profit organization that empowers women titled, We Do It Together.
Insecure made it’s HBO debut on October 9th, and contains themes from Rae’s highly acclaimed web series, The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl, which garnered over 20 million views and nearly 200,000 YouTube subscribers. It explores the black female experience in an unclichéd and authentic way, and revolves around the friendship of two modern day black women and their uncomfortable experiences and racy tribulations. Issa tries to figure out what and who she wants in life, and how to take control of it. Meanwhile, Molly is a successful corporate attorney who appears to have it all but struggles inside as she looks for external ways to fix her life. The series also touches on social and racial issues that relate to the contemporary black experience.
The series stars Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis, Lisa Joyce, Neil Brown, Jr and is created and executive produced by Issa Rae. Prentice Penny (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Melina Matsoukas, (Beyonce’s Formation), Michael Rotenberg, Dave Becky and Jonathan Berry will serve as executive producers, and Larry Wilmore will serve as a consultant for the series.
Check out the first episode below if you haven’t already seen it and be sure to tune into episode 2 on Sunday, October 16th!