Issa Rae stopped by ABC’s Good Morning America to discuss her new HBO series Insecure, how she was inspired by television in the 90’s, and more…She even freestyles for the audience! Check out the interview above, and be sure to tune into Insecure every Sunday on HBO!
The series 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 will also touch on social and racial issues that relate to the contemporary black experience.
“On reality TV, we are always depicted as plotting against each other, as fighting, as not being there for each other. That’s just not my experience with the Black women I know. It wasn’t hard to be able to draw from real-life friendships to put in our show. I love that people can relate and can see themselves in the work. That makes me so happy, but I’m very much aware that I am not telling every Black woman’s story.” – Issa Rae
Insecure 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 serves as a consultant for the series.