Y’all know I’ve been a fan of Issa Rae’s The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl for a LONG TIME. I saw it on YouTube, and fell in love. There was nothing like it, and it was hilarity. Then I met Issa and it made me even more of a fan. Over the years, we’ve shared stages together at least 3 times, either on panels or doing a moderated Q&A. We have A BALL together, and to know Issa is to love her.
Issa’s book of the same name of the show dropped in 2015 and was a NYTimes Best-Seller. When it was time for me to write my book (I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual), she was so supportive and even ended up blurbing it. Her quote about my book is actually on the back cover. She’s so bae, y’all.
Everyone was wondering when ABG would get to TV, and it seemed that folks were in a rush to see it on the small screen. Issa wasn’t, though. She didn’t wanna just throw something together or sell it to the first network who showed any type of interest. She wanted to do it on her own terms so the story could be true, and done well.
That’s exactly what she did. When it was announced that HBO was the lucky place that Issa landed, and they were developing her show, titled “Insecure” I was like “sign me up.” And then I learned that one of my boos, Yvonne Orji, was gonna be co-starring on the show, as Issa’s bestie Molly. My Naija sisthren was gonna be in the number? DID I SHOUT?!? I shouted.
I straight hollered. Because you better look at serendipity and amazing things. When good things happen for those I love, my heart celebrates. That, and I text them in ALL CAPS. My baes are baeing together. How dope is that?
Long story short, Insecure is here and I am here for it! It premiered on HBO last night at 10:30pm ET, and trended #2 on Twitter! It’s extra impressive since a lot of people had already seen episode 1 since HBO released it early since we were all so thirsty. Folks seemed to re-watch it.
I am cheering this show on, because not only am I proud of anyone who does dope shit in the way they want to do it but the Black girl takeover is here and this is just another piece to it. Also, it’s bae-inception. I’m so proud of Issa and team for making this happen!
Oh and cool news? I’m the official recapper for the show! It’s a match made in recap heave, to be honest. HBO created a site to house all things Insecure, and it’s MyBathroomMirror.com. You can find my recaps of each episode on the Monday after they air! My first recap is up now!
Episode 1: Insecure As F**k
When we begin, Issa Dee is a 28-year old Los Angelina who has been in a relationship with a dude named Lawrence for 5 years, and works at a small nonprofit called “We Got Y’all.” It was founded by a white woman who wants to help kids from the hood who thinks she gotta dap her Black employee when she dismisses her. The staff is all white and Issa’s the token Black. It is a shitstorm of what happens when awkward white women do the absolute most with the least.
Issa is at a crossroad in life, and she seems to just be coasting, instead of being really content. How does Issa cope with all that life throws at her? Well, being “aggressively passive” is her super power. That, and terrible rapping. Her best friend is a high powered attorney named Molly, and one of her super powers is making terrible relationship decisions.
** Get into Insecure, episode 1 with full recaps at MyBathroomMirror.com.**
But yeah, CONGRATS ISSA!!! For you, we must do a real dance. Because your win is OUR win, and your win makes another Black girl’s win even more probable. TURN UP!