Issa Rae, creator of Awkward Black Girl, has had an HBO show in the works for a while, and the trailer looks funny as hell. Everything from “what’s ‘on fleek?'” to basically every line from the children in the classroom set to Missy Elliott’s “WTF (Where They From),” has me so ready to watch this in the fall. Rae shared on Twitter that she’s received tons of positive feedback and she’s “Nervous and excited for y’all to see what we have in store!”
Insecure is an eight-episode, 30-minute comedy series staring Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis and Lisa Joyce, and centers around “the friendship, experiences and tribulations of two black women.” While the project was first announced in 2013, Rae has discussed the challenges of making her show without being pushed to compromise or water down her vision. When hearing the line, “Black women aren’t bitter, we’re just tired of being told to settle for less,” it definitely speaks not only to what I think is the romantic context of the scene, but also media representation. Considering the obstacles Rae dealt with to make Insecure, it feels like the trailer is saying that she didn’t settle for less and her viewers won’t have to either. (It’s also cool that HBO used “Never settle for less” as the tagline here.) From what I see, the wait will definitely have been worth it.
Created and executive produced by Rae, Insecure is also executive produced by Prentice Penny, Melina Matsoukas, Michael Rotenberg, Dave Beck, Jonathan Berry, and Larry Wilmore as a consultant. To hold you over until fall, I recommend checking out Rae’s Youtube channel which includes lots of awesome original content like podcasts and short films from her and from other artists. Are you excited to watch Insecure?
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