*“Insecure” star Issa Rae made history as the first black woman to create and star in a scripted series for a premium cable channel (she’s the second black women to do it in primetime TV, behind Wanda Sykes, who created Wanda At Large for Fox in 2003).
“Isn’t it sad that it’s revolutionary? It’s so basic … but we don’t get to do that. We don’t get to just have a show about regular black people being basic,” she says.
“I think Moesha is the last show where I remember [thinking] ‘Oh, this is just a regular black girl.'” Rae says. “She was in the Leimert Park [neighborhood], she was going to high school; she was like a regular girl. I moved back to LA and went to a taping of that show and had a script and used that script as the format for all my other scripts.”
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Fans of the 31-year-old artist learned via her hit “Awkward Black Girl” YouTube series that rapping is how she “copes with stress.” So, she took her rhyming talents to “Good Morning America” where she dropped a few bars.
Peep the clip below.
“In my storytelling, I’m just more interested in the basicness of human life,” she says. “Like, the regular human interactions that we have.”
“Insecure” pulled in over 1 million viewers during the debut of its first episode on HBO. The eight-episode comedy series is about two women dealing with the ups and downs of their personal and professional lives.
“I wanted to have two dark-skinned women as leads who were still desirable and still were to a degree—it’s called Insecure—but they still have a sense of confidence in who they are. We don’t get to see that. For me, that was an important choice.” – Issa Rae.
Catch “Insecure” every Sunday at 10:30pm EST on HBO.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 26, 2016