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‘Insecure’ Actor, Issa Rae, Opens Up About Black Women & The Odds We Face When Dating

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BY: NISHA THOMAS

BROOKLYN, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: (L-R) Jay Ellis, Prentice Penny, Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, and Melina Matsoukas attend HBO's 'Insecure' Block Party on September 25, 2016 in Brooklyn City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for HBO)

Television’s premium breakout star, Issa Rae, has said that she wanted to make sure that she correctly portrays black women’s shaky navigation of the world of dating for her new HBO comedy series “Insecure.”

However, at the same time, Rae had a chat with BOSSIP saying that she’d also wanted to celebrate the “awesomeness” of the African-American woman.

“A lot of conversations with my girlfriends are all centered around men that they’re dating, and I wanted to make sure that on the series, that this was a conversation that we’re having,” Issa Rae told us Sept. 25 at the show’s premiere and block party at The Landing in Brooklyn.

‘Insecure’ will tell the story of Issa, a 20-something-year-old black woman who hilariously and unsuccessfully tries to make it in Los Angeles. While she has been in an increasingly unsatisfying relationship with her longtime boyfriend, her close friend Molly, a lawyer, is able to keep striking out in the dating world and she just can’t seem to understand why.

“On dating apps we’re the least desired – and also kind of moving past that and realizing, but we are so tight!” Issa Rae said. “We’re like, the best! We’re supportive. You can count on us. We’re the most loyal. Black women in my life are the best!”

Rae, who is the show’s creator, is also the star of the show, as well as the executive producer and she says that getting the project to air on premium television was seamless. She also says that HBO had reached out to her when a deal with ABC had fortunately fell through.

“They’ve been great about story and structure and just getting out of the way when it comes to cultural differences,” she said. “I’m so happy working with them.”

Sunday’s block party was full of surprises from Kari Faux, BJ The Chicago Kid, Kaytranada and Lou Phelps. They’d also included several Brooklyn eateries, such as The Smoke Joint, The Crabby Shack and Sip & Bites, who’d all provided good food and drinks.

The rising actress says that she’d wanted to bring this show to our screens after growing irritated and tired of witnessing the same kinds of stories on the air, and she also says that she is hopeful that the viewers will be able to identify with the characters on the show.

What are your thoughts? Will you be watching? I know I sure will.

 

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