Episode 90: Issa Rae, Awkward & Insecure

Episode 90: Issa Rae, Awkward & Insecure

This week we break down Issa Rae's two productions, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl and Insecure.

Questions Discussed

  • When you think of Issa Rae, what immediately comes to your mind?
  • Reflect on her character “Issa” in “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.” What were your first impressions?
  • Contrast that character with Issa’s character in “Insecure.”
  • Based on “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” did you have any presumptions about “Insecure?”
  • Let’s talk character development: How would you contrast Issa in “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” with Issa in “Insecure?”
  • Do you see any parallels between either Issas and yourself?/ How?
  • What does Issa’s come up mean for you personally?
  • Does Issa do a good job at telling our story [the Black woman narrative]?
  • Finally, contrast the characters between “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” and “Insecure”
  • Ceecee versus Molly
  • Jay versus Lawrence
  • Baby Voice Darius versus Thug Yoda

Articles Referenced

Hollywood Finally Embraces What It Means To Be Black and Awkward by Darnell McGee

https://thegrio.com/2016/09/26/hollywood-finally-embraces-what-it-means-to-be-black-and-awkward/

“I just wanted it to be a regular story about black people”: Issa Rae on creating and starring in HBO’s Insecure by Caroline Framke

https://www.vox.com/culture/2016/10/7/13176104/issa-rae-insecure-hbo-interview

Episode Quote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs4d2eTfWvc

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