Awkward Black Girls Get Their Day!

I know as well as the next black girl, as much as I love seeing girls who look like me on TV, I’m tired of seeing the same stereotypes perpetuated. But thanks to some geniuses such as Lee Daniels and Shonda Rhimes, black women everywhere are getting to see themselves on the screen with new purpose. Real stories, real feelings and real backstories, not just the best friend or the comedic relief anymore. To add to the likes of Daniels and Rhimes, we have the newest edition to those trying to represent black women on TV Issa Rae’s new HBO comedy, insecure. 

photocred: nytimes.com

photocred: nytimes.com

Insecure, which debuted on October 9th, follows to best friends, Issa and Molly through their everyday lives. Issa and Molly are not exactly how most black women are depicted in the media, strong and confident, they are just like everyone else. They have their flaws and insecurities, and the contemporary issues black women deal with today. 

Issa, who caught HBO’s attention first with her webseries The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, thinks the absence of more shows like this, that show black women in everyday, real life situations is white audiences inability to “relate” to people of color. Rae told The Daily Beast, 

"It was like, we’re just living, like you! Even as a person of color, there are instances where you do talk about race, but there are lots of instances where you don’t. You’re just like, ‘How am I gonna pay this bill?’ Or ‘What is this job? What am I doing in life?"

photocred: hbo

photocred: hbo

She’s just trying to depict the everyday lives of black women, in everyday settings, which I am 100% here for. It’s about time black women like are given recognition and real characters with real lives on television. We’ve got Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson, Aja Naomi King, Lupita Nyongo and now we can add Issa Rae into the list of ladies out here making a change.