‘Insecure’: We All Can Relate
As a former lover and fan of Awkward Black Girl, you could imagine my excitement when I saw Issa Rae on a major network like HBO. I had a bit of an internal party and tingle of enjoyment. I had literally watched her rise to the top as a producer, writer, actress, and now Golden Globe nominee. Suddenly hashtags like #weMADEit and #BlackGirlMagic felt like a necessity. Her new series Insecure left pop culture in a frenzy as we watched the most relatable storyline play out on television every week for 30 minutes. Putting a satirical spin on what it’s like being young and Black in America from a friendship, relationship, and professional perspective, Issa initiated some of the craziest amount of chatter proceeding a television episode social media probably has ever seen.
The finale not only left viewers on the edge of their seats, but if you were like me, in awe. Though I honestly wasn’t surprised at the outcome, I secretly was wishing I wasn’t going to be right. Each character is someone we know, and in some cases could be ourselves. Molly the self-destructor who needs a good reality check, to Issa and Lawerence who clearly have a relationship we’ve all seen play out at some point.
“Tell your dad Black women aren’t bitter, they’re just tired of being expected to settle for less.”
When Issa so eloquently responds to a student who said her dad told her nobody is checking for bitter Black women, I pretty much knew the whole storyline. This wasn’t just a story of who’s right or wrong in the cheating game. I think this first season was also a chance to prove the point Black women do have options. Though Issa and Molly are pure examples of how a woman can get in her own way, and in some of the messiest and most savage ways possible at that, there are men, better yet good men, checking for the Black woman.