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HBO's "Insecure" Is Not the Quintessential Black-Woman Experience, Says Issa Rae

HBO's "Insecure" Is Not the Quintessential Black-Woman Experience, Says Issa Rae

HBO's new show, "Insecure," has a relevant, poignant goal: to prove that black women are more versatile than what television in the past has shown.

Despite being the first black woman to produce and star in her own HBO show, Issa Rae is not aiming to be the "representative for the black race."

"This is not the quintessential black-woman experience. It’s a very specific experience," she said.

In fact, Rae is her own definition of blackness — she is alternative, awkward, loud, quiet, and weird. With these characterizations, the show irises in on Rae's self perception combined with the bigger picture that she is not the stereotyped black female in a sitcom.

"I didn't think, 'This is an issue plaguing the community that I want to address,' any more than anybody else did," Rae said. "What's refreshing about this time is that because there are so many other shows with creators of color, the onus isn't just on us. That's a great thing."

Rae began gaining traction through her popular web series, "Awkward Black Girl." She also previously worked on pilot, "I Hate L.A. Dudes," with MAKER and "Scandal" creator Shonda Rhimes.

"During that process, I was eager to please and kind of lost my own voice. I wasn’t cemented in my voice in the same way," she said, referring to the pilot's flop.

But if "Insecure" is anything, it's absolutely Rae's own voice. She does this by staying true to the personalities in the show.

"There's just a notion that there's a universal way to be black…I always find the humor in that, because you can't escape being black." Rae says. "This isn't a show exclusively about, like, the struggle of being black, it's just regular black people living life."

One of the show's aspirations is to help shape the worlds that welcome young black girls who might feel like they don't belong anywhere else, according to VICE.

"Insecure" premieres on HBO on October 9.

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