First I saw Issa Rae’s Instagram post. She wrote, “Two things I NEVER thought I’d be able to say: 1) I’m playing Rachel in ‘Friends.’ 2) I’m in a Jay-Z video with some of the funniest/dopest black people ever.” Just look at this glorious post:
In the beginning of Insecure’s Season 2 premiere last night, Molly sits across from her therapist and says with assurance, “I feel like I’m exactly where I should be in my career.” Because as disgruntled as Molly has been in the dating department, work is supposed to be a reliable, fulfilling escape for her, away from…
On Insecure, Issa Rae’s HBO comedy about black life and dating in Los Angeles, Yvonne Orji plays Molly, an ambitious, single lawyer with a hole in her heart like everyone else. The first season saw Molly warily dipping into the dating pool with little success and surviving a fractured friendship, while Season 2 finds…
Fuck Game of Thrones. This is all the prestige television I need.
For Emmys season, The Hollywood Reporter has convened its regular roundtables of champions and contenders in each category, and the Comedy Actress edition is a real tearjerker. Featuring Emmy Rossum, Issa Rae, America Ferrera, Pamela Adlon, Minnie Driver, and Katherine Hahn—gods, all—they got very real about the…
The movie idea starring Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o—a pitch that appears to have originated on Tumblr and migrated to Twitter, where it transformed into a fully formed film—is now miraculously being made into a real movie. Hello, I’m your captain and this is 2017.
Last week, I sat in a small theater in New York’s East Village to watch a series of short films by South Asian American directors as part of the New York Indian Film Festival. I was there to see one movie in particular: Cowboy and Indian, by filmmaker and actress Sujata Day.
I leave you with this very sweet Instagram video of Jay Ellis—who also plays a nice guy, Lawrence, on Issa Rae’s HBO series Insecure—going on and on about how much he loves Michaela Coel, the creator and star of Neflix’s Chewing Gum. But, like, really loves her.
At the start of Sunday night’s Insecure Season 1 finale, Issa has lost both her boyfriend and her best friend. By the end of an especially blue episode, the sense of normalcy she’s grasping for only returns in parts, and we’re all left crushed.
One Saturday night, at the Bell House in Brooklyn, Issa Rae stood in front of a room full of black people and told stories about ratchet rap. An extension of her RATCHETPIECE Theater video series, the show served as an homage to the rap songs essential to her youth. It took place two weeks before the premiere of her…
In a move that provide more evidence that Issa Rae’s Insecure might be the best new comedy of the fall television season, HBO has just released the show’s pilot—set to premiere October 9—on HBO Go, HBO Now, and HBO On Demand. And with that, it looks like I have at least half an hour of my weekend planned!
In today’s Tweet Beat, Bella Hadid remains attracted to her boyfriend, Issa Rae is ready and Ice T drops some wisdom.
The first trailer for Issa Rae’s HBO series Insecure is finally here, after enduring the treacherous Hollywood pilot cycle. The show, a worthy follow-up to her popular web series The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl, premieres this fall.
Zoe Kazan has replaced Lisa Joyce as the lead in Max, Lena Dunham’s 1960s comedy pilot for HBO about a feminist magazine writer named Maxine Woodruff. Joyce left the lead to focus on her role in another upcoming HBO comedy — Issa Rae’s Insecure.
In the two years since Issa Rae landed a deal with HBO, her show, Insecure, had seemingly got stuck in pre-production purgatory. Good news, though: the cable network has ordered the half-hour comedy to series.
Issa Rae and her fans are playing the waiting game with her TV career, and much of the delay has to do with Hollywood’s cluelessness. In a new profile for The New York Times, Rae talked about the status of her HBO pilot and her struggles getting projects heard in the thick of whiteness.
In today’s Tweet Beat, Jenny Slate looks for answers, Jourdan Dunn makes quite the discovery and Issa Rae makes the total wrong decision.
Issa Rae's awkward-black-girl comedy Insecure has landed a pilot order at HBO. The project has been sitting with the network since 2013, when I first got my Champagne glass ready.
Baratunde Thurston interviewed Issa Rae for his AOL web series Funded to figure out how she got so damn famous. If you're familiar with Rae's story, none of it is brand new information, but if you're not, it's a good overview. As Thurston explains, "From YouTube to HBO: that's a good story."