Issa-Rae

Award shows don’t often recognize young television series’ but Issa Rae’s portrayal in Insecure was so relatable and impactful that the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences was moved to nominate Rae for an Emmy for ‘Best Actress in a Comedy Series’.

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Insecure still image: Molly, Issa and Tiffany at a gallery show in the Arts district.

If you’ve never watched Insecure, a comedy-drama set in California, you are missing out. Episode endings from the show often result in viral discussions.

In fact, Insecure‘s freshman season ending sparked a fun but heated discussion between Michelle Obama and show creator and lead actress Issa Rae during an event Rae attended with the former First Lady.

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Issa Rae speaking with former first lady Michelle Obama about the ending of Insecure season 1.

Don’t worry, it ended amicably with a hug and a lot of smiling.

The show follows Issa Dee’s (Rae) life navigating the professional and personal terrain along with her best friend Molly (Yvonne Orji). Issa works as a youth program coordinator at a nonprofit and lives in South LA.

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Insecure still image: Molly runs into an old friend outside her work in Downtown LA.

She is a flawed person who makes mistakes, faces the consequences and lives with the fall out. And unlike formulaic ‘single woman’ TV shows there is a distinct lack of neurosis idolizing other people’s lives. Issa and her friends make a conscious choice to live their best lives.

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Insecure still image: Issa and Molly brunch at one of the prettiest restaurant settings in Los Angeles, the Commissary.
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Insecure still image: Kelli, Molly and Issa hanging out.

True to living in a vibrant city, the characters take us all over Los Angeles, from Inglewood to the Arts District. And like any city dweller they shop at Rite Aid, eat at the neighborhood restaurant or trendy food trucks, attend cultural events, socialize with friends, take weekend trips and they date.

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Insecure still image: Issa takes students on a day trip to the Santa Monica beach.
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Insecure still image: Issa and Lawrence in one of the final episodes of Insecure season 2.

The show’s take on love and relationships is just as layered and complex as the characters work drama and friendship drama. The show explores open marriage, lifeless relationships with long-term boyfriends, dating apps, ex-boyfriend drama, new girlfriend drama – it’s a constant struggle.

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Insecure still image: Dro and Molly from an episode of Insecure season 2.

Fans are hopeful and excited for the third season (there is an ex-ex situation) and we are too. Also we have our fingers crossed Issa Rae wins her first Emmy.

Check out the trailer for Insecure season 3:

The third season of Insecure will premiere on Sunday, August 12 at 10:30 PM on HBO.
70th Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on September 17, 2018 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

 

Posted by:Nichelle Cole

Nichelle Cole is the founder & creative director of The Fashion Plate magazine. A respected writer, stylist and influencer, she has been published in fashion magazines around the world.

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