Issa Rae has based her brand and her HBO series “Insecure,” which she co-writes, stars in and executive produces, on not having it all figured out. This concept started with “Awkward Black Girl,” her successful YouTube series, which ran from 2011 to 2013. With help from Larry Wilmore, the comedian, writer and producer, Rae refined the concepts of “Awkward Black Girl” to develop the plot lines and characters for “Insecure,” which debuted last October.
Rae says she wanted to make a show depicting the minutia of daily existence for people of color, and present relatable female characters approaching their 30s and fumbling their way through life. She achieved that with “Insecure,” which was nominated for a Golden Globe and sparked passionate conversations each week about friendship, cheating, sexuality and other topics that aren’t typically parsed through a black, female lens on a mainstream platform. These stories will continue starting Sunday, when season two premieres on HBO.