‘Insecure’ takes new adults’ struggles to new level
HBO’s new show, “Insecure,” is the funniest show I’ve seen this year about being black and in your 20s.
The show stars Issa Rae, the creator of the web series “Awkward Black Girl.” Issa is her character’s name as well, and she is having a hard time getting out of her late 20s — and I mean she is really trying hard.
She’s the “token black person” who works at a nonprofit that caters to helping school kids in troubled neighborhoods, and she has a stay-at-home boyfriend who is having a hard time getting on his feet and basically lives on the couch. And Rae’s successful best friend, who is a lawyer, can’t seem to keep a man with her smothering ways.
In the first scene, Rae visits one of the local black elementary schools and is humiliated by the kids in the class for wearing her hair in a short, curly, natural style.
Rae is at a point we call a “quarter-life crisis” and is finally realizing that her life isn’t what she imagined it would be. With problems at home and at work, Rae describes herself as “aggressively passive” and copes by rapping to herself in the mirror and having fantasies.
Although Rae can rap, and her freestyling is some fire, she tries too hard sometimes. Rae drags her best friend, Molly, out to the club after she tells her the reason why she can’t keep a man is because something is wrong with her vagina.
Molly doesn’t know but Issa signed up for an open mic night at the club and performs the freestyle called “Broken P***y” at an open mic night. You need to google that scene on YouTube if this doesn’t convince you to watch the show.
She’s also dealing with problems at home with her boyfriend by rekindling a romance with her high school boyfriend Daniel.
What makes “Insecure” such a good show is that it’s not a black show centered around violence or drugs or the harsh realities of the entertainment industry.
Especially not a show with a female lead. It’s relatable for those who know what it feels like to work among a majority of white people and having to deal with questions like, “What does ‘on fleek’ mean?” or those who don’t know where their 20s are going.
The show airs every Sunday on HBO at 10:30 p.m. and is worth watching.