Issa Rae on Insecure's TV Impact: "We Haven't Really Had Our Stories Told in a Modern Way"

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I was 20 years old when Issa Rae's The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl aired its first episode on YouTube. Before discovering the web series, I had never met a character that genuinely made me feel seen. A young black woman who's just awkward enough to be different, trying to make it through uncomfortable everyday situations, and has a penchant for creating raps that allow her to express her feelings? I may not be able to rap, but I feel all of that. So, to be a fan and see the progression of Rae's career since that award-winning series has been not only a gift, but a tale of inspiration.

It's been eight years since Awkward Black Girl first aired on YouTube and Rae doesn't show signs of slowing down anytime soon. The actress, writer, director, producer, and web series creator (did I mention how much she loves to work?

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