10 Things You Didn’t Know About Insecure’s Issa Rae

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She Was Criticized for Acting White

She was criticized for acting and sounding “White” growing up, so it was important to incorporate that struggle in the show. You can see it firsthand in the opening scene of the premiere episode.

“It’s just a notion that there’s, like, a universal way to be black,” Rae said recently during a Television Critics Association panel. “It’s been portrayed throughout media over the years, and it’s been kind of accepted by mainstream media and even in other shows, like this signature way to be black. There’s always a question: What does that mean if you are not that? Does that mean that I’m not black, or does that mean that I don’t fit into this box? And then, what does it mean when other people who are also black question your blackness? I always find the humor in that because you can’t escape being black. It’s on your skin. The opening scene is really a reflection and a representation of what the show represents. What does it mean when you don’t fit into this definition of being black? What does it mean when you don’t fit into the specific categories? And how do you continue?”

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