‘Insecure’ is a comedy-drama series partially based on Issa Rae’s acclaimed web series ‘Awkward Black Girl’. It has been created by Issa Rae herself, and Larry Wilmore. The show first aired online via HBO Go and HBO Now before it started airing weekly on HBO. It premiered online on September 23, 2016, and on television on October 9, 2016.
The show explores black female experience from the perspective of the two protagonists. The content and portrayals have been praised unanimously by fans and critics alike, who have said, ” ‘Insecure’ uses star Issa Rae’s breakout web series ‘Awkward Black Girl’ as the basis for an insightful, raunchy, and hilarious journey through the life of a twentysomething black woman that cuts through stereotypes with sharp wit and an effusive spirit.”
The idea of the show first came to Rae in 2013, and it was planned as a look at the awkward experiences of a present-day African American woman. The show attempts not only to examine the complexities of being black but also tries to address the issue that one cannot escape one’s skin color and all the racial connotations that it carries. She commented, “We’re just trying to convey that people of color are relatable. This is not a hood story. This is about regular people living life”. However, if you are looking for the hood experience, you can check out ‘The Wire‘ which is also an HBO show.
Insecure Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of ‘Insecure’ is Issa Rae who appears as Issa Dee. Other main cast members of the show include Yvonne Orji as Molly Carter, Jay Ellis as Lawrence Walker, Lisa Joyce as Frieda, Natasha Rothwell as Kelli, Amanda Seales as Tiffany DuBois and Y’lan Noel as Daniel King.
There are several recurring cast members. One of the most notable ones is Neil Brown Jr. of ‘The Walking Dead‘ fame, who appears in the role of Chad Kerr. In the upcoming season, most of the main characters are expected to return. Rae will definitely reprise her role, as will Orji, Rothwell, and Seales, as her best friends Molly, Kelli and Tiffany. Dee’s colleague Freida too should be back, but unfortunately, Ellis might not return as longtime boyfriend Lawrence. However, we would not rule out a cameo, and we also expect to see some new faces to keep things interesting.