For the month of February, want to showcase each week 1 woman who inspires me and who I admire to be like one day. These are women I see and watch slaying in their respective arenas everyday, and they are the definition of what #BlackGirlMagic really means! First up, Issa Rae!
Ive seen posts where people ask about if they could see themselves in a TV character, who would it be. I always think long and hard about the answer, but I’d have to say that Issa is definitely me, all the way down to the awkwardness, lol.
When I first found out about her, it was when Insecure was first premiering on HBO. At first, I didn’t know what I was going to expect from the show, but I just knew I had to watch and see what it was all about. From season 1, episode 1, I’ve been hooked and Issa has been my spirit animals! She was possibly the most relatable woman I have seen on TV, because she makes being an awkward Black girl seem really cool after all. I never thought I could see myself in another person or their fictional character, but I immediately identified with Issa and even some of the situations that went on in her life in her role in Insecure (you wouldn’t believe how many times I screamed at the TV, “OMG that is my life!” when I watch the show).
After watching Insecure, I began to do my googling and found out a little more about the awesome woman they call Issa Rae:
- She started off on YouTube with her doing a series titled, Awkward Black Girl.
- She has a NYT best-selling book, titled the Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (yes I bought it!!)
- She has been named one of Forbes 30 under 30
- She was Golden Globe nominated (LIT!)
From the moment she premiered her show, I knew I had to keep watching the show, but her moves also. I saw that she had a book out so I bought that. I added her to social media because I wanted to see her process, how she interacted with fans and if she ever dropped any nuggets of encouragement along the way. Right now, she’s going into season 3 of Insecure and also has about 2 other shows that are being worked on by her that are coming to television.
Issa Rae is the epitome of #GOALS and I aspire to be in her position one day. She’s been nominated for some of the best awards (Golden Globes, NAACP Awards, etc) and her resume is only beginning to become longer and longer with amazing roles. She writes, she acts, she even executive produces. Issa is truly #BlackGirlMagic personified!<<