HBO’s Insecure and Social Bleaching

HBO’s Insecure and Social Bleaching

Honestly, I should have stopped watching Insecure years ago. However, my desire to be proven wrong too often supercedes the reality that awaits me after ever episode. This reality manifests itself in the disappointment that hits me at least twice before the credits roll. The scene with Lawrence having a threesome with two white women [...]

About the “Racist” Black Vice-Principal on Insecure

About the “Racist” Black Vice-Principal on Insecure

In Season 2 Episode 2 of Insecure viewers meet a seemingly insignificant new character. The character is Vice-Principal Gaines, an authoritative figure of a corresponding school for We Got Ya’ll—the non-profit organization Issa works for. He’s overtly inundated with responsibility, something made quite obvious. His responsibilities are far less overt than what appears to be [...]

Insecure, An Analysis of Season 2 Episode 1

Insecure, An Analysis of Season 2 Episode 1

In Shonda Rhimes like fashion, Season two episode one of Issa Rae's HBO series Insecure issues its most memorable content in the last two minutes. The episode ends with a reunited Issa and Laurence, who abruptly split after Laurence discovers Issa's infidelity. Their reunion was brash, unemotional, and brief. Upon conclusion, Issa's facial expression mirrored [...]

Issa Rae’s Insecure and the Black Female Narrative

Issa Rae’s Insecure and the Black Female Narrative

In recent years, the western world has seen an abundance of black faces on television. From Kerry Washington as Scandal's Olivia Pope to Loni Love as co-host of daytime talk show The Real, the black female body appears prominent where she was once obscure. Featuring blacks as professionals appears a necessary shift away from caricatured [...]