Black Girl Awkwardness Reigns: Issa Rae Comes to NCCU

Written By: Kimberly Knight 

Photo Credit: Alex Anderson of AfroCurl Photography

Happy Thursday Luvs! 

Issa Rae has become a cultural phenomenon as an actress, writer, director, producer, and web series content creator. Her web series "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl" became a classic series showing the daily life of a young African-American woman experiencing daily life situations with all types of hilarious awkwardness happening. My favorite characters besides Issa of course was the co-worker that whispered and somehow everyone understood what he said. The YouTube web series gained attention all the way to HBO and in 2016 we took a peak into the evolution of "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl" which is now called "Insecure". The first season was an intimate look into the lives of the couple Issa and Lawrence as they deal with real life situations in their relationship. The season left us wondering what will happen next with these two and the best part is this Summer Insecure Season 2 premieres! So of course your favorite blog got a chance to meet Issa Rae during her speaking engagement for the NCCU's Lyceum Series. Her witty, cool, and awkwardly dope persona was truly inviting. Even though we only had a moment I did get to capture some amazing images and dialogue from the Stanford University graduate.

I was just frustrated there was not a balance when it comes to shows like this. You have people worldwide watching these types of shows depicting Black women and they assume that all Black women are like that which is not true. - Issa Rae

Follow Issa Rae on Instagram & Twitter @IssaRae

So I got one (chemical hair treatment) with my friend so of course my hair fell out and my mom said, “I told your bald headed ass not to get one”. From that moment I came to appreciate and like my natural hair but for the most part I’ve always been natural. - Issa Rae

Check out below the first episode where it all started!

Meeting Issa Rae was beyond pure dopeness. I consider myself an "Awkward Black Girl" at times and she's paved the way for colorful creatives like myself to create original content people can relate to. The moment I said hello she greeted me with a soft handshake and warm smile. I wish we could have had more time to interact but this picture speaks volumes! After watching Issa speak I walked away that afternoon feeling inspired to trust the creative process. We at The Lux Blog wish Issa Rae continued success in all of her future endeavors!

Until Next Time Ladies & Gentleman This Is The Lux Blog - Kimberly 

Kimberly Knight