YouTube star Issa Rae is taking her 'Insecure' comedy to HBO

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Hopefully that means there will be a lot of cursing.

HBO has given the greenlight to the pilot for Insecure, a half-hour comedy written by YouTube superstar Issa Rae and The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore about "the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African-American." This news coupled with the upcoming release of Rae's book is making it really easy for me to give her all of my money this year.


Rae created the popular web series "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl," which has over 180,000 subscribers and 20 million views, and she'll serve as co-executive producer on Insecure. Wilmore was The Daily Show's senior black correspondent for years, and has produced hits shows The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Bernie Mac Show, The Office and Black-ish. In 2012 ABC purchased the rights for I Hate L.A. Dudes, a show Rae was developing with Shonda Rhimes, but eventually passed on the project. Oh, well… We're excited to see what HBO delivers!

Danielle Henderson is a lapsed academic, heavy metal karaoke machine, and culture editor at Fusion. She enjoys thinking about how race, gender, and sexuality shape our cultural narratives, but not in a boring way.

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