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4 Reasons Why Issa Rae is So Dope For The Culture

For those of you that have been living under a rock, Issa Rae is the new “IT” girl in Hollywood. Jo-Issa “Issa” Rae Diop is a 31 year old, Capricorn set out on a mission to slay all stereotypes. Best known for her YouTube series, Awkward Black Girl, she’s gained much steam for her HBO debut, “Insecure”.

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Still in her early stages of stardom, the Stanford graduate is killing the game. Here’s a short list of 4 Reasons Why Issa Rae so dope for the culture:

1. REPRESENTATION It is important for young woman and little girls see an image of themselves when they look at things in the media. Issa Rae makes it ok to be a “brown skinned, kinky hair” girl. She also shows young, black girls being “awkward” or “different” is actually very ok.

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2. HUSTLE Issa shows hustling and grinding on a different level. Issa is a beautiful example of using your creativity to level up. Issa garnered more than 2MILLION views on her Awkward Black Girl series that led to an actual book. By the time the book was published, Issa was announcing her show, Insecure, was picked up on HBO in 2015. That’s how you level up!
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3. HER TWEETS ARE LIFE Issa has the best Twitter timeline EVER! THIS IS NOT UP FOR DEBATE (FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK) I consistently read Issa’s tweet, especially when she live tweets during Insecure. She say some of the funniest things and they’re so spot on it’s ridiculous. I can’t help but to clutch my pearls at the hilarity that takes place there.

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Photo Cred: Issa Rae’s twitter

4. EASY BREEZY BEAUTIFUL COVERGIRL Issa recently announced that she has earned the coveted COVERGIRL spot. Issa says, “Becoming a COVERGIRL means a lot because the brand recognizes just how important for people to embrace their individuality and express themselves in unique and diverse ways.” GO GIRL!

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Issa Rae is a game changer, and that’s why she’s dope for the culture.

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INSECURE- Are you #TeamIssa or #TeamLawrence

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Insecure was a hot, new comedy on HBO that starred Issa Rae as Issa and Yvonne Orji as Molly. Two LA millennials looking for love and striving for success in their fields. What I love the most is they are all educated, black people! [thumbs up Issa] Insecure depicts Issa in a long term relationship with her boyfriend Lawrence, who’s played by Blue from the show The Game. Jay Ellis is definitely fine, and showed a lot of his thinly sculpted body. I love how Issa has a typical group of black friends. The awkward one is none other than Issa, the promiscuous one was Molly, the bougie, submissive one is Tiffany [Amanda Seales], and lastly Kelli [Natasha Rothwell] the ratchet, “chubby” one. Every black girl knows this is typical relationship between sister friends.

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Photo Cred: HBo


Back to Lawrence, he really couldn’t keep a job or find one, and had been unemployed for a few years according to the show’s timeline. We all know in this world we live in today a man with no job is no fun! lol Anyway, she attempted to leave and be single, however she loves him and goes back. She’s tempted by an old flame, Daniel and she cheats on Lawrence. Then Lawrence takes a job at Best Buy that he is obviously overqualified for. Meanwhile, Issa cannot stop thinking about how she bust it wide open in the studio for Daniel! When the shhhh hits the fan and Lawrence finds out, he leaves her for a bank teller named Tasha [who during the show became his confidant] in the season’s finale.
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Now I have to be honest, I cannot fault Lawrence for leaving but he didn’t even try to work it out. So for the last few days I have been polling men asking the question, “why do men leave after one discretion, but expect a woman to stay after he’s cheated multiple times?” The responses I received were crazy! Some men think that women are not ever going to leave them because many surmised that a woman is just as comfortable as they are in the relationship. Men believe they can commit offense after offense, and their apologies to be accepted. However, when they’re the ones that were wronged in any way, they will not and I repeat will not be so forgiving. I even asked “Mister” what his opinion was, and he said “he couldn’t imagine another man being with his woman the way he is.”. Now while that is understandable, he was very clear he ain’t with the shhhh lol which is cool because I am not either. Lol

So now, I don’t know if I am #TeamLawrence or #TeamIssa because I understand both positions.

So what’s your thoughts?

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Emmy Nod for Beyonce?

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Photo credit: Variety

 

It has been said that HBO is considering submitting Beyonce’s new visual album “Lemonade” for an Emmy! If she wins it would be a first for the Queen Bey. “Lemonade” which aired on Saturday was a smash among the Beyhive and is still buzzing across the internet.

via Variety

Whether Kahlil Joseph and Beyoncé herself, the credited directors of the piece, can be joined by “additional directors” Melina Matsoukas, Todd Tourso, Dikayl Rimmasch, Jonas Akerlund and Mark Romanek remains to be seen. HBO is in the midst of working out those details.

In 2015, the Emmy for outstanding variety special went to NBC’s “Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special,” which edged out, among other nominees, “The Kennedy Center Honors” on CBS.

Meanwhile, “Lemonade” should be a shoo-in for consideration in the lighting design/lighting direction category, given the lush imagery from vignette to vignette. The frames conjured by the seven d.p.s credited on the film have drawn comparisons to the work of Terrence Malick, and the project does have one definitive connection to the reclusive director: Joseph shot behind-the-scenes footage for Malick’s 2013 film “To the Wonder.”

Go Beyzus! This is a good look!