Hella Relatable

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I think we can all agree that black television has been poppin’ as of lately. With shows like Blackish, Queen Sugar and Power, I feel like we all have someone on television right now who we can relate to, whereas that wasn’t always the case in the past. However, there’s one show in particular that I relate to and enjoy the most at the moment. If you haven’t seen Insecure on HBO, then you are definitely missing out! Every time I’ve seen a black woman portrayed on television, she was always strong, independent or someone who had to have it all together (at least the popular ones). We all know that’s not always true and we’re not always that woman. Insecure shows us different layers of black women and how we DON’T always have life figured out, and that’s okay. The show centers around Issa, who is a certified awkward black girl, and is based on her real-life experiences. For those of you who haven’t seen it, I don’t want to give too much away, but you will enjoy relatable situations and laughs while watching Issa and her relationships with her boyfriend, Lawrence, who got way too comfortable, her promiscuous BFF, Molly, who will remind you all of Tony from Girlfriends, and her white co-workers who make racially insensitive remarks from time to time. The only downside to this show is that it’s simply not long enough! Issa’s backstory is also something to enjoy. She began her career on Youtube of all places, which is super inspiring to me! If you go back and look at her online show, she didn’t have high quality videos, but she continued to film anyway. I’ve personally been contemplating creating a scripted YouTube series, but I’ve questioned whether or not I have the right equipment or would get any views at all. When I look back at Issa’s show, she didn’t have fancy equipment and maybe got a third of what someone would consider popular views, but Pharrell noticed her! Pharrell, y’all! That only goes to show you that you never know what can happen when you step out on faith. In 2011 she created a show called Awkward Black Girl that that gave black women a character outside of the “norm”, who we can relate to that often gets excluded from television. Ironically, her character was exactly that. Normal. However, how many “normal” characters do we actually see on television? I know I’ve felt like most of these women I see on TV are not ME. I love Olivia Pope and Analise Keating, but that’s not my life! I’m not out here fixing anybody’s lives and I can definitely use some fixing of my own! Episodes of Insecure, however, are way more relatable to who I am. It’s about your average black women, with average problems and an average life. Please don’t read too much into the title, because it’s not all about being insecure, but the point is that we CAN be insecure sometimes too. We don’t always have an attitude, are too strong (as most people think when it comes to black women) or are difficult to get along with, despite what you’ve seen on shows like Love and Hip Hop or Basketball Wives. I would suggest binge watching it when you get the chance! It’s hella funny and hella REAL. We can all use a little realness after watching most of the crap on television.  You can check out Insecure on HBO every Sunday at 9:30pm ET/8:30pm CT. I’m sure you all will love it as much as I do 🙂

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Asia Vallier

Born in Lafayette, Louisiana. Raised in Houston, Texas. Poetry, music, theater, and movies have always intrigued me, and all things artistic live at the core of who I am. I've always kept a composition notebook at my side at all times whether that be for journaling, writing music or writing my ideas. At some point, I realized that what I was searching for to express myself had been there all along in my writing. I hope to inspire and invoke thought into each and every one of my readers. Blessings!

2 thoughts on “Hella Relatable

  1. I definitely relate to insecure especially Molly’s character. But the idea that black women on tv can have other personality traits besides being opinionated and strong like Olivia Pope is the right direction these tv producers and storytellers are heading, which mainly have to do with the fact that a lot of the executive producers are black women. I can’t wait until we see ourselves be main superheroes on the silver screen or see comedians like Tiffany Hadish to have more of a spotlight in the theaters. Great post Asia!

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