Issa Rae: ‘We Don’t Get to See Black Lust in a Normalized and Natural Way’

If you’re not already watching HBO’s Insecure, you should probably start. The comedy series is the brainchild of Issa Rae, a 32-year-old actress, writer, director, and producer. As you can tell, Rae is incredibly accomplished. And when you watch Insecure, it’s easy to see why her star is so quickly rising. The show follows Issa Dee (played by Rae, obviously) as she navigates life, all the while shedding light on the contemporary black experience. As Rae recently told Cosmopolitan, portraying the realities of blackness is important to her, especially when it comes to relationships.

“We don’t get to see black lust in a normalized and natural way that isn’t hypersexualized,” Rae said. “For HBO, we have so much license to show black people loving and f*cking. Why wouldn’t we take advantage of that?” Rae doesn’t shy away from showing characters engaging in all sorts of sex—good, bad, angry, funny, awkward. On Insecure, sex scenes run the gamut. “It’s such a privilege to show that and it feels so real,” she said. “The writer in me is always excited to write those scenes. The performer is like, ‘Oh, sh*t. Why the f*ck did I write this because I got to do it?'”

Rae is equally enthused to share her point of view on black female friendships. “To constantly see black women fighting and plotting against each other [in media]—[that] really gets to me, because that’s not what I see to be true of my friends,” Rae said, adding that many of her real-life relationships inspired the friendships viewers see in Insecure (especially Issa Dee’s friendship with character foil Molly Carter).

Rae puts a premium on conveying this kind of down-to-earth normalcy, because it reflects what life actually looks like for her. “It’s important to show the mundaneness, because it shows [black people] as human—we don’t get to have those moments of celebrating ourselves,” she said. “We have a very specific struggle even in the mundane, like with micro-aggressions. But that doesn’t mean the world stops. We still keep moving.”

Read Issa Rae’s interview in full here.

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