One of our favorite Clutchettes, Issa Rae, creator of the hit web series, the Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl sat down with the folks over at Edge magazine to talk about the surprise success of the show, advice she’d give her younger self, and what’s next for our favorite awkward girl.
Just two years ago the world had never heard of Issa Rae. On a whim she posted a Facebook message that would change her life.
“I made a Facebook status one day that said I was awkward and black”, she remembers, “my now producer replied with ‘those are the two worst things anyone can be’ and I was like ‘haha bitch’ but it got my gears turning,” she recalls.
That got the ball rolling, and soon the idea for ABG was born. Although she initially wanted to turn the show into a animated series, she quickly found out that would cost too much money. So, she decided to star in the project herself.
Pulling inspiration from her life, Rae says that she wishes she could go back in time and tell her younger self, “it gets better.”
“If I could go back and tell my younger self anything it would be that it all gets better” she says, “and to write it all down and use it later, I didn’t understand why all those things were happening to me then but now it’s so clear. I wish that I could remember some of the incidents in greater detail, honestly.”
While ABG is on a break, Rae is touring the country speaking at colleges teaching others how to possibly replicate her success. So what’s her advice for others hoping to write and produce their own ABG? Create what you love.
“I only make things that I’d like to see. I create because I want to put my voice out there. If I don’t think it’s funny, there’s no way I’m doing it.”
Check out Edge magazine’s entire interview with Issa Rae on their website.