The always fabulous Issa Rae, creator of the much loved “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” (and other projects) continues to get shine and acclaim. This time, she’s featured in The New York Times new video series, Off Color. Off Color is, “A video series, highlights artists of color who use humor to make smart social statements about the sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious ways that race plays out in America today.”
The New York Times reports:
It was Ms. Rae’s frustration with the lack of diversity and depth in characters of color in mainstream media that fueled her digital creations. To expand the range of black characters and story lines beyond “slave movies and slave shows” and Tyler Perry’s shows and films, Ms. Rae’s repertoire has included producing a cooking show with two stylish black cooks called “Butter and Brown,” a love story called “First,” and a tongue-in-cheek dissection of hip-hop’s raunchier side called “Ratchetpiece Theater.”
In the video, Rae talks about how she wants to see the marriage of independence and mainstream and feels that she will get a sense of validation because she does have a desire for acknowledgement. But she wants to see it outside of slave movies and reality shows. Throughout the video she talks about what inspired her to create “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.” She also talks about missing the range of characters she grew up watching, thankfully to the 90’s television shows like “A Different World,” “Living Single,” and “Martin.”
If you were one of the many people (like me!) who started watching Misadventures since it began then it’s great to watch Rae continue to get recognition and her work and talent be treated as serious and valid. Rae’s desire to bring diverse Black characters to screen (web, television, and film) is not only encouraging, but hopefully is the start of a new wave of programming reminiscent of those great 90’s shows. Issa Rae has been making great content for quite some time now, thankfully more people are finally starting to pay attention.
Check out the video below.