Issa Rae’s Insecure isn’t just a show with black stars; it’s a show that doesn’t choose to explain itself and black culture to its multiracial audience. This type of learn-as-you-go process is partially intentional. In her cover interview with Glamour Magazine, Rae talked about how her show doesn’t seek to be a black primer for white audiences.
“You can always tell when (a black show) feels overly explained,” she said in the interview with The Shade Room’s Angelica Nwandu. “If you’re targeting a specific audience, there’s a shorthand people of color have, where you don’t need to explain it.”
Rae talked about “surrounding myself with people of color” for Insecure, adding, “I could never do this show and have a predominately white staff.”
“Sometimes the white writers will be like, ‘I didn’t even know what that line meant until I watched the show’ and I’m like, ‘That’s OK. There are some things that are just for us.'”
Insecure airs Sundays at 10:30/9:30 CT on HBO.