Monday, December 12, 2016

MAG TAG: #IssaRae is a VISION for #NYMag! [pics]

Issa Rae, star of HBO's HIT new show 'Insecure' WOWS for NY MAG!  So what does Rae feel about her success as of late?

“I still feel regular. I’m not going to lie,” Issa Rae tells NY MAG when asked about how it feels to be the first black woman to helm her own TV show on HBO. Regular is a word she returned to a few times when describing her artistic approach, but by the end of our conversation, I felt as if Issa Rae were the definition of the popular term black girl magic, and not at all Insecure, as her new show is titled.

“When I first saw my face on a billboard I pulled over and took pictures and did dances, but really, I’m always working on what’s next. I’m 31 now so I kind of know myself and have a group of friends that I love that are outside of the industry, and I just feel like this is still a job at the end of the day. It doesn’t define me.” Ironic, considering her show centers on a young black woman struggling to find her identity.

She describes her upbringing in Potomac, Maryland, as a time of rich exposure to different kinds of people that helped develop her worldview. “I wasn’t really aware of my blackness even though I was around people who were Indian and Jewish, et cetera. They were just my friends. It wasn’t until I moved back to Los Angeles and reflected on those times that I was like, ‘Oh!’ I really wasn’t aware of my blackness as much because nobody else would have talked about it. In terms of trying to figure out what was the definition of blackness, and if I didn’t fit that definition — that stuck with me for years.”[source: NYMag]

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