HBO has finally heard the voices of the millions of viewers who have been following Issa Rae since her debut of her popular web series, Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl.
Insecure, starring Rae, is a half-hour comedy about the awkward realities of a modern-day African-American, much like the premise of her original web series.
Larry Wilmore, of Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show, and Rae penned the pilot. Wilmore is set to serve as exec producer, with Rae co-exec producing.
The roots for this project were planted at HBO back in 2013, prior to Wilmore landing The Nightly Show gig with Comedy Central.
Since around 2011, Rae has amassed over 180,000 subscribers and 20 million views on YouTube with the success of her award-winning hit Web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, not to mention endorsement from Pharrell Williams with their collaboration on Color Creative TV.
This comes on the heels of the excitement following an announcement that HBO also gave the green light to Ben Jones, Lena Waithe, and Anthony Hemingway on their series Bros, based off three African American brothers–two straight, one gay–looking for love and happiness in Los Angeles.
Kudos to HBO! The diversity we crave is well on its way.