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Issa Rae's 'Insecure' Will Return for a Second Season on HBO

HBO has renewed Issa Rae’s 'Insecure' for a second season.

The sixth episode of Insecure aired last night on HBO. Fortunately, fans need no longer wonder if they’ll get to see more of Issa Rae’s Awkward Black Girl spin-off in the future.


HBO has just revealed its plans for a ten-episode second season of Insecure. The show’s fellow Sunday primetime newcomers, Westworld and the Sarah Jessica Parker-starring Divorce, were also picked up for second seasons.

Insecure and Divorce will return in 2017, while Westworld will come back in late 2017 or the first half of 2018, according to HBO’s president of programming, Casey Bloys.

The second season pickups were based on six weeks of ratings data. Insecure is averaging 3.2 million viewers per episode when reruns, VOD and streaming airings are factored in, while Westworld and Divorce are averaging 11.7 and 4.4 million viewers per episode respectively.

Of the decision to pick up Insecure for another season, Bloys also noted the show’s “huge social media response from a passionate fan base” and the “new voice” the series represents.

Insecure airs Sundays at 10:30pm EST on HBO. Find out how you can watch the entire first season for free and check out our interview with Rae’s co-star, the fast-rising Yvonne Orji.

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Issa Rae's New Show 'Rap Sh*t' Is Set to Premiere on HBO Max

The comedy series about a female rap group from South Florida is one of many that will launch on the upcoming streaming service.

A new series from Insecure creator Issa Rae is headed to HBO Max. Rap Sh*t (working title) centers on a group of female rappers from South Florida trying to make it in the music industry.

The half hour series, which Rae will executive produce and write the pilot for, is one of many recently announced shows coming to the upcoming WarnerMedia streaming platform, which will launch in May of 2020.

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HBO to Co-Produce Michaela Coel's Upcoming Series About Dating and Sexual Consent

The showrunner's latest, "January 22," is described as "fearless, frank and provocative."

HBO has signed on to co-produce an upcoming series by Michaela Coel about contemporary dating life and sexual consent, Deadline reports.

The show titled January 22nd was first announced via the BBC last August. It was written by and will star Coel as the protagonist Arabella Essiedu, a "self-assured, care-free Londoner with a group of great friends, a holiday fling turned aspirational boyfriend in Italy and a burgeoning writing career. But when she is spiked with a date-rape drug, every element of her life and identity is called into question," as described in Deadline.

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In Conversation with Congolese NBA Player Emmanuel Mudiay: 'I want more African players in the NBA.'

The Utah Jazz player talks about being African in the NBA, supporting basketball in the DRC and how 'everybody knows about Burna Boy'.

Inspired by his basketball-playing older brothers, by second grade, Emmanuel Mudiay already knew that he wanted to play in the American National Basketball Association. Then in 2001 his family, fleeing the war in Democratic Republic of Congo, sought asylum in the United States.

In America, Mudiay saw basketball as a way for him to improve his situation. After impressive high school and college careers, he moved to China to play pro ball. Picked 7th overall in the 2015 NBA draft, the now 23-year-old guard has made a name for himself this season coming off the bench for the Utah Jazz.

Mudiay attests to the sport having changed not only his life but that of his siblings. Basketball gave them all a chance at a good education and the opportunity to dream without conditions. Now he wants to see other talented African players make it too.

We caught up with him to talk about his experience as an African player in the NBA, his hopes for basketball on the African continent and who he and his teammates jam out to in their locker rooms.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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University lecturer and activist Doctor Stella Nyanzi (L) reacts in court as she attends a trial to face charges for cyber-harassment and offensives communication, in Kampala, on April 10, 2017. (Photo by GAEL GRILHOT/AFP via Getty Images)

Jailed Ugandan Activist, Stella Nyanzi, Wins PEN Prize for Freedom of Expression

The outspoken activist, who is currently serving a prison sentence for a poem she wrote about the president's mother's vagina, won for her resistance "in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her."

Stella Nyanzi, the Ugandan academic, activist, and vocal critic of President Yoweri Museveni has been awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International award for freedom of expression, given to writers who "continue to work for freedom of expression in the face of persecution."

Nyanzi is currently serving a 15 month sentence for "cyber harassment" after she published a poem in which she wrote that she wished "the acidic pus flooding Esiteri's (the president's mother) vaginal canal had burn up your unborn fetus. Burn you up as badly as you have corroded all morality and professionalism out of our public institutions in Uganda."

According to the director of PEN International, Carles Torner, her unfiltered outspokenness around the issues facing her country is what earned her the award. "For her, writing is a permanent form of resistance in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her," said Torner at the award ceremony.

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