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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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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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Interview: Meet Velemseni, Eswatini’s Queen of Soul

Soul artist Velemseni's music reflects Eswatini culture and aesthetics. "The Kingdom of Eswatini is a magical and mysterious place, and my music aims to interpret and document that mystique, drawing from genres like Swazi gospel, soul, African soul, cinematic and traditional music," says the artist.