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Not So Awkward Anymore? Issa Rae Closes 2-Year Deal with HBO Ahead of ‘Insecure’ Premiere

‘Insecure’ debuts exclusively on the premium cable network on Oct 9.

Issa Rae knows how to turn her awkwardness into an asset.


It’s sounding like HBO has high hopes for Awkward Black Girl franchise creator’s upcoming eight-episode-long laugh fest Insecure, premiering on the premium cable network Oct. 9.

Rae has secured a two-year production deal with HBO that entails developing new programming for all its platforms, including HBO Go and HBO Now, highlighting diverse narratives, according to Shadow & Act.

Comedy series Insecure, co-created with former host of The Nightly Show Larry Wilmore, follows girl friends, Issa Dee and Molly—played by Rae and creator of Nigerian-American sitcom pilot First Gen Yvonne Orji—as they navigate the ups and downs of their professional and personal lives.

You can count on Rae, whose father is Senegalese, and Orji, whose family hails from Nigeria, to weave in the awkwardness of their experiences as first-gen kids into the dramedy.

Delight in Rae’s success by watching the teaser for highly anticipated Insecure below.

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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