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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.

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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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