Issa Rae of HBO's Insecure gives us her best dating tips to embrace our awkwardness

Issa Rae of HBO's Insecure gives us her best dating tips to embrace our awkwardness

Issa Rae remembers the first time she felt insecure.

As a sixth-grader at a predominantly black middle school in Los Angeles, her peers taunted her for acting and talking “like a white girl.”

“It was kind of jarring to be like, ‘What? I’m just talking, and I’m obviously black,’ ” Rae says. “That definitely caused me to question what the definition of blackness was to people, like, if I didn’t fit into that box, what box did I fit in?”

Those inhibitions went on to inform Rae’s web series Awkward Black Girl, which she has adapted into HBO’s Insecure (Sunday, 10:30 p.m. ET/PT). In the half-hour comedy, Rae plays a socially inept young woman (also named Issa) living with her banal, unemployed boyfriend (Jay Ellis) in South L.A. On the cusp of 30, and feeling empowered by her more successful best friend (Yvonne Orji), Issa sets out to improve both her love life and job at a priggish non-profit called We Got Y’all.

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