Fall TV 2016 – Q &A with Issa Rae, the Star of HBO’s ‘Insecure’

Issa Rae used her own life as inspiration for HBO’s new series ‘Insecure.’

Funny, profane, and one of the best new series of the fall – and on TV, period – Insecure is available with XFINITY On Demand now, nearly two weeks before its Oct. 9 premiere. What are the challenges you’ve had pitching your shows to networks? Networks haven’t outright said no to diversity. It’s been more trying to convince [them] that people of color are relatable. [Insecure] is not a hood story. It’s just regular black people living life. And HBO [got it]. Race relations in our country are pretty bad. Can you talk about the timing of this coming out and what’s going on in the world? I think it’s helpful in the way that you watch this and you realize that black people are human. Black people go through the same experiences as everybody else. I think with this show, it’s just an opportunity to take our mind off of things, but also realize at the end of the day, we are all the same. How do you feel that most of the questions about your show and diversity are from white critics? It’s all about starting the conversation. As long as you watch, I’m good.