I Love Awkward Black Girl
I can dance. I like my job (well, I work for myself so I BETTER!). And I don’t have an unrequited crush (unless you want to count my love for Idris Elba. I LOVE HE SO!). However, I still think I’m an awkward black girl (with skinny girl problems). I wasn’t always comfortable in my skin. I don’t think I REALLY dug who I was until college, so the awkward black girl struggle was real within me And this is why I LOVE Issa Rae, the Awkward Black Girl. I got introduced to her series a couple of weeks ago and I watched every episode she’d made in one sitting.
Issa Rae plays Awkward Black Girl, who goes by the name “J.” She works at some company with one racially ambiguous co-worker who says offensive shit all the time but gets away with it because he’s mixed with everything. She has a crush on this dude named Fred, who seems to send her mixed messages. And her office archnemesis is always on Fred’s steeze, trying to make her jealous. And her BFF is a cute little chick who works with her and is just as awkward, but less aware of her awkwardness. Cliff notes: this series rocks.
The first time I watched it, I straight up GUFFAWED! It was sooo funny. Watch this episode of J going to Fred’s birthday party. Chile…
I think what Issa Rae and crew are doing here is genius. And hilarious. And poignant. And relatable. They rock my socks, for realsies.
Oh and Awkward Black Girl is raising money to finance the show’s production. Issa Rae and her team are trying to raise $30,000 by August 11th. They’re almost halfway there so take a look at their Kickstarter fundraiser page. If you’re a fan, throw them a couple of coins if you can afford it. Nothing is too small. You can even donate $1.
So have you watched this series? Whatcha think? Did you cackle at Awkward Black Girl and Fred an’em?