Issa Rae Wants To Change The Way You View Black People
Issa Rae's hit show Insecure has showcased black women in a way that many people are not used to seeing. She did not fetishize any of the black characters or use the “angry black woman” cliche. The black women on Insecure have dimension, depth and meaning beyond the black stereotypes. Issa Rae has been showcasing a different kind of Black women on screen and now wants to focus on the portrayal of darker skin women. In a recent Teen Vogue interview, Rae spoke about darker-skinned Black women and the stereotypical roles they play.
“Dark-skinned women still portray a certain archetype and I want to change that. They’re either super strong, emotionless, robotic — or hyper-sexual, and you don’t get the in-between very much.”
Natasha Rothwell (who plays Kelli on Insecure) appreciates the new characterization of black and brown women portrayed on Insecure.
"My character brings a lot of the comedy to the show, but she's not a caricature," she shared. "She's grounded, she's thoughtful, she has feelings and emotions that she wants to express in supporting her friends. And you'll see more of that this season."
Insecure has given women of color a chance to see their own lives represented in a realistic way. The demand for more diverse character portrayals for women of color is something that Hollywood will not be able to ignore.