1. Bustle: Issa Rae Has More To Do
Firstly, BEAUTIFUL PICTURES OF ISSA RAE! I honestly love the photography from celebrity profiles so much, especially when a Black woman is featured!
I host a biweekly reading group for women, non-binary, and trans people of color, and for the past month or so we have focused on relationships of all kinds—friends, lovers, families, etc.—from a predominantly decolonial perspective. I ravenously watched the fourth season of Issa Rae’s Insecure when it came out in the spring, and I can’t stop thinking about it. The central relationship in that season is between Rae’s character Issa and her best friend Molly (played by Yvonne Orji), whose friendship faced mounting tension in the previous season. I kept thinking of Molly and Issa during our reading discussions. I kept thinking of how, as Rae explains in this interview, “nobody respects friendship breakups in the same way as you respect a romantic breakup, but they affect your life, and you take them for granted, and there was something so beautiful about examining the little paper cuts, which almost hurt more.”
In conversation with Elaine Welteroth, Rae speaks about the latest season of Insecure, friendship breakups, voting, and ever-changing metrics of success. These subjects gave me a lot to think about, but I’m also still thinking about Issa and Molly.