For Us By Us: Atlanta & Insecure

With the end of summer nearing and fall upcoming that only means one thing, Football is back. But besides that there are a couple new shows that I wanted to highlight. The intelligence of the television viewer is ever increasing. And with that audiences want to see shows that are a reflection of them. Shows aren't allowed to get away with typecasting and generalizing characters, genders, races, and cultures the way they used to. Audiences aren't wasting time on these generic shows. They want programming with depth and story, Shows that are a reflection of their life and struggles, happiness and failures. Shows with characters that look, act, and talk like them. That is what both Atlanta (FX) and Insecure (HBO) are doing. Hopefully this trends continues not only on television cable networks, but across all platforms. Its good to see faces like mine and my friends when watching TV or a movie.

Donald Glover created and stars in the series as Ernest "Earn" Marks. It also stars Brian Tyree Henry, as Paper Boi (Earn's Cousin), Keith Stanfield, as Darius (Earn's Friend), Zazie Beetz, Earn's best friend and Mother of his child. All these characters are more than what they have been typically portrayed as. They are more than just "a rapper" or "drug dealer" or "baby mama". They are people, with depth and intellect. Glover says in an article with Vulture.com, "I wanted to show white people, you don’t know everything about black culture". The Atlanta writing staff is completely Black, re-emphasizing the need for real Black voices to be heard. Not just one Black writer, but from multiple perspectives and experiences. Because everyone's experience is different and their own. It will be exciting to see how people react to the show when it premieres and how it is received not only in the Black community, but the mainstream as well.

More articles about Donald Glover and Atlanta

"Atlanta is an upcoming American single-camera, semi-autobiographical comedy series created by and starring Donald Glover. The series is about two cousins navigating their way in the Atlanta rap scene in an effort to improve their lives and the lives of their families The 10-episode season is set to premiere on FX beginning September 6, 2016."

And another promo for Atlanta for you to enjoy.

Insecure was created by and stars Issa Rae. She is well know for her hit Youtube series The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl. From what I've been told and read, Insecure seems to be an extension of the hit web series. It is going to be a first for a Woman of Color to not only star but also be the creative behind the scenes.

The Los Angeles Times writes "The half-hour series explores the friendship between two African American women who deal with their sometimes stormy relationship while also grappling with conflicts inside and outside black culture. Much of the humor has a raw flavor, and does not hold back on sexually frank situations and dialogue."

I think this show will provide someone that many Black Women and Women of Color can relate to. It is rare that a Woman and even rarer that a Woman of Color to be front and center in television on a major network.

Here are a few articles about Issa and her new show.

Bustle.com

USA Today

Los Angeles Times

CNN.com

 

"Oct. 9 at 10:30PM, something extraordinary and new is coming to HBO. Watch the half-hour comedy series Insecure, starring Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis and Lisa Joyce, that looks at the friendship, experiences and tribulations of two black women."