The story follows Amandla Stenberg’s character Starr, the only witness to the murder of her unarmed friend Khalil at the hands of a white cop. Khalil is vilified in the press, while his murder sparks national outcry. Meanwhile, Starr is the only person who knows what really happened, and this knowledge throws her community into upheaval and puts her and her family’s lives in danger. The book is a damning commentary on police brutality and the treatment of people of color in US society.
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Rae will play April, an activist who helps Starr articulate what she saw and fight for justice.
Horrified by the mounting deaths of unarmed African Americans at the hands of law enforcement, including Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, and Sandra Bland to only name a few, Thomas wrote a short story for her creative writing class at Belhaven University.
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The story evolved into a novel a year after Thomas reached out to literary agent Brook Sherman on Twitter. Balzer + Bray won a bidding war fought by no less than 13 publishing houses, and Thomas signed a two-book deal.
Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Algee Smith, Lamar Johnson, and Sabrina Carpenter are also set to feature in the film.
We can’t get enough of Issa Rae. From her humble beginnings with YouTube show Awkward Black Girl to her New York Times bestselling memoir ‘Misadventures of Awkward Blackgirl’ to her hit HBO show ‘Insecure’ everything she touches turns to gold. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for Issa and her friends this season!
‘Insecure’ follows Issa, her boyfriend Lawrence and best friend Molly as they muddle through their haywire day to day lives. While the trope of dissatisfied twenty-somethings has been done to death in the world of sitcoms, it has been noted numerous times that ‘Insecure’ is a breath of fresh air due to the fact that ir “features more black people than otherwise exist across the entire rest of HBO’s programming — and never shies away from that fact.’
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Rae has said there is a “notion that there’s a universal way to be black.It’s been portrayed throughout media and has been accepted by mainstream media, [but] what does that mean if you’re not ‘black enough?’ Does that mean that I don’t fit into this box? I always find the humor in that because you can’t escape being black – it’s who you are.”
According to Vox, Rae’s show ‘wants to… tell the story of black people living, loving, and fucking up like dozens of shows starring white people have gotten to for years.’
The new season sees Issa and Lawrence coming to terms with being single, while Molly’s story line deals with her career and mental health and received a stellar review from Vox- “With sharp writing, acting, and some gorgeous directing on their side, everyone on Insecure feels like a fully formed person, making everything the characters do — no matter how seemingly banal — endlessly compelling.”