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Artist Of The Week: Issa Rae

Artist Of The Week: Issa Rae

September 5, 2017 | D&L

We are always behind influencers who want to make a difference in the world through creativity and empowering projects, so when we heard that Issa Rae was talking on the subject of creating a Gossip Girl series for a young black audience, we just had to bring more light to the subject.

In case you missed it, the creator of HBO comedy, Insecure, had a lot to say about the idea of a new TV show that focuses on the teenage years for black children and the importance of them having people they can relate to on their screens, especially if they do not have any in a physical sense.

“Think 90210 or Gossip Girl for black kids,” she said. “I don’t think since, I would say, Moesha have we followed the lives of black teens,” and she’s right.

There are many programmes that focus on the lives of black family life – which is great – but when it comes to drawing in on our favourite past programmes such as Moesha, Sister Sister and Smart Guy, it’s always a nostalgic feeling when they are mentioned because they are becoming a thing of the past.

Not to say that we weren’t fans of the American drama series of Gossip Girl, featuring stars such as Blake Lively (Serena van der Woodsen) and Leighton Meester (Blake Waldorf), but we live in a time where there is more opportunity for TV series that represent the every day trials and life matters black teenagers face, as well as providing continuous role models for young black audiences to look up to.

So following that, who else is behind Issa Rae’s Gossip Girl idea? We sure are!

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