The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa RaeIn the bestselling tradition of Sloan Crosley’s I Was Told There’d Be Cake and Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a collection of humorous essays on what it’s like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits, and black as cool.
My name is “J” and I’m awkward—and black. Someone once told me those were the two worst things anyone could be. That someone was right. Where do I start?
Being an introvert in a world that glorifies cool isn’t easy. But when Issa Rae, the creator of the Shorty Award–winning hit series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” is that introvert—whether she’s navigating love, work, friendships, or “rapping”—it sure is entertaining. Now, in this debut collection of essays written in her witty and self-deprecating voice, Rae covers everything from cybersexing in the early days of the Internet to deflecting unsolicited comments on weight gain, from navigating the perils of eating out alone and public displays of affection to learning to accept yourself—natural hair and all.
A reflection on her own unique experiences as a cyber pioneer yet universally appealing, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is a book no one—awkward or cool, black, white, or other—will want to miss.
Who Is Issa Rae and How Did She Become Famous?
Although she comes across rather cool and composed in person, Issa Rae will be the first to tell you that she basically is Awkward Black Girl. Fortunately for her, the outlet she created to channel her most mortifying moments has only gained in popularity since debuting in the spring of Of course, all the attention has also brought the filmmaker more things to feel awkward about. The impact of that disruption stayed with her. Years later, while studying film writing in college, she would draw from her experiences as a black student at Stanford for her first web series, Dorm Diaries. The Office -style college mockumentary was shot on essentially zero budget while she was still in school. It quickly made its way around campus through friends, and then on to other colleges.
Throughout the evening of Feb. For Rae, success didn't come overnight, nor was her path resistance-free. And then she left, so there was a void. I really enjoyed acting, but being behind the scenes directing and producing and building something from the ground up really appealed to me. The series caught on at universities such as Duke, Howard and Harvard. Many of the women in attendance seemed to have been long awaiting someone such as Issa Rae to speak about their experiences, one ignored by mainstream entertainment.
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I t feels fitting that I first meet Issa Rae in a corridor: a long, empty, beige-carpeted limbo upstairs in a Los Angeles hotel. An early episode of her cult web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl , hinged on just such micro-anxieties — with Rae fretting over office etiquette as a vague acquaintance approaches her down a hallway. What am I supposed to do with my face?
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Rae, 31, is instantly warm, not to mention a great hugger. News of her HBO deal broke that summer, and then, with the exception of her memoir, she disappeared from public view. Reviews of the series have been enthusiastic. The network has given her a two-year first-look production deal to develop the projects of other writers of color. Her book is a chronicle of not fitting in with white peers or being black enough for black peers — from Potomac, Maryland, to Dakar, Senegal, where she spent parts of her childhood, and finally where she considers home, Inglewood, California. This black is serious.