The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl College Tour stopped at UMD last night
It was AMAZING! ISSA RAE IS AMAZING!
The event featured Issa Rae and Madison Shockley, who plays Fred. Even though I was hoping to see White Jay.
After watching the first 5 episodes there was a Q&A. She was naturally hilarious and very open to answering countless awkward questions. Even though she claims to be made up of only 30% awkwardness compared to her character. She discussed building a series / episode, funding, casting, moving to a major network, network execs who have a completely skewed idea of what appeals to black audiences. An exec, considering her show for a major network, actually suggested that a “Lauren London Type” play the main character instead. Needless to say she didn’t take that offer or any other offer. Her biggest goal would be creative control on a network like HBO. When Season 2 begins we can expect to see more about interracial dating though she stated that outside of her character she has never experienced interracial dating. Basically, it was a good night. She was inspiring and genuine. I couldn’t have asked for more.
Highlight of the night:
She freestyled. It was hilarious and perfect. Obviously!
If that aint one of the worst pieces of propagated racism I don’t know what the fuck is.
You mean to tell me that my hair, as it grows out of my head isn’t good enough? Fuck is that? You mean I have to chemically alter a part of my body to be ‘professional’?
Fuck is that?
It’s that ol’ bullshit. That’s what.
#Iwishaniggawould step to me talmbout I didn’t get the job because I don’t look professional enough, or I’m not upholding the ‘company image’.
What does it mean to tell me that my natural hair isn’t professional? It means me in my natural state of being, isn’t ‘professional’, and that is an attack on my person.
All I know is, I don’t see not one white girl chemically destroying her hair to look more ‘professional’. So if her hair is fine just the way it grows, why isn’t mine?
It’s just such an insidious mindset.
Because then you’ve got black people talking shit to other black people about it which I sometimes think is more hurtful because you’re expecting to be supported at least by your own kind, but nah it just turns into a fucking mess.
That whole thing really bugs me. I just want to take some fucking company to court over that shit.