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Hot Shots: Issa Rae Dresses Up As 90’s Sitcom Stars For GQ Magazine

Anyone else waiting for the third season of Insecure? While many fans anticipate the release of the hit TV show in August, Issa Rae is out there channeling her inner Moesha, Fresh Prince and more, for the latest issue of GQ Magazine.

 

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In the June 2018 GQ feature, The 33-year-old Insecure creator and TV star reveals that an inspiration for creating Insecure was watching the sitcoms she grew up on, shows with predominantly black casts like Living Single and A Different World, disappear from television— a void that no one seemed inclined to fill.

 

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Growing up in Los Angeles, where her father, a doctor from Senegal, had a practice in Inglewood, Rae would frequently recognize her own neighborhood in movies like Love and Basketball and on shows like Girlfriends. Then that stuff just vanished. “The takeaway was ‘Agh, black people are so dope. Where are they at on TV right now? Now I want my own version.”

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Martin Shoeller

 

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