Pioneers Issa Rae and Maxwell are in the news

Issa Rae
Issa Rae

Issa Rae is not your traditional Hollywood star from celluloid. It seems appropriate that in this age of non-traditional media and disruption that a star was born from the internet. Rae came from YouTube. 

She had a series on YouTube entitled “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl”. This followed J the “black and awkward” main heroine through different love interests, work situations and social interactions. 

Issa’s series went viral. She got over a quarter of a million subscribers. Is it really any surprise that an innovative network like HBO sought out a fellow innovator like Issa Rae

HBO has given the world innovative shows like Curb your enthusiasm, The Wire, Deadwood, Game of Thrones and The Sopranos. Now they are behind Issa Rae with her critically acclaimed show “Insecure”. It follows the African American experience in LA through funny situations but deals with the broader theme  that black people can’t “escape being black” and sometimes have to deal with uncomfortable situations.

Singer Maxwell inspired Twitter controversy over recent comments. Maxwell tweeted #blackblueredwhitebeigehistory. This was a nod to the all lives matter side. Some supporters of the black lives matter movement took offense that Maxwell did this especially during black history month. 

Both are in the news for different reasons!