” Respectfully, ‘Awkward Black Girl’ was never meant to be politically correct. We poke fun at ignorance. “


” My first web series, ‘Dorm Diaries,’ was a realistic mockumentary about what it was like to be black at Stanford University. I’m black and I went to Stanford. Boom. Easy. “


” There’s so many, ‘no, black people aren’t like that’ barriers in mainstream media. “


” I don’t think the mainstream media understands people of color are multidimensional. For some reason, there’s an idea that only white people are relatable. I don’t think it’s necessarily racist. But it’s odd, because the people who watch the most television are black women, so we should be represented in more ways. “


” The black characters on TV are the sidekicks, or they’re insignificant. You could put all the black sidekicks on one show, and it would be the most boring, one-dimensional show ever. Even look at the black women on ‘Community’ and ‘Parks and Recreation’ – they are the archetype of the large black women on television. Snide and sassy. “


” I would love ‘Awkward Black Girl’ to be on television, with the right team of people who understand and get it. If ‘Awkward Black Girl’ could make it to HBO starring a dark-skinned black girl, that would be revolutionary. “


” Every black film feels like it’s Tyler Perry, and that just needs to stop. But people seem to slowly be looking for what else is out there – ‘Is there something else besides this type of humor?’ ‘I’m tired of seeing men in dresses. “


” Black and awkward is the worst, because black people are stereotyped as being anything but awkward in mainstream media… Black people are always portrayed to be cool or overly dramatic, anything but awkward. “


” I never really had to put much thought into my race, and neither did anybody else. I knew I was black. I knew there was a history that accompanied my skin color, and my parents taught me to be proud of it. End of story. “


” Who I was was not acceptable to black L.A. youth: the way I spoke and my sense of humor. Everybody else had relaxers and pressed hair. I wore my hair in an Afro puff. Nappy. The way I dressed. It was all about name brands at the time in L.A. I had no idea. All those things, I failed miserably at. “


” Growing up as a young black girl in Potomac, Maryland was easy. I had a Rainbow Coalition of friends of all ethnicities, and we would carelessly skip around our elementary school like the powerless version of Captain Planet’s Planeteers. “


” As a teenager, my blackness was also questioned by some of the life choices I made that weren’t considered to be ‘black’ choices. For example, joining the swim team when it is a known fact that ‘black folk don’t swim’, or choosing to become a vegetarian when blacks clearly love chicken. “



All 12 Issa Rae Quotes about Black in picture


Respectfully,
My first web series,


There
I don
The black characters on TV are the sidekicks, or they
I would love
Every black film feels like it
Black and awkward is the worst, because black people are stereotyped as being anything but awkward in mainstream media... Black people are always portrayed to be cool or overly dramatic, anything but awkward.
I never really had to put much thought into my race, and neither did anybody else. I knew I was black. I knew there was a history that accompanied my skin color, and my parents taught me to be proud of it. End of story.
Who I was was not acceptable to black L.A. youth: the way I spoke and my sense of humor. Everybody else had relaxers and pressed hair. I wore my hair in an Afro puff. Nappy. The way I dressed. It was all about name brands at the time in L.A. I had no idea. All those things, I failed miserably at.
Growing up as a young black girl in Potomac, Maryland was easy. I had a Rainbow Coalition of friends of all ethnicities, and we would carelessly skip around our elementary school like the powerless version of Captain Planet
As a teenager, my blackness was also questioned by some of the life choices I made that weren
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