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Why Issa Rae Is Truly An Awesome Black Girl

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Why Issa Rae Is Truly An Awesome Black Girl

BY KELLEY L. CARTER

ON THE EVE OF HER NEXT MOVIE, LITTLE, ISSA RAE RETRACES HER JOURNEY TO FEELING BEAUTIFUL IN NEW ORLEANS

Issa Rae laughs mightily—it’s a ringing laugh that may be familiar to viewers of her hit HBO show, Insecure. It’s the laugh we get when she’s nailing her impeccable comedic timing while in character, except that this laugh is unscripted. As her current fit of giggles starts to settle into a melodic minor scale, Rae is being her most authentic self: part brainy, part silly and playful, and wholeheartedly confident. That absolute confidence is a gorgeous thing to behold, especially when the playful part of it is winning out, as Rae launches into a story about her current quandary: a delightful take on her growing fame and the physical transformation happening right before our eyes.

Someone, she says, had tweeted something that made her see herself in a way that she hadn’t quite allowed herself to before. While on location in New Orleans, where her mother hails from and she’s shooting the romantic comedy The Lovebirds, she says, “In my mind I’m just like, I’ve got to lose weight. I’ve been wanting to lose weight …

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