Issa Rae Drops ‘Hella Gems’ on Season Two of Insecure


Since Insecure premiered on HBO last year, it has been taking the world by storm. And it’s with good reason. Issa Rae has created a masterpiece that resonates with young black Millennials. Season two proves why Insecure is a show that deserves all the awards and accolades. It’s funny, quirky, sexy, and real as fuck. Every time I watch it, I feel like Issa Rae is taking a page out of my diary to write the script. What makes Insecure so good are the gems and knowledge Issa drops on us every episode. Season two was filled with hella gems that had me thinking a lot about my life as a young black woman, personally and professionally. Let me you get into the gems Issa dropped on us.

Black Women and the Wage Gap

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One of the biggest things that bothered me in season two was Molly’s (Yvonne Orji) treatment at work. During the season Molly found out that one of her white male co-workers, who has not been working at the firm as long as she has, was getting paid way more than she was. Of course, Molly was not too happy when she found out. Instead of throwing a fit, she decides to take on more cases to prove to her supervisors that she is an asset to the firm and her good work needs to reflect her check. When she tries to ask for a raise, her white male supervisors hit her with, “We’ll revisit this another time.” I could have punched my TV when I saw that. It’s sad that although Molly is great at doing her job and way better than her white male counterparts, she still can’t get equal or better pay. It’s disappointing, but the sad truth. Issa Rae put this gem into the season because black women face being afforded equal pay every day. We are not recognized for our hard work and when we try to receive recognition, it gets tossed to the side and becomes a subject we are focused to talk about at a later time. Molly’s lack of equal pay and recognition shows that the hardest thing to be in the workforce is a black woman. It’s even worse if you’re a college educated black woman. Equal pay for black women needs to happen and fast. We, too, are good at what we do, if not better. Our checks need to reflect!

Black People Can’t Be Racist

At the beginning of the season, viewers see Issa and her coworker Frieda (Lisa Joyce) struggling to get more students to join the after-school program for the nonprofit organization they work for, We Got Y’all. After discussing her concerns with the principal, who is African-American, more and more students start to show up, the majority of them black. As the season progresses, it upsets Frieda. She claims that Issa is failing to include other races because she’s discriminating students who aren’t black. At first, Issa brushes her claims off but then realizes that she wasn’t including other races in the program.

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The whole situation proves that white people feel some type of way when black people only want to include black people like they don’t do the same thing. If I were in Issa’s shoes, I would have brushed off her claims and kept it pumping. Sometimes, as black people, we just want our people to feel included without it being an issue. We’re not racist if we don’t include everyone. We’re just down for our people in a way you’ll never understand.

Black Women Settle Too Much

Settling was a huge theme this season, specifically in love and relationships. Issa tackles this theme head on with several characters. Let’s start with Tasha (Dominique Perry). All in season one, she flirted with Lawrence, knowing he had a girlfriend. The moment he calls her after he finds out Issa cheated on him, Tasha has sex with him (good sex if I might add). She lets Lawrence spend the weekend with her, but he never takes out. They just stay locked up in her apartment having sex. She continues to let Lawrence come and go as he pleases in hopes of something developing between the two outside of them just having sex. For example, she invites him her family cookout but he doesn’t stay and ends up having sex with Issa. Before Tasha breaks it off with Lawrence, it’s clear she wanted more, but she settled. She settled for being the rebound chick so she didn’t have to lose Lawrence. Tasha wanted him in any way she could so being his f**k buddy was the only way to keep him.

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On the other hand, we have Molly. She was all over the place this season like she was last season.  She is very adamant about finding a man who is fits her standards the whole season. She meets Lionel (Sterling K. Brown), who is exactly fits her mold but she says he’s too boring and not her type. Molly then decides to start having a sexual relationship with her childhood friend, Dro (Sarunas J. Jackson), who claims he’s in an open marriage. Deep down, she knows what she is doing with Dro is wrong, so she ends things with him and starts having sex with her colleague (Lil Rel Hower). A few days later, Molly is right back with Dro. She settles for Dro and other men in her life who just aren’t right for her because she’s afraid of being alone.

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As black women, we settle exactly like Molly and Tasha because the idea of being alone is worse than being in a messy situationship. It’s sad that black women settle so much just for temporary happiness. It’s something we need to get a hold of or we’ll never know what it’s like to fully and truly love ourselves. Settling is not and should not be an option. I pray Molly gets that through her head next season.

Forgiveness is Crucial

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At the end of the season two finale, Issa and Lawrence have a long overdue talk about how their relationship went downhill. It ends with the two of them saying goodbye and closing the chapter on their relationship. The conversation might not have happened if the both of them didn’t forgive each other and themselves. The same notion applies to Molly learning about her dad cheating on her mom.

Forgiveness is key in life. The only way you can move forward from things that hurt you or regrets you have made is to let go and take the necessary steps to stop holding a grudge.

Ain’t Nothing Like Black Friendship

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The reason I love Insecure so much is how Issa depicts black friendship. On the show, we see a group of young black educated, successful, and not no successful men and women. Each of them has qualities of every black friend you have in your circle. For example, Molly is the bougie friend who gets dick down often and then you have Chad, the friend that’s down for whatever you do, no matter how crazy it sounds. Seeing black friendship blossom on TV in true Millennial form is heartwarming. It reminds me of my friends and how crazy we get when we’re together and how stupid we must sound to people who don’t understand black vernacular. Outsiders may not get it, but there is nothing like a good ki-ki or turn up session with a group of black friends. It’s a whole other side of our culture that you couldn’t possibly understand.

Insecure season two had some of the best moments in TV this year. From the Issa eye incident to Lawrence’s threesome, Issa Rae has proven she is one hell of a writer, comedian, and executive producer. I am so glad she is using Insecure as a platform for black people. We need shows that show an actual depiction of our lives, not the mess you see on Love and Hip-Hop. Issa, girl, you never cease to amaze me. I can’t wait for season three so you can drop some more gems on us.


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