Ok y’all, this next author is my all-time fav. And her book? Worth. it.
Hailed (by me, and many others…but mainly me), as being part of the burgeoning talent of this decade, Issa Rae, a director, producer, actor, and author, made headlines with her YouTube hit-series The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl.
The web-series catapulted Rae to stardom, and led to her first book, an autobiography named after her web-series (which was also based on her life).
Now if you haven’t watched the series, do me a favor and get off this blog post, onto YouTube and prepare to fall in love.
I guarantee you’ll be hooked after the first episode. You’re welcome.
That’s exactly what happened to me when I stumbled upon the author’s web-series while searching for indie and black produced content.
Call it divine intervention, but surely it was fated that it came into my life when it did.
I was craving content that actually featured realblack characters, lifestyles, and experiences, not the fake ones with monolithic personalities and storylines – and that’s what Rae gives you.
That and so much more.
Once you’ve marveled at how entertaining and hilarious the web-series version of her life is, you’ll come to admire her real-life autobiography.
It details real accounts of the author’s upbringing, helping you to understand just how this self-proclaimed awkward Queen came to be.
Real Life Ain’t Like the Movies, This Shit Is Actually Hard
What I admire about Rae is her sheer honesty, especially about her younger years. Growing up, life wasn’t pretty.
Whether she was too black for the white kids, or too white for blacks (story of my life!), Rae stood out, always falling in her own category.
Rae struggled with almost everything there was struggle with: love, body issues, the clashing of US black cultural and her own, internet drama, embarrassment, hair and the obvious theme, awkwardness.
And yet, Rae’s infectious sense of humor, keen observations, and uniqueness managed to keep her head just above the bullshit.
Personally, I found reading Rae’s autobiography extremely comforting. Hearing her story helped me to embrace my own awkwardness.
Although I’m only 23 years-old, I feel like I’ve endured my share of embarrassing, challenging, yet humbling life-experiences that has created the person I am today.
There’d be times when life seemed so depressing, I’d dream myself into a future that was the complete opposite of my reality. That made living in my reality harder than it had to be.
Through what I can only recognize as a spiritual awakening I believe I’m still journeying through, I’ve come to completely accept, and am even grateful for this unique and crazy path.
It’s molded me into this person speaking to you now, and I’m proud of her. I own her and all her quirks and zeal.
Rae didn’t teach me that, but she showed me that it can be done.
Own Your Story
It’s not easy to embrace the not-so-pretty-parts of yourself, or your story, but once you read Rae’s book and then see her massive success, then maybe you’ll begin to see how plausible ownership really is.
I really don’t want to give too much away from this book though.
As I mentioned before, she has amazing observation skills and as a result includes social commentary encompassing black norms, identities, and even addresses the notion of black women being “the least desirable demographic in the dating pool” by challenging it (hands down my favorite chapter).
Rae’s an incredible mind who’s seriously making a name for herself, and others following loyally in her footsteps.
Go out and get the book, you’ll be glad you did.