The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa RaeIn the bestselling tradition of Sloan Crosley’s I Was Told There’d Be Cake and Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a collection of humorous essays on what it’s like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits, and black as cool.
My name is “J” and I’m awkward—and black. Someone once told me those were the two worst things anyone could be. That someone was right. Where do I start?
Being an introvert in a world that glorifies cool isn’t easy. But when Issa Rae, the creator of the Shorty Award–winning hit series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” is that introvert—whether she’s navigating love, work, friendships, or “rapping”—it sure is entertaining. Now, in this debut collection of essays written in her witty and self-deprecating voice, Rae covers everything from cybersexing in the early days of the Internet to deflecting unsolicited comments on weight gain, from navigating the perils of eating out alone and public displays of affection to learning to accept yourself—natural hair and all.
A reflection on her own unique experiences as a cyber pioneer yet universally appealing, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is a book no one—awkward or cool, black, white, or other—will want to miss.
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Issa Rae has taken Hollywood by storm over the past few years. With all of the sucess Rae has received, many are probably wondering how she got her start? The series followed a woman who must navigate the struggles of day-to-day awkwardness she constantly comes across. The series only had a few episodes and was just something Issa Rae used to express her creativity and something she did whenever she had a little free time. Without knowing how much of an overnight sensation this series would turn into, Issa Rae and her co-producer Tracy Oliver realized they had created something special and decided to raise money in order to keep the series going. With all of the success Rae was receiving from her web series, she began creating other projects that starred and shined positive lights on people of color.
Throughout the evening of Feb. For Rae, success didn't come overnight, nor was her path resistance-free. And then she left, so there was a void. I really enjoyed acting, but being behind the scenes directing and producing and building something from the ground up really appealed to me. The series caught on at universities such as Duke, Howard and Harvard.