'Insecure' Star Issa Rae Says 'Black Women Are Essential To My Life'

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The showrunner also teased fans about what's ahead for season two.

Insecure creator and star Issa Rae has created a hit for HBO, a critically-acclaimed show that features a Black woman as its lead and a series that tells the story of young Black 20-somethings. 

During a panel for Deadline's annual Contenders Emmys at the DGA Theater, Rae teased a little about what's next for the series and creating a show that focused on Black female friendship. 

Discussing what she wanted to so with the series, the people and places depicted, the actress revealed, "I knew that I wanted to have a show set in L.A, I knew that I wanted to highlight specific parts of L.A. that I hadn’t seen demonstrated in the most positive light in the last couple of years and I wanted to make South L.A. sexy."

She continued that she also wanted to put Black women at the center of the series, saying, "I think for such a long time, I just was not seeing great black female friendships on television. It was constantly about tearing one another down or throwing shade. There are elements of that, but for the most part, black women are essential to my life."

The showrunner also teased what's ahead for season two of Insecure, although, she's keeping the best bits under wraps. 

"I think with Season 2, we’re picking up where we left off, and we’re exploring just what it looks like when everyone’s doing what they’re supposed to be doing. When you’re single, what are you supposed to be doing? When someone tells you you need therapy, what are you supposed to be doing? Without giving too much away, I always tell people to imagine, if your friends had been in the scenarios at the end of Season 1, what would they do, or what would you do? That’s probably how Season 2 will play out."

Season two of Insecure is set to premiere July 23 on HBO.

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