Forget HBO's "Girls" & Watch Issa Rae's "Awkward Black Girl" Instead; Season 2 Promo Arrives

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by Tambay A. Obenson
May 25, 2012 4:49 PM
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Go ABG! She's already hung out with Donald Glover (he featured in one episode of ABG); and now guess who dropped by to say hello?

Watch the promo below for season 2 of Issa Rae's immensely popular Awkward Black Girl web series, which will now start airing on Pharrell's YouTube channel called i am OTHER.

Season 2 returns on Thursday, June 14th.

And if I may make a suggestion... instead of lamenting the lack of black faces on Lena Dunham's HBO series Girls, watch ABG, and harrass HBO for not picking up that web series instead. 

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48 Comments

  • Bohemian princess | May 31, 2012 4:25 PMReply

    Just wanted to add that Tracy Oliver (Nina) is now a writer for ABC. Figured thy was newsworthy.

  • Akimbo | May 31, 2012 5:35 PM

    Extremely. What show?

  • Dun | May 31, 2012 12:13 AMReply

    A major network should pick this show up. (not BET)

  • Adam Scott Thompson | June 18, 2012 3:57 PM

    Ha! True, though...

  • Masha Dowell | May 30, 2012 3:37 PMReply

    I love ABG and I am happy that Issa and team are making it happen. Lena inspires me as an director/actor/writer --- LOVED her project "Tiny Furniture"...not so much with "Girls."

  • eshowoman | May 29, 2012 11:33 PMReply

    I am an awkward black woman who loves this show. I am content with the low production values because it will take a miracle for her to get funding without changing her unique vision. Girls is just another bunch of privileged, whining white girls making stupid mistakes and bad choices, it has been done over and over again.

  • CareyCarey | May 27, 2012 2:41 PMReply

    Okay, turn your head... **WHACK-O** ...that was the sound of me bi*ch slappin' some of yawl. Come to think about it, turn around... ***KER-PLUNK*** ...that was the sound of my foot going knee-deep in your ass. "but what did we do Carey?!". Oh shit, where is my big black belt and my taser gun... I know you didn't ask me some dumb sh*t like that, you must think I'm as stupid as those freakin' comments you let fall outta your mouth. That's it, now you want to f*k with me like you did Issa Rae and ABG and a few commenters. I mean, the sound quality wasn't what one would hear in a Broadway play... and?... it's a freakin' low budget web-series you moron. And please, who said Issa's rap song was her final presentation for an upcoming rap-off on American Idol? Damn, it had a specific purpose and I think it killed it. But wait, why was this compared to "Girls" in the first place? Oh... maybe I should whoop Tambay with my big black belt. Yep, he was the big black instigator! Now he certainly knows why HBO didn't get behind this series, so he was just starting mess. But wait, a person can get in big trouble for slapping people and kicking them in their ass, so Mark & Darla get my double dong award. Hell, Shelley simply said she looks for black entertainment, but she's not fooling herself. For her taste, although she tunes in, this web series leave something to be desired. Hell, I'm left wanting after most of the shows I watch (even my favorites). But noooooooo, Mark & Darla found reason to bust up in here talkin' all stupid and shit. Now, in my opinion, the series is witty, funny, difference, needed, and all that good sh*t. Will I be a "regular" fan? Nope! I'd rather watch reruns of Mr. Brown than watch the awkward black chick talk out of the side of her neck. I mean, she's just not talking to me. So most of her lines ain't funny, nor amusing to me. Come on now, to tell the boy scout's truth, if I had a young impressionable daughter, and I caught her watching this, I know what I would do. First, I'd turn it off. Then we'd talk about the birds and the bees and who to run from. But wait, if she was an aspiring actress or writer, we'd watch it, together.

  • Sandra Also | May 27, 2012 3:29 PM

    CC, some times you make me so mad. Today you made me smile.

  • Leon Breckenridge | May 27, 2012 1:11 PMReply

    Ummm...Girls is better than ABG. I like Issa Rae and ABG but there is why Girls is popular. Written better and acted better. Sorry.

  • BeautyIAM | May 28, 2012 10:36 PM

    @Turner,

    You must be oblivious to the fact that ABG was able to get over 50,000 donations within a few weeks. Also, the show gained a huge following within 5 months of its premier online. Its been featured on CNN TWICE. How did I come to the conclusion that ABG was well written? Its because I found myself RELATING to J and many of the situations. Issa and the other writers didn't pull out random lines out of their butts just for laughs. They created a dialouge that many people (and not just women of color) could relate to. But I don't expect everyone to relate to the show. But I love that I can relate to it. Also, Issa and Tracy (Nina on the show) have been trying to get the show to a wider audience like HBO or Showtime. However, Tracy wrote about the difficulties in getting the show to network television because of the automatic stereotyping some people already had of the show. So before you knock down ABG for not having any money, the least you could do is to respect the fact that they were able to garner enough money and attention for the show.

  • Turner | May 27, 2012 2:29 PM

    I don't see how anyone could come to the conclusion that ABG is well written- seems more like sketch-improv-dialog to me... it works but only to a point. And yeah, it should not be us or them BS...Tambay set that into motion by the title of this post, hence the ridiculous comparisons. ABG is a web series with no money and Girls is on HBO with all that allows...plus one hell of a gifted writer in Ms Dunham.

  • bohemian princess | May 27, 2012 1:20 PM

    Ummm...for starters please don't state your opinion as though it were fact because not everyone agrees. Secondly can we keep the focus on ABG? Does it have to be an "us vs. them" sort of a thing? Jeez!

  • turner | May 27, 2012 8:59 AMReply

    ABG has a novel premise and though the production values as well as the talent of most of the "actors" is poor, Issa Rae has a unique voice. Hopefully she'll get the resources that will support her growth as a writer and producer.

  • Shelley | May 27, 2012 2:05 AMReply

    Even though I watch this web series, I wouldn't consider myself a fan of the show. There's just something about the lead character that I can't really relate to. I'm not into awkward, foul rap singing, but most of all Jay is a bit too passive aggressive for my tastes. Her personality is the complete opposite of mine. I'm more of a tell it like I see it (in polite, respectful way of course) kinda girl whilst she's just the type of person I don't like to interact with in real life -- passive aggressive, never straight forward and open about what they're truly feeling (but who gladly bad mouths you behind your back). I also find Jay's supposed awkwardness a bit contrived. To me she comes across as a really powerful woman trying to downplay her powerfulness for the benefit of the show. The best friend seems more genuinely awkward to me ... but that's just the way I see it. So yeah, before the arrival of Scandal, I watched the show because it's basically the only show in which you have a black female at centre stage, but I don't love it. My intention here is not to knock Issa Rae and what she's doing. I love that she's re-defining the business, doing things her way and gaining a lot recognition for it ... but I'm just saddened at the fact that I'm kinda forced to watch a show that I don't really love because it's pretty much the only piece of entertainment that represents me as a black woman. It's a sad state of affairs on TV (and film) so I guess for now I'll keep watching.

  • Mark & Darla | May 27, 2012 11:18 AM

    So someone put a gun upside your head force you to sit in front of a laptop or a desk pc, telling you (bitch watch this show, bitch you better watch this show, this bitch is tripping you don't like what).

  • starry118 | May 26, 2012 10:32 PMReply

    Yay! Season 2!

  • LegenDeri | May 26, 2012 3:06 PMReply

    Excellent... def. a fan.

  • CJ | May 26, 2012 1:51 AMReply

    I guess I'm the only one not excited. Can someone donate a professional mic and boom poll to this girl? Terrible rap. Lacks creativity. Low production quality. Hated it!

  • Ty | May 27, 2012 8:28 AM

    @CJ I have read a lot of the comments and notice people talking about the production value of this (WEB) series. The people that are creating this show have to find ways to keep cost down; it's still an indie web show.

    I do agree that they could use a better mic. It would have helped out a lot. I would say spend movie on what is really needed. As a Indie filmmaker audio is just as important as lighting.

    I think people are also missing the point of this read. It's a show that has a big following, it stars a black woman who plays a character that doesn't follow the typical black woman mold. That is what make stand out.

    People spend their lives on Youtube to watch cats play the piano, babies talk to each other, bums fighting with some of the crappiest production value on earth, but you still go tell you buddies at work about it and how it made you laugh you ass off. A black woman is creating something different without the backing of HBO, while also landing big stars but we (as a whole) are complaining about the production value. Come on Really!

    Another point I have is this, there are shows (Tera Nova and about ever show on NBC) and movies (Battleship, Green lantern) have huge production values, but have tanked or have been cancelled. I will agree some production value is better than no production value. We (again as a whole) can look past the campy feel, and start noticing the writing, directing and the talent that this show brings from a black woman mind, then we can look past the low production value.

    Also, don't we blacks get sick of seeing the same type of black comedy? I know I am. It's like watching the same White teen movie all the time we already know what is going to happen when we see the see the poster or trailer. Blacks need to make more shows like this (drama, horror, thriller, or comedy) step out of our comfort zone. Steve McQueen did it with 'Shame' and Dee Rees did it with 'Pariah'. Lets support her in what she is dong, and not pick apart the production value. Hell find a way to donate to her and help her production value grow aka KickStater.

    Stop with negativity. It's okay not to like something but there are ways to do it in an uplifting way (That part wasn't to you @CJ).

  • B | May 26, 2012 11:08 PM

    @Shawn: lol. That made me smile.

  • JMac | May 26, 2012 1:49 PM

    Yes, the rap is awkward and black. Maybe go back to the first few episodes and you'll get her vibe. Production value is what I would expect for a web series - not great but not distractingly bad. Still a lot better than the stuff on tv right now.

  • Micah | May 26, 2012 12:52 PM

    CJ no one would deny that the production values are not the best but the show itself can still be entertaining. I appreciate the fact that she is attempting something not frequently found in "black" comedy (awkward and open vulnerability). The rap seemed to be part of the joke. It's unlikely she would using that as a serious musical endeavor. The impression given is her character doesn't realize how out there her raps are but is still slightly embarrassed by them. I'm not saying you don't have some very valid points, I'm just saying give her some credit.

  • Akimbo | May 26, 2012 10:10 AM

    I'm a fan and not really bothered by the production value. I'm more concerned about the direction of the show/story/writing, which peaked at the "white date" episode, then got overrun with painfully cheesy love triangle stuff and some straight up bad episodes (Halloween eps, finale). I hope they're able to be faithful to the "awkward black" part of the title, find a way to make the romance funny (& not melodramatic), and just return to the quality of earlier episodes.

  • Shawn | May 26, 2012 9:07 AM

    Bitches be hating!

  • Yoshi | May 26, 2012 12:10 AMReply

    Yes!!! ABG, The Number, and The Couple are giving me what I need!

  • BeautyIAM | May 26, 2012 1:54 AM

    Yes Yoshi, that is all I need. I'm gonna need you to pass me the popcorn and not hog it as we watch all these shows :)

  • Ash | May 25, 2012 11:46 PMReply

    So the uproar with "Girls" was mainly because the show was marketed as the "voice of our generation" and a show that really "represents young 20-somethings" but it's just a group of upper middle class white chicks living in gentrified Brooklyn. It had more to do with that and less to do with the "lack of black faces" in the show. Everyone's used to that already.

  • B | May 26, 2012 11:07 PM

    Well said! I'm tired of folks interpreting (lazily dismissing) legitimate criticism as a "black people complaining again" moment. The criticism of Girls, from women of color, was/is totally legitimate.

  • B | May 25, 2012 10:40 PMReply

    One of my favorite shows! Can't wait for next season. And I have that one lyric stuck in my head: "I'm awkward and black. Don't believe it? It's fact." Lol. She and the ABG crew are so awesome!

  • B | May 25, 2012 10:44 PM

    Correction: "Doubt it? It's fact."

  • No | May 25, 2012 10:30 PMReply

    Never heard of Issa Rae until now, but isn't she the sort of flavah gal -- awkward & black -- that Lena Dunham should be looking for Girls. Yo, I'm jus' sayin'....

  • the black police | May 25, 2012 7:32 PMReply

    Is it an either-or situation?

    Why does watching ABG have to be in reference to not watching Girls. Y'all are giving this Lena chick too much power. Giving her publicity indirectly. ABG deserves its own post that stands on its own. SMH

  • Dun | May 31, 2012 12:14 AM

    You are right about that.

  • Micah | May 25, 2012 7:26 PMReply

    Lena Dunham is great and all but I'm happy to see Issa getting a little love.

  • Bohemian princess | May 25, 2012 7:16 PMReply

    Love this show. Über excited for the new season.

  • Bohemian princess | May 25, 2012 7:29 PM

    Uber excited.

  • JMac | May 25, 2012 6:56 PMReply

    Lol! Loved the rap. I've subscribed.

  • Lauren | May 25, 2012 6:54 PMReply

    Loved Issa Rae's first season... and I have to be honest, Lena Durham is a very talented writer, no matter who's in her show.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | May 25, 2012 6:30 PMReply

    High for this.

  • katie | May 25, 2012 6:25 PMReply

    "And if I may make a suggestion... instead of lamenting the lack of black faces on Lena Dunham's HBO series Girls, watch ABG, and harrass HBO for not picking up that web series instead. "

    OR we can do both. IJS

  • BluTopaz | May 25, 2012 6:17 PMReply

    can.not. wait

    GO ISSA!!

  • Rozzjack | May 25, 2012 5:46 PMReply

    Kudos for ABG! I love it. You're right Tambay. We don't need to be worried about Lena Dunham putting blacks in her projects. It's not her responsibility to showcase us. It's HBO's responsibility to showcase diverse filmmakers who tell their own stories.

  • the black police | May 25, 2012 7:34 PM

    It unfortunate though because the article is inadvertently "worrying" about Lena's Girls. ABG deserves to shine on its own!

  • Monique A. Williams | May 25, 2012 4:59 PMReply

    A cheer-worthy promo. Fans of the show are definitely geeked for the return. Issa's success feels like OUR success.

  • lvf | May 25, 2012 6:50 PM

    yes!

  • Gigi Young | May 25, 2012 4:59 PMReply

    Yeah, I never understood the controversy over Girls when we've had AWBG waaaay before that show even premiered on HBO.

  • Laura | May 25, 2012 4:58 PMReply

    Will be watching.

  • Mdgg | May 25, 2012 4:58 PMReply

    YES! Been looking forward to this. I'm AWKWARD & BLACK!

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