‘Insecure’ Issa Rae Just Pitched a Black ‘Gossip Girl’ And We're So Here for It

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Insecure creator and star Issa Rae has the best idea for a new TV show. Think: black Gossip Girl.

In a short video for the New Yorker (watch below), Issa laid out her entire concept for the show and it needs to happen asap. Basically, it would be the black version of Gossip Girl or 90210 — so, a bunch of rich black kids getting into shenanigans. Why hasn’t this happened yet?

She already has two of her major characters laid out. One’s named Lil’ Richie, who’s totally over being rich and wants more to life. And then there would, of course, be a slutty female character because who cares about the goodie-goodies? Even Blair Waldorf went bad season one.

Unfortunately, the likelihood of this actually coming to fruition is slim. As Issa pointed out,

“I don’t think since, I would say, like Moesha, have we followed the lives of black teens.”

We certainly haven’t followed the lives of well-off black teens. Let’s be real — most shows with a group of black friends feature characters from low-income backgrounds. Think Boston Public circa 2000. Can we maybe not solely have black characters on TV that fulfill stereotypes?

And sure, there have been characters here and there that don’t just check the boxes (there was briefly a character on The Fosters, a wealthy black neighbor boy named Logan whom Mariana has a crush on.) But a whole show dedicated to that? I can’t think of many (or any).

So if anyone out there has a boatload of money and is looking for a project to fund, look into Issa Rae’s Ladera Heights 90041.


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Lena Finkel
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella and The Feminist Health Source. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and The Challenge. When she's not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her taking an absurd amount of photos of her tuxedo cat Tom.