The Awesomeness of Awkward Black Girl

When it comes to comedy, I tend to steer left of center. I tend to love comedy that’s subversive, quirky, sometimes cringeworthy. I can’t miss Curb Your Enthusiasm, Parks and Recreation, or Community. I think Wyatt Cenac, Donald Glover, and Hannibal Burress are brilliant. Anthony Jeselnik makes me laugh till I cry. I’m a big fan of Louis CK and Idiocracy and Pootie Tang are among my favorite movies. In the kind of comedy I love, women of color are rarely featured. But we can be subversive and quirky and cringeworthy too!

And that’s where Awkward Black Girl comes in.

Awkward Black Girl

Issa Rae = Awkward Black Girl

Created by the beautiful and talented Issa Rae, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is a web series like none other. It’s like…if Daria was a woman of color who worked in an office. But funnier. Don’t believe me? Watch. (Episode 3, The Hallway, is HILARIOUS. And The Dance is one of my favorite episodes). Everything Awkward Black Girl has done so far, has been funny and edgy and fresh and DIFFERENT. I love it!

In the last year or so, Awkward Black Girl and its creator Issa Rae, have been the focus of much media love and attention. Check out her interviews on Essence, The Root, and Clutch Magazine.

But Awkward Black Girl might be dealing with a problem I can definitely identify with. It’s what my father refers to as “all of the prestige, none of the paycheck.”

In an effort to continue filming the season of shows — which has been extended by popular demand — Awkward Black Girl has set up a Kickstarter to seek donations from fans and would-be investors.

I think what Issa Rae’s doing is awesome, and I really want to see Awkward Black Girl take things to the next level. If you can identify with her character or just love what you’re seeing, click here to donate! And click here to enter her Show Us Your Awkward contest!

Keep doing big things, Issa Rae – awkward black girls around the world are rooting for you!

Are you a fan of ABG? Click here to follow her on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook!

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Comments

  1. embracurcrazy says:

    I love this web series. The stapler episode had me crying beucase that is my office. Especially the whisper guy.

  2. i <3 ABG!!!

  3. I love that you love ABG. This is my SHOW. I’ve donated already, but I’ll probably be raising my donation soon.

  4. Huge ABG fan! Thanks for sharing on Afrobella!

  5. How funny- I JUST blogged the praises of ABG yesterday! I adore that show, in so many ways. We seriously need this on television!

  6. I love this show so much!

  7. i luv afrobella

  8. I so heart this web series! The comedy & script are genius. I been rofl at all of the episodes but so far, the one about anger management had me cry-laughing.

  9. I must say I did the wrong thing and watched it for the first time on my break at work and I literally had to hold my mouth shut…so my coworkers wouldn’t think I was crazy…yea, I’m awkward…LOL

  10. crystal g. says:

    I LOVE HER!

  11. I love that show, it is amazing and Issa Rae really strikes a chord with a lot of people. I guess at last that us awkward Black girls know that we are not alone.

  12. ABG is absolutely hilarious! The one and only thing about this show that irks me is the cursing. It would be just as funny without all the f-bombs.

  13. Loved, loved this show….i watched it at work, had to lock my office to keep out the sound of my laughter. hilarious and so relate-able… the hallway episode made me almost wet my pants

  14. NOT FOR ME says:

    NOT A FAN!

    I watched it just now and I can say that some of her jokes are very ignorant and I just didnt find her funny.

    My sense of humour is very dry and witty.

    Her’s is insulting to gain cheap laughs.

    Not for me. Guess I am a bit old school in that I like clean clever humour.

  15. Thanks Patrice for introducing ABG to us. I just got through watching some of the show and I must say I can relate to her awkwardness lol. I’ll be donating soon.

  16. Oh my god. ABG!! I was watching it earlier when I read this post. It’s hilarious and I can sooo relate to it!!! :)

  17. bosslady says:

    It is so rare that we get images and thoughts that are so dead on and relatable to so many. It’s a breath of fresh air. I love it Thank You Issa Awkward girls are beautiful. My boyfriend told me that was one of the things that attracted him to me. He gets it too.

  18. MissHolly says:

    I have watched the ABG episodes multiple times since yesterday. Funnier each time I watch. It’s so nice to not always have to be the “cool, got it together, down ass sista”. Sometimes cringe-worthy, stupid things fly out of out our mouths.And it’s okay, we survive. I will be sharing ABG with my friends it will be interesting to get their opinions of the show (they can be a little prissy . . .)

  19. Mecca Miz says:

    Because of this article, I’ve checked out the webisodes and this show is AMAZING! I feel like I am her… an awkward Black girl. I can totally relate to the quirky issues on this show. THANK YOU AFROBELLA FOR THE INTRODUCTION TO THEM! I just feel bad that I’m too broke to give a really good donation to keep the show going. :( I would love to be able to play my part in that.

  20. Love Love Love Issa! I watch some many of her scenes and feel like OMG! SHe is inside my head lol!

  21. OMG I love this series! I seriously watched each episode again and again when I finished the entire first season! So witty and well-executed! I love A and his little scrunched up face so much “but you said iiiignore” LOL!

  22. Nice piece of artworks. Many thanks from Kasra Design.

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