As fans patiently wait for Season 4 of Insecure, they recount the show’s most recent season about the internal, emotional lives of four dynamic Black women in Los Angeles: Issa, Molly, Kelli and Tiffany. This is a show by a Black woman for Black women that smartly comments on social structural issues like whiteness and masculinity. Even though the show follows the friends in theirs 30s through romantic and professional journeys, students at Emory tuned in every week this fall to watch the show’s third season on HBO. So, why do they connect to a show about older characters?
For junior Naomi Tesema, her roommate Nia put her on to the show because they could relate to the characters being dark-skin Black women. So, they put Emory’s free Xfinity subscription to use and began watching the show together last year.
Having started watching this September, Jazmine Colvin, a senior in the Nursing School, was also inspired by a bunch of her friends being obsessed with the show and constantly talking about it. She also found the show relatable to her because it focuses on experiences with love, sex, emerging adulthood, etc. that she has dealt with or will deal with soon.
This season, these two fans found the relatability of the show to stem from two specific characters: Issa and Molly. They both navigate personal and professional issues throughout the season the most. By the end of the season, Molly becomes more self-aware and apologizes to one of her dates while Issa chooses self-love and focus on herself over letting the men in her life take away her energy. Their development is rather impressive over such a short period of making similar mistakes over and over.
Naomi thinks that season 3 is different in a good way because “this season had more emphasis on Issa and her friendships than on her relationship with men, even though that was still a major plot line.”
Jazmine also appreciates that “both Issa and Molly are growing into themselves in different realms of their life” because it made the season more about “character growth and not so much plot development.”
Jazmine and Naomi are looking forward to the continuation of this show of female empowerment. They are looking for even more in Season 4 beyond the intriguing topics of ghosting, pregnancy, new life chapters and pursing passions.
“I hope Issa really is able to do something great for her community like she has wanted to from the beginning,” commented Jazmine.
Naomi has goals for almost every character, “I hope that Issa and Lawrence get back together. I kinda want to see Nathan again because he was cute I hope Issa reaches her career goals, especially with the festival she wants to put on for her community. I hope Molly takes a chance with Asian bae as well. I also hope Kelly gets more screen time. I love her!”
This lively show is a hit with hip-hop, soul music, humor and slang terms shining light on predominately Black areas of L.A. Insecure’s characters represent a viewpoint rarely shown in Hollywood—young, successful Black people. I think Jazmine and Naomi would agree with me as I believe that Insecure is a necessary show for Black representation. If you haven’t seen the awkward experiences and spicy tribulations of Issa and the crew, then take advantage of our Xfinity subscription and start binging the three seasons!
—Imani Brooks, staff writer