Issa Rae: "I want to talk about my blackness on my own terms"

Comedian and "awkward black girl" Issa Rae reflects on her misadventure-packed memoir and whether we're all awkward, to some extent.
Self-described "awkward black girl" Issa Rae on embracing her awkwardness online and using it to subvert Hollywood stereotypes (IssaRae.com)

Remember: you're not that cool. But don't worry — writer and comedian Issa Rae assures us that no one is. The self-described "awkward black girl" sees potentially uncomfortable situations all around us, and has turned many of life's cringe-worthy moments into memorable comedy. 

Today she joins guest host Jelena Adzic to discuss her new memoir, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, the acclaimed web series that inspired it, and how experiences of awkwardness can be both specific and universal. 

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