Why Being Awkward and Black Matters: A Tribute to Issa Rae

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 07:  Actress Issa Rae attends the 2017 Film Independent Filmmaker Grant and Spirit Award Nominees Brunch at BOA Steakhouse on January 7, 2017 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)

Why Being Awkward and Black Matters: A Tribute to Issa Rae

Issa Rae has given us women of color so much hope that we can shine as bright as she is!

Published July 18, 2017

THE TWO BEST THINGS TO BE

I’m awkward and I’m Black
And although it’s been said those are the two worst things to be
You have changed all of that!

You’re my sister from another mister,
Girl, I promise it’s true!
The stories that you’ve created about my life,
I’m sorry, I meant the ones you’ve made about you,

They speak to me and draw me in,
Have you been secretly spying on my life?
Maybe one or two days out the week,
Because this Awkward Black Girl truly got the story right

It began in college, when I met you,
All my friends knew your name,
A secret, underground society of sorts that was just boasting of your fame,

Boy troubles, I knew them well
But sis, so did you
And even when my friends didn’t get it,
I knew I could count on you

Seriously now, did you show up at my job?
You had to have met my quirky team,
Our assembly of misfits was not like anyone had seen.

Week after week we’d get closer,
We were practically best friends,
But suddenly, out of the blue, our sister story ends.

By the time I graduate college and land my first entertainment gig,
I’ve begun settling into my growing up and praying I make it big,
You emerge back on the scene this time in a larger light,
Now we’re TV-industry sisters, look at our star power shining bright!

You’ve made Insecure with excerpts of my diary,
Putting my heart strings on display,
Promoting my inner-most thoughts in open forum,
You’ve aired me out with no delay

Issa Rae, you’re magic,
A win for you is a win for us,
The path you’ve paved is lavish,
Opening doors that have typically been locked up

As a Black woman I feel proud to have followed your journey,
See your humility and watch you grow,
Feeling tied to your story,
Oh, the places you can go!

Now looking back at all the wisdom that you’ve shared,
If being awkward is problem, then I’m happily impaired
Embracing my Blackness and my experience is what I’ve learned the most
Being Black is a privilege and I can gladly brag and boast.

I’m awkward and I’m Black
And although it’s been said those are the two worst things to be
You have changed all of that!
 

Written by Candice Grevious

@miss_nightowl

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