Friday, October 07, 2011
The Meltingpot Wonders about The Awkward Black Girl
Hi Meltingpot Readers,
Have you heard about the runaway success of the independent web series, The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl? Before I even watched an episode, I was excited by the possibility of a 'TV' show that spoke to a different type of Black girl than the hootchie mama or cool/funny best friend most often seen in mainstream media. And by the time I even heard about the series, created by Stanford grad, Issa Rae the Twitterverse and facebook were already buzzing about how great it was. And even major networks were singing its praise.
But here's the thing. I feel so bad saying this. I don't love it. Ugh. If there ever was a show that I wanted to love, this would be it. I love the independent spirit that started the whole thing. I love the concept. I love Issa Rae, but I'm not feeling the show. Maybe I just need to watch more. Maybe I need to be 20 years younger to 'get it.' Maybe I'm just not funny enough to get their funny. Or maybe it's just not my type of humor. But it almost is. In my 20s, I thought of myself as the Awkward Black girl.
Either way, I'm going to support the show and Rae, because she's doing her own thing and not waiting for a handout or a permission slip. You Go girl! (That was awkward.)
What do you think people? Are you laughing? Why or why not? Do you have any favorite indie web TV shows that you watch? Let me know. If you had to make an indie comedy about your life, what would you call it? Since the Awkward Black Girl is taken, I'd probably call my show, "When Kinky Met Gazpacho," but you know I was going to say that. Your turn.
I'm so listening.