Awkward Black Girl


Last week Tuesday, me and Elle attended the Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl discussion and book signing at the historic Sixth & I synagogue. 

Despite the cold and icy weather, the synagogue was absolutely packed. Like, sold out packed. It was a given that Issa Rae would bring the people out but I was truly stunned. Honestly, now looking back, why I was stunned, tho? I mean, this is the same person that united all the awkward girls (and guys) together through her hilarious web series (also titled) The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl or just Awkward Black Girl or ABG, for short.

(l) Dr. Kumea Shorter-Gooden listening to (r) Issa Rae answering her question.

The discussion went smoothly with Dr. Kumea Shorter-Gooden engaging Issa Rae into a funny and insightful conversation. Issa Rae also read an excerpt from her book which touched on the time she was heavy into online dating. Or as she called it being "a cyber ho". Questions from the audience soon followed. And, finally, the book signing. I didn't have enough time to ask her a question since the event was short on time and the line was very long. But I did manage to get a photo with her and shoot out a quick "Hey, how's it going?" or something along those lines. iForget. All in all, it was a nice event.

Cover of her book.
Lovelovelove the superhero theme.

I breezed through the first couple of chapters of this NY Times Best Selling List memoir. So many relatable stories. Yes, I've been there when folks try to tell you how to pronounce your name just because they know of someone who has the same name but pronounce it differently. I'm like, and so? I'm telling YOU how to pronounce MY name. The audacity of some folks. Or the whole online dating thing with AOL. Aah. AOL. Wanna know my first e-mail? carebearOCT@aol.com. Care effin' bear. My word. Regarding chatting with dudes online, I wasn't much of a 'a/s/l' kinda girl (even though I dabbled here and there) but I was very much into message boards. Especially, for Passions. Remember that crazy-ass soap opera? Man, that was MY show. 

Besides her book being ever so popular, she's developed a new comedy series for HBO. Issa Rae mentioned during the discussion that the pilot is completed but it has to be picked up by HBO. So let's all keep our fingers crossed for her. *fingers crossed*

To see what else she's been up to, check out her website here.