|Don't even ask me what's going on with my face right here. I have no idea.|
|It was packed!|
After showing three episodes of ABG for the two people in the room who had never seen it before (I'm kidding. Not sure if there were only two), Issa Rae shared with us how she began her journey of creating ABG and how important it is for you to tell your own story in your own voice. She made some really great points and I would totally share them with you if I could find my notes from that evening. Pray for me y'all. I'm scatterbrained right now. Oh but what I do remember is that during the Q&A when I mentioned that I was one half of a blog called Black Girls Like Us, she said "Oh yeah! I know you guys! I didn't know you lived in Nashville! Cool!" Seriously, how awesome is that?! My question for Issa was how did she handle negative comments and the intrusiveness that comes with being in the public eye, particularly from The Internets. Her answer was simply to just keep creating and don't let it get to you. Issa has dealt with her share of criticism concerning everything from ABG to a pair of glasses she wore in a picture that was posted on Instagram. Still she keeps her head and continues to create and push forward. I love that. I enjoyed meeting her afterwards too. She was funny, real, humble and very gracious.
Me to Tia: Issa said "Tell Tia I said hi!"
Tia: OMG we're famous...sorta. Okay not really.
The last season of ABG definitely saw its share of criticism. While I'll admit that much like The Office, the earlier episodes seem to be my faves, we need to support this sista as much as possible. She's a trailblazer and I love that she is now able to provide opportunities for other content creators as well. We need to encourage her and anyone that is stepping up and getting behind the camera to provide more positive diverse content versus getting behind a laptop and complaining all day long. For that Issa Rae gets my prayers and support. I can't wait to see what her bright future holds for her.
"At the end of the day it's up to us to create the content we want to see."- Issa Rae