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Insecure tells the Modern Millennial Story

On Sunday night, Issa Rae‘s new series, “Insecure,” premiered on HBO. The show has received rave reviews and is described as “a love letter to Black women.” The first episode did not disappoint and was filled with millennial moments we’ve all experienced. From the jobs we hate, the relationship we can’t seem to leave, the love life that won’t flourish and the friendships that keep us sane, “Insecure” had it all covered.

These are all the points “Insecure” touched on.

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Tells millennial story of unfulfilling job
Issa works for a non-profit organization, but not because she wants to. It’s because it’s that’s the job she got out of college. You can’t count the number of millennials who are living that reality.

 

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Can’t get it right with love
Issa and her bestie, Molly, are in different stages of their lives when it comes to love. Issa is in a dead-end relationship with her boyfriend, Lawrence, who can’t seem to get his life together. Molly is on the dating scene and is striking out with all her potentials. A past bae of Issa’s hits her up on social media wishing her a happy birthday and says he missed her. They meet up, reminisce on old times and he’s upfront about not wanting a relationship. There goes her chance for a rebound bae. At times, dating when you’re a millennial can feel like a ring of hell.

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Depicts how we put pressure on ourselves to have it all by 30
For some reason, 30 is the magic age for people thinking they should have their entire lives together. Why? Who knows? But “Insecure” depicts a very real aspect of young adults stressing about turning 30 and seeing every birthday that passes as a reminder of what they don’t have.

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Need support from friends
When life throws you curve balls, our friends are there to give us those much-needed pep talks. Issa and Molly have that type of friendship. Molly can vent about her feelings that she won’t ever get married and Issa can vent about her unfulfilling relationship. They can also call each other out on their BS which Molly did when Issa unintentionally made a mockery of her love life during an open mic night. Molly accused Issa of hanging out with her because her problems made Issa look better. But all was well in the end.

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Issa is still awkward
If you were a fan of Issa’s YouTube series, “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” you’ll love “Insecure.” She’s still singing rap lyrics into her bathroom mirror and attracting uncomfortable situations. She’s awkward and we love it.

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Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.