Saturday, February 27, 2016
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
Day twenty-seven of African American nonfiction features THE MISADVENTURES OF AN AWKWARD BLACK GIRL by Issa Rae. If you don't know who Issa Rae is, do yourself a favor, and check out her YouTube channel quickly! SHE. IS. AWESOME! If you aren't a fan of audio books yet, but want to give them a try, Rae narrated her book and she is great! She had me as a fan when she said that NPR's Morning Edition theme song is her jam because that's my jam too! Check out the book and this little clip. A bit of a warning-her videos have lots of profanity, so if you are a delicate flower you are officially warned!
My name is “J” and I’m awkward—and black. Someone once told me those were the two worst things anyone could be. That someone was right. Where do I start?
Being an introvert in a world that glorifies cool isn’t easy. But when Issa Rae, the creator of the Shorty Award–winning hit series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” is that introvert—whether she’s navigating love, work, friendships, or “rapping”—it sure is entertaining. Now, in this debut collection of essays written in her witty and self-deprecating voice, Rae covers everything from cybersexing in the early days of the Internet to deflecting unsolicited comments on weight gain, from navigating the perils of eating out alone and public displays of affection to learning to accept yourself—natural hair and all.
A reflection on her own unique experiences as a cyber pioneer yet universally appealing, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is a book no one—awkward or cool, black, white, or other—will want to miss.