Creators Of Newly-Tapped HBO Series 'Brown Girls' Thank Issa Rae For Success

"Without Issa, and all the things she did to knock doors open, people would not have looked at us or taken us seriously."

OpenTV’s webseries, Brown Girls, is headed to a Home Box Office channel near you. The grassroots online show narrates the lives of varying women of color, with a focus on the queer community and the gritty, fly of everything that is Chicago.

The series’ home is Chi-town, which is why co-creator Samantha Bailey admits that she believed “people in Chicago would be down for it.”

Representation plays a major role in the entire series for the other half of the show’s creative team, Fatimah Asghar. She reveals that when they pitched to HBO, she wanted to transfer the Windy City’s “mercurial, resourceful, and sly” atmosphere to our living room screens.

Reiterating the “resourcefully fly” tendencies embedded in each character, Asghar reassures, “We don’t want a show that is flashy and smooth. We want a show that is gritty. That has this kind of realness to it.”

For obvious reasons as simple as the title, the duo wanted Chicago to be portrayed from a woman’s point of view. From ensuring that all, but one, of the artists featured in the Brown Girls’s playlist were Chicago-based to filming in the Illinois city, they’ve pretty much achieved their goal. Humbling themselves, Asghar denotes their success to the triumph of Issa Rae.

“I don't think we could be possible without Issa Rae,” Asghar begins, “Without Issa, and all the things she did to knock doors open, people would not have looked at us or taken us seriously. She kind of paved the way for us and we can do that for other folks. I hope we can do that for other girls. I hope that it can continue to happen to the point where we have such an abundance of different races on screen and people don't feel like one show has to represent everything—it can represent a specific story of a specific individual.”

And we couldn’t be more thankful to Issa Rae for her inspiration. From Brown Girls’ soundtrack, to its authentically complex melanated characters, we could only hope for nothing less than the success that equates Issa Rae’s Insecure.

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Cardi B took to social media last week to reveal her and Offset have called it quits. While she didn't go into detail as to what led to the end of their year-long marriage, the Invasion of Privacy artist took the high road.

Since then social media has been flooded with commentary from both sides. There are many who think Belcalis should give the Migos rapper a second chance, while the other half of the Internet thinks all the Grammy-nominated rapper should do is give her estranged husband his walking papers.

Cardi's been relatively quiet, while Offset launched his "I'm sorry, baby, please take me back" campaign. He took his campaign to new heights Saturday night (Dec. 15) when during Cardi's set at the Rolling Loud Festival in Los Angeles he brought out flowers and cake with the words "Take Me Back Cardi.”

The two were seen one stand exchanging words with Cardi's face stoic and nearing anger. Offset later exited the stage, Cardi had the props removed and she continued with her set.

At Rolling Loud...Offset brought out the crazy cake set up in the middle of Cardi's set...flowers that spelled out Take Me Back Cardi...she was so not feeling the gesture and had him and the set up removed! #RolllingLoud

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For many, Offset's plea had a larger consequence. Cardi B was the first woman to ever headline Rolling Loud and he interrupted her moment.

Cardi B was the first FEMALE headliner in Rolling Loud history! Honestly, it’s so fucked up that he even did that. Like, you really gonna be out here taking up her spotlight and making her set about you? Nah bro.

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Others realized Offset's behavior is far from romantic and called it out as manipulative and toxic.

I woke up and saw how people are glorifying Offset’s actions trying to get Cardi B back and y’all need to see how toxic and abusive this situation is.

Regardless of how even Cardi views it. #Offset pic.twitter.com/Puiu8DCZIa

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