“I wish someone had told me” is a series of posts that feed into our inquisitive nature at CN&CO. Each week we hear from someone in our network about something interesting or surprising that’s recently happened or occurred to them. These blogs are a way to pay it forward and form part of CN&CO’s belief that the world can be a better place – and we all have a responsibility to make it so. This week’s post is by Lorraine Lamola.

Black girl magic glistening all over HBO! Never have I been more relatable to a show. Issa Rae is a reflection of black girls navigating life.

There isn’t a show I relate to more than Insecure.

It has a voice without protesting. There are subtle hints that speak to you – if you are “woke” that is. There aren’t many shows that portray black girls’ struggles and victories; this one tackles the topic head on. There’s no filter, which is what I appreciate about it; it’s all the things you think and wanna say.

Issa has also manoeuvred her own way in Hollywood. She made history last year as the first black woman to create and star in a premium cable series with her HBO show, Insecure. This year, the show — and Rae’s profile — really took off.

Insecure stems from Rae’s 2011 YouTube web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. The HBO version travels some of the same landscape, with an assist from comedian and writer Larry Wilmore, who worked behind the scenes.

Insecure is also very relatable in a sense that it tackles everyday 20-something-year-olds’ struggles. I definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone. Catch it on Vuzu – DStv channel 103.