Moment of truth: I am not the most active social media community member. I am the neighbor you want to borrow sugar from, but when you knock I am never home. In my defense, I focus more on Facebook and Twitter, leaving some of my communities lacking my full attention. However, there is one community where I love to be a voyeur – I never post, but I am fixated on seeing what my community conjured up on any given day. This particular subscription never disappoints! If I want to look through the looking glass YouTube is where I go and “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” is what I see.
Like caffeine for the sleep deprived, “Awkward Black Girl” has been awakening viewers to true entertainment since its debut in February 2011. Issa Rae both produces and stars as J, an awkward girl addressing genuine frustrations with co-workers and love interests who place her in uncomfortable situations. This may not sound like a unique concept for a show, but what motivated me to join, and keeps me coming back, is this new angle. Black women in entertainment have been said to be “sassy” or “angry’’ but I love this show because I can relate to just being an awkward black girl trying to navigate life one day at a time.
Once a month, J shines a light on another tricky situation, and her quirky way of dealing with each challenge. YouTube is the perfect platform for this show. Our once little, but now huge community, can comment on each new video and listen to hundreds of people discuss how great it is someone understands how they feel. Another perk is to see interviews and new ventures Issa takes on during her rise to fame. “Awkward Black Girl” has built a YouTube community like none other over the last two years. Now I hate to complain, but when you get a web series this great, once a month feels like an eternity! I can’t help it; I’m an impatient virtual neighbor!
I don’t post on YouTube ever; I don’t think I am “crazy, sexy, cool” enough for anyone to want to listen to me on that platform, even though I am a little awkward at times. But this site does feed my voyeuristic fetish. I will stick to blogging and let the future video superstars keep me entertained.