HBO announced today that it has picked up a new comedy by Insecure creator Issa Rae. Titled Him or Her, the half-hour comedy will chronicle the dating life of a bisexual black man and ‘the distinctly different worlds and relationships he finds himself in.”
Deadline reports: “Along with ex-Daily Show writer and Emmy-winner Travon Free, Rae will executive produce Him or Her. The single camera half-hour chronicles the dating life of a bisexual black man and the distinctly different worlds and relationships he finds himself in. Rae’s ColorCreative.TV partner Deniese Davis will also EP the comedy along with 3 Arts with Full Frontal writer Free penning the series.”
This isn’t the first time Rae and her work have tackled queer narratives within the African-American community.
“Viewers of Insecure might remember a subplot from the first season where Molly (played by Yvonne Orji) and her boyfriend Jared (Langston Kerman) wrestle with the double standards of bisexuality and the different perceptions of sexual fluidity among men and women,” writes Brooke Marine for W Magazine.
It is paramount that Rae will be developing a show about a bisexual black man, a community that is extremely underrepresented in mainstream media, and if Rae’s depiction of varying perspectives on sex and relationships among young black millennials on Insecure is any indication of the level of hilarious insight into underrepresented communities she might give in her next comedic project, Him or Her could be a big hit for HBO and its sought after twenty-something audience.
We’re super looking forward to seeing Him or Her on HBO soon. We’re already big fans of Issa Rae, and we’re sure she will do a fantastic job bringing this important and under told narrative to the forefront.
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