Issa Rae talks black love, explains why she’s not interested in working with white lead characters
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(LOS ANGELES) — Issa Rae is sharing her appreciation for black love as depicted on-screen in the new issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, and explaining why she’s not exactly interested in working with white lead characters.
“We don’t get to see black lust in a normalized and natural way that isn’t hypersexualized,” she explains in regards to film and television. “Young black people have sex. Sometimes it’s good sex, sometimes it’s bad sex, sometimes it’s revenge sex. There’s so many different facets. It’s such a privilege to show that and it feels so real.”
The Insecure actress is excited to share stories that reflect her community. That’s part of the reason that for now, Rae says she’s only focusing on projects with people of color in the lead roles.
“I can honestly say that I have zero aspirations to work on stories with white lead characters,” she said. “There are so many opportunities with white leads and so many people like to tell those stories. So no offense to anyone but no, I’m not interested.”
The full interview with Issa Rae is now available in the new issue of Cosmopolitan.
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