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    Is Issa Rae Black Enough for Hollywood?

    It’s an uncomfortable business for her. Rae, who wrote and starred in her own wildly popular YouTube series, “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” was courted by several networks only to discover that they wanted to dilute her show’s message to appeal to a mainstream audience. Traditional TV wants to Rae to play to a Black audience, but her Southern California vibe defies pigeonholing. Now streaming has fostered unconventional programming, and she’s praying that her new HBO project, tentatively called Insecure, will advance how television depicts complex female characters with a little extra melanin.

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