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corporate media really used to talk about these. i'm going to paint a clear picture about how disturbing. corporate conduct has been in march these are stories. when you're close to the american. west. the american middle class has been railroaded by washington politics. big money corporate interests. a lot of voice that's how it is in the news culture in this country now that's where i come in. i'll make sure you don't get railroad the straight talk in the break. with more. on larry king now the breakout star writer and creator of insecurity. it was.
trying to break into the industry and then being told no your work doesn't really have an audience nobody's looking and then creating work online where i had an audience and people were like oh this is great i fell a i just was awfully uncomfortable you know because i grew up in predominately white neighborhoods where. you're not like other black people i'm black so what does that mean and then some black people just b.m.i. . compliment you have a. great. understand that you see a song on and secure. you. know the love of the sub. and i don't know how you break it put me a explain it to me all next on larry king now. special guest is. the guy. golden globe nominated breakout star writer and creator
of the emmy nominated h.b.o. series in secure heads a wrong content company called isa ray presents a collection of essays was a new york times best seller she's been named to forbes thirty on the thirty m. glamours thirty five on the thirty five lists and she recently graced the cover of the hollywood reporter now in its second season and secure airs sundays attempt thirty pm on h.b.o. now this was the little genesis this was aware but show so i created a web so called the misadventures of awkward black girl in two thousand and eleven and this show was sort of inspired by insecure was inspired by that web series but it's a more version that's a bit more grounded and closer to my life what were you doing before you created the world should work and working several jobs working actors no i wish i could get a job as an actress i was working on just be it at a museum i was working in
a nonprofit world so how did you get the idea do web show what i came up with that idea in college you know my most successful web series was my third web series and i created my very first one when i was just a board procrastinating senior colleagues and i wanted to figure out a way to justify using facebook and it's about the time and it was like yeah i can create like a soap opera basically about what it's like to be black at stanford and it was while i was simultaneously trying to break into the industry just tradition traditionally by writing spec scripts and pilots get things like that and then being told no your work doesn't really have an audience nobody's looking for that and then creating work online where i had an audience that people were like oh this is great and that first show my senior year of colleagues you know i'll always remember why i have direct access to an audience i said probably keep doing this and you know then five years later i came up with the awkward black or. sees
stanford equal to its reputation it was a great school with great people who were at city to hear how the city was not the you didn't like problem to know that was very. very secluded. not at the time that i was there you know i'm a big food year there are just a lot of asian spots you know chinese food and i was like why can't you do more now it's amazing now the city that they need so how does this lead from a web show to h.b.o. there were a lot of steps in between there are a lot of failures and false starts but really just attention honestly that you know once my one time launched my first episode it did way better than my other two have series and you know the first time that i was in something i was kind of intimidated and. we raise money you know i didn't have any money while i was producing it i just had a lot of help to bring a date i didn't bring it to called me actually you know i i had other opportunities that other networks and h.b.o.
said hey we like this series do you have any other ideas that are with the title i came up with as i don't just because that's how i felt i was writing in my journal one day and had an epiphany moment and was like oh i'm awkward period and black and i had never seen those two words together before and i felt like they perfectly describe me and describe characters i wanted to see on television because you know i related to tina fey and larry david and all these you know the white characters that i shared a sense of humor that i felt like i had but i didn't see people so it is autobiographical. i would say without a biographical i would say that it's close to my life for sure you recently said quote we wanted to paint that this character's in between two worlds and is just in a constant state of discomfort she's not black enough for the black people not wide enough for the white people i felt like i just was constantly uncomfortable. you
know because i grew up in predominately white neighborhoods where white people be like you're not like other black people and i mean i will i'm black so what does that mean and then you know some black people just being like. be back or do better and i was always trying just struggling with what the definition of blackness is and i found myself limiting black means as opposed to realizing that blackness can be so many other things and i think that's what inspired me as the late just also very open about sexuality right i mean yeah to an extent yeah other people sexuality more than my own. is your own dormant. i want to say that but i love that you know i just love talking about it i feel like a conversation that was funny what's in store for the second. spec of things that explores sexuality whether dormant or active and it.
just explores you know black women kind of in the workplace you know we tackle equal play the seizing and we tackle. what i call it the whole phase where you know women go through a period in sometimes just a life time of sexual liberation do you cast the whole thing yeah with with my with apprentice penny our show runner and million would see kids their executive producer and other people guest is a terrific place is based a great place and there's just so much freedom there and they exactly does a really smart like they make smart suggestions and they also know when to get out of the way but they don't know about well as i said are you originally from here. oh yeah i grew up in one of the hells but i live and inglewood now you live here yeah i want to raise for you from honestly it doesn't matter what i say can. go anywhere i say working with. i misread also now. high
school kids song stuff like we're going kids so how is it working to be honest. so have you been here. a long. how are you still saying. i guess this is the re the head shows in secure water careers you were going along oh it's a choice of words you were born in l.a. but spent years in senegal i did. i was very young i mean i was probably four or five you know that when i went to kindergarten out there twice they held me back i thought it was a beautician yet he still it is supposed to be retired but he's not b.s. he's a p c hero there he's here he says the clinic in inglewood does senegal have a great effect on you. there's some there's a confidence about just knowing where you come from and knowing that you know my family is there was there i think that that influence just how
i saw myself in the world you know i'm an african-american you know quite literally that my mom is from louisiana my dad is being in senegal where your race was the majority. that have an effect that different approach i mean looking back on it when i went back to visit in my you know high school and college years absolutely as a young girl i didn't quite see it that way just felt like the default and so. and i also didn't think about race as much as a gang or girl but you know as an older woman yeah absolutely. again it contributes to the confidence you feel in the comfort i feel around you know my own people mostly in the effect on your life of jerry seinfeld and larry david their sense of humor just in terms of making the mundane and the ordinary and just the relatable extremely funny. i just i love that i love and i tap into that in my own work with
you know something my siblings and i and my family love to joke about are just our observations of people and they have to serve people and behaviors so so well and you know i just wanted to do that for what i observed about you now black people in the workplace and. just other experiences that i've used there's such a thing as segregated you more white you move versus black you know i think that such isn't just seinfeld was a very white you know and there are a lot of you know they were in new york and there are a lot of white people and i think herb did a better job at shows like friends and i think growing up seeing that. even in standup comedy special they're always like white people be like in black people be like and that was kind of that kind of represented what the sit com era was to me of just like even executives being like well we can't put black people in this because you know black people don't find this kind of stuff funny there is and there were just assumptions when we were all watching the show you know black
people watch the most television out of any group and so the idea that we couldn't be the leads in a thirty rock or and obviously that's created by tina fey but we can be the leads in friends because we're not relatable and we don't share this sense of humor i always found into the great malcolm x. . and he really pointed things having said what's it like. to not see yourself on television. i mean what's it like to live like i had the privilege of being able to see myself in the entire ninety's going to see versions of myself and what i also thought was that taking away was that disappear i saw that disappear and alternative reflections of black women specifically shown on the screen where you know there were black women that i did not know that i did not necessarily recognize that were entertaining but weren't the people that now and i and that's kind of what compelled me to to create who i knew you put
a lot of people on the show and secure you have to because they have to be i actually saw myself a confident people so that i also feel more insecure. we're all insecure are we in this business you have to be a secret you can't you you have to pretend like you're not to a degree which maybe. somewhere every father once told me if he's not holding a script for another movie you've said if you don't never script ariel he's panicked three zero that's one hundred percent real like i was just talking to a producer like i'm always thinking about what the next movie is no matter what you know how great something is going right now you're always worrying about what's next. not many shows pushing a black woman as a star. in this era you to others so that again going to lead to more shows i think it already is i think shonda kind of started the wave with it with carrie and scandal and then you know you had executives saying scandal to hit let's
just make more scandal of more black leads and then once those failed they were like well there has to be something else and i think there are more black creators and people of color creatives behind the scenes telling authentic stories and putting themselves as leaders or casting leads you think you more first do no no i was. you know i was being inspired for. sure. i don't think of myself as the first part of seinfeld and larry david a two of your kind of heroes but you more doesn't isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think about you. i think i think i have a sense of humor first so i think you need it but i don't think of myself as the first anything. coming up isas seemed weird town favorite vice trade places with for a day some politics will be right that it's.
will go deeper investigate and debate all so you can get the big picture. the american middle class has been railroaded by washington politics. big body corporate interests. a lot of boys that's how it is in the news culture in this country now that's where i come in. i'll make sure you don't get railroad you'll get the straight talk and the straight through. all the world. and all the news companies merely players but what kind of partners are into the american play. offers more. personal.
many ways to use landscape just like the real news. good actors. and in the end you could never. so much. all the world all the world all the world's a stage we are definitely a player. secure in its second season he tweeted in two thousand and sixteen the trip was everything that's wrong about america in one person still feel that way. so you're not shocked by any of this i'm still shocked i'm still devastated. not surprised not the best person where do you think it's going. does anybody know i
just have a constant question mark you know a question mark of panic i'm not entirely sure i'm i'm optimistic that you know just the fact about you what i. what could i be up to make you optimistic i think that we're all con they were uniting to a degree against him. but it's just a matter of turning that unity into actionable and actionable plan and actionable steps and i just i'm more aware than i've ever been ok we are going to play a game called if you only know just throw some questions at you you don't have to answer them that's course not a quote martin just don't be nervous ok who is your childhood celebrity crush. dark skinned michael jackson. why they left and they control. guilty pleasure. there's a song called vanderpump rules that i watch i buy it and then the pump. yeah
well we had a problem rule you called them band of food and it applies secret talent. i don't know ok who would you trade places with for a day who. she's fine or do something we should all be paying more attention to. this president and. also luxury you can't live without. massages and best compliment you ever got. now that you have money you look great. strangers job you. have any strings yeah i've never had a strange show. do you have a favorite vice. i love talking people like via social media you stalk i cyber stalk people yes. because it's the same
it's entertaining i have to know about them they don't know i don't have to ask many questions it's just it's very intimate when something you wish you were better at life funny is fan encounter. i was going to the bathroom and someone recognized me via my show and said hey broken and they were in the stall next door to me and i thought that those funny it was funny think. best perk of being a celebrity. free stuff free food when i go to restaurants and they recognize this over me give me for food is there something you long believed to be true and realize wasn't. i mean i do believe in santa claus until i was like fourteen fourteen they did a really good job or you got arguments in school right i just thought that people
didn't know they were cynical i felt sorry for them do you have a boyfriend not answering that. no i don't know not answering it. because this is you said i didn't have this very question it was this some dry and great secret no is this man anybody's business. ok fine you don't have to tell me i don't care i'll read about it in the enquirer anyway. we have a couple social media questions for you be new round ass where did you find the strength to be so honest with you art you seem to be so steadfastly yourself and it's refreshing thank you for the comfort. that necessity just fell on my guy who wanted to put what i wanted to see out there you know i was complaining a lot about what i was seeing and you know an internet commenter when i had a blog was just like you talk
a lot of math you know why don't you do something and i think that author empowered me to be like yes and then the validation of people responding to the work only adds to the confidence. so you always kind of a stand up person. stand up and without speaking your mind oh no i've been passive aggressive and i think within a certain group of people but i think i've had to come in to openly speaking my mind i'm very reserved in side for the most touchy world of is there anything that you want to bring from misadventures a war good black girl to insecure or the just won't work out. of them or cast members i think we've had like cast members sprinkled in season one in season two but you know in a perfect world they all make up somehow some way and you good boss. i think so i think so and zone very hands on i have to be but i'm also very
collaborative. same time yeah good alex jones and we're co-creating larry wilmore have a guest star on insecurity we've talked about it we just have to find the perfect role i can e he's busy tell ask why can't you ask him. when you see him a lot i'm sure i'm going to see him tonight ask him. yeah you're right tell him my yes yes can ok we'll do weird black girl is the name i heard you say you were talking to me. could apply i heard you say insecurity can't go on forever so what's next. that's the question i mean i want to do cellmates i want to i want to do you want to do i want to make films i want to produce i want to do stuff outside of the entertainment industry that i want to just take to meeting him easter a in ten years that's hard come on all you want to make movies and do i want
to i want i want to i want to have a studio. only assume. you'll make it thank you see it in your eyes you'll make it . ok i understand that you sing your song on insecure call broken yeah i don't think i've ever said. it and i don't know how you break it but i mean explain it to me. it's really something that one of my best friends and i just an account as they say and came up with she was trying to just figure out like what was wrong i why i couldn't she keep a guy you know what was it about her bag kind of shiny guys and that repelled guys and i thought girl you might think we broke in and we just found that larry is and then started talking in our voice in our vaginas the voices are talking in vagina voices basically and. the vagina was singing the rap song nama so
in our lives yeah i mean mike we had badges no voices what i had what i'd call it where i was a mode was so for example we were like oh oh you know that guy was second for me and when he came over i was like it was like out for n.q. . and so we just go back and forth and you know the guy was attractive with like on like you know and that's what i have examined with. and your other friends did this with just me and her. do you ride raps in real life. under the influence of alcohol you. have you recorded i have with my friends you have a brother not so no not public some of them are kind of public but nothing serious that would do you think you could be a rap singer no no i think i had the time i think donald never ruin it for everybody. what's the work life like each week on insecurity it's a lot of hours but you know it's fine you know i'm working with
a lot of people that i love and respect and admire and it's just really a lot of. it's a it's a labor of love do you gather is there certain baby you get together and how does it work when you reach scripts we have a writers' room pretty much six to seven months out of the year and so i'm in that with them basically outlining the show and then we shoot this last this past season we shot for three months. monday through friday and simultaneously edited and now i'm literally editing the last episode as we speak shoot were all around the world around l.a. yeah allround south l.a. because that's where the show is centered which is where i grew up and just wanted to highlight a and a part of l.a. that hasn't been gotten a lot of sign in the past this is city cooperate it was been great yeah they're very excited you know city officials have approached and then of course the city of
l.a. it's just nice to have people coming in so used to us thank you so much continued good luck thank you so much the stakes are really i guess the first second season of insecurity airs sundays at ten thirty pm on h.b.o. as always you can find it on twitter kings things i'll see you next time. you're watching. what you have for breakfast yesterday why would.
i do not know if the russian state. into john podesta scheme ailes and gave them to wiki leaks but i do know barack obama's director of national intelligence has not provide credible to support his claims of russia i also know he perjured himself in a senate hearing planned three months before the revelations provided by edward snowden he denied the deep n.s.a. was carrying out wholesale surveillance of the us. the hyperventilating corporate media has once again proved to be an echo chamber for government claims that cannot be verified you would have thought they would have learned something after serving as george w. bush's useful idiots in the lead up to the invasion of iraq. it is vitally important that the press remains rooted in a fact based universe especially when we enter an era when truth and fiction are
becoming indistinguishable to. watch the hawks founded by three young americans who love their country but we have to constantly question our government watching the hawks brings the stories the give voice to the voiceless we dig a little deeper we get the stories of the average one else is afraid to touch is afraid to talk about because they don't want to upset their corporate sponsors or interrupt their government access now is the time more than ever we made to question more. we're in this post truth world heard we're going to have to matter again to about educating people and giving them contacts instead of telling them what to make dialogue is far more valuable than debate.
i think the average viewer just after watching a couple of segments understands that we're telling stories that our critics can't tell me you know why because their advertisers won't let them. in order to create change you have to be honest you have to tell the truth parties able to do that every story is built on going after the back story to what's really happening out there to the american what's happening when a corporation makes a pharmaceutical chills people when a company in the environmental business ends up polluting a river that causes cancer and other illnesses they put all the health risk all the dangers out to the american public those are stories that we tell every week and
you know what they're working. the mission of the news with it is to go to the people tell their side of the story our stories are well sourced we don't hide anything from the public and i don't think the mainstream media in this country can say you know i think average viewer knows that r.t. america has a different perspective so that we're not hearing one echo chamber that mainstream media is constantly spewing. we're not beholden to any corporate sponsor no one tells us what to cover how long the coverage or how to say it that's the beauty of archie america. we give both sides we hear from both sides and we question more that journalists are not getting anything get in your way to bring it home to the