Issa Rae, creator of the the hilariously uncomfortable YouTube series “The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl,” admits racial diversity is on the rise among network TV shows, but the progress has nothing to do with the reasons you may think.
In fact, in a HuffPost Live interview Tuesday, Rae suggested that the inclusivity is “money driven.”
“I think [TV executives are] like, ‘Oh we see what works and let’s replicate it,'” she told host Marc Lamont Hill. “I don’t think it’s about even blackness or diversity. It’s really about, ‘Oh my gosh there are eyeballs.’ How do we capitalize? How do we take advantage?”
But she fears the increasing number of African American faces, showcased by recent black-led successes like “Scandal” and “Empire,” may just be a “flash” in the current trend.