Issa Rae

Issa Rae Has a Great Idea for an All-Black Gossip Girl

The 10th anniversary of Gossip Girl has us all living a simpler past where fashionable headbands reigned supreme and the biggest villain to come out of Manhattan was Chuck Bass. But instead of harping upon the very fashionable past, why not look into a more diverse future?

Issa Rae, the creator and star of HBO's breakout comedy Insecure, is doing just that. She'd like nothing more than to see a Gossip Girl-type show aimed at a young black audience, pitching her idea to The New Yorker in a new video in connection with the magazine's Television Issue. Predictably, the idea she has in mind is nothing short of fantastic.

"I would like to pitch you a new show about black teenagers. Think 90201 or Gossip Girl for black kids," she explained in her video. "Maybe we call it Ladera Heights 90041. It could be Potomac, Maryland 20854." She even has a few characters in mind—and boring archetypes need not apply. "My main character would be Lil' Richie. He's, you know, a young black rich teen. He's tired of the access, and the excess," Issa continued. "I'm Lil' Richie, I'm so tired of being rich, there's more to me than this. I just created a song. That's the theme song. I would definitely have a ho character. Just thirsty. No goodie-goodies over here. Not in this show. Nobody was watching 90210 for Tori Spelling."

But most importantly, Rae says the sheer lack of teen and young-adult programming aimed at a black audience is what's encouraging her to pursue her pitch. "I don't think since, I would say, Moesha have we followed the lives of black teens," she concluded. "So, like, where's our Gossip Girl? This Gossip Girl is black, bitch....That's the tagline!"

Form an orderly queue, television executives.

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