Issa Rae speaks at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 25, 2017, in Los Angeles.
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Since the mid-2000s, YouTube has showcased the talents of entertainers seeking fame and fortune, with Hollywood executives increasingly sitting up and taking notice.Californian comedy writer and actress Issa Rae, 32, is preparing to release a second season of the acclaimed HBO series "Insecure," which has its roots in her viral YouTube series "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl". The long-gestating show went into development in 2013 after HBO programming president Casey Bloys watched Rae's web-series, which has racked up 25 million views since it launched in 2011 ."Insecure" is one of three web-series pickups by HBO along with Samantha Bailey's "Brown Girls," which debuted on Elle magazine's website, and Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair's "High Maintenance," which started life on Vimeo.
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