'Toxic Black Masculinity' Will Be Addressed in 'Insecure' Season 3, Issa Rae Says

Co-creator and star of Insecure Issa Rae revealed that Season 3 of the HBO show will address black masculinity. 

"I don't want to give anything away," said Rae, who has so far shared little about the much-anticipated return of the hit series just two months from now, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on June 7. "I love black masculinity as it relates to black women. I think that's something interesting that we haven't gotten a chance to explore yet—and specifically toxic male black masculinity as it relates to black women. I'm trying to find a way to explore that and get a rounded storyline that isn't preachy."

Rae said the upcoming season will tackle the journey of becoming an adult as well.

"I think we've watched our characters really fumble and fuck up—and in some ways, in your 20s, you are allowed that," Rae said. "This season is about not acting like you're naïve anymore or that you don't know better. So it is about, what does it look like to know better and to do better?"

The Golden Globe nominee has previously addressed how blackness is depicted in the media. She has said black sitcoms—including her favorites Moesha, A Different World and Girlfriends—vanished from television as white seemingly became the standard for relatability.

"They disappeared. Somewhere along the way, being white became seen as 'relatable,' and you started to see people of color only reflected as stereotypes or specific archetypes," Rae told The Guardian in August 2017. "So much of the media now presents blackness as being cool, or able to dance, or fierce and flawless, or just out of control; I'm not any of those things."

Insecure has addressed black issues since its start, especially the millennial black female experience. The HBO series avoids the kind of stereotypical black characters that critics have pointed out in other shows, such as the strong, aggressive black female, like Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) in How to Get Away with Murder or Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) in Scandal

Rae said at a Television Critics Association event in 2016 the show argues there's not a "universal way to be black."

Insecure returns to HBO for Season 3 on August 12.

issa rae Issa Rae is pictured attending The 77th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street on May 19 in New York City. The co-creator and star of "Insecure" said Season 3 will tackle black masculinity. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Peabody