Last week, Issa Rae’s HBO series, Insecure, was the center of many conversations in TV circles when she hinted that season three of the comedy show would explore black masculinity. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Issa Rae said, “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.” This came as a surprise to many fans who have come to know the show for its unique ability to tell the stories of a number of diverse and talented black women in a cohesive manner.
Today, Donald Glover’s Atlanta is showing signs of heading into an unexpected directions in season three as well. At a recent event for the show, Stephen Glover, brother of Donald and writer for the series, said, “I think we have some cool ideas in season three that’ll put some more women on screen.” Glover also added, “There’s a very specific perspective from the Atlanta woman that I think we’re gonna explore in season three.” Lead actress Zazie Beetz also chimed in saying, “There’s no lack of women on the set, but I think in terms of storytelling it is different just like bonding with a woman and playing with that energy in terms of Van’s character. So it is something I would like to continue exploring.”
It will be interesting how both Insecure and Atlanta explore themes that are beyond the stereotype of the show’s scope. Insecure will return to HBO on August 12th and Atlanta has yet to begin filming for the third season.