‘Insecure’ stars Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji have a real black girl reaction to Golden Globes nomination

Hands down the best part about Issa Rae’s new HBO series Insecure was her character’s and Molly’s (Yvonne Orji) friendship. In my 31 years, I’ve never seen two black 20-something women on TV, far from rich and far from having it all figured out, who affectionally call each other bitch and drop the N-word casually in conversation — like so many of us do when not in the presence of mixed company. They’re down to ride when the time calls for it (see: Molly driving Issa back to L.A. to talk to Lawrence). And they call each other out on their bullshit (see: Issa telling Molly that therapy wouldn’t be such a bad idea). In that regard, it’s the most authentic portrayal of the black girl friendship we’ve seen on TV. The pair seamlessly embodying sisterhood on the show was an inevitable catalyst for a genuine friendship off camera.

Yesterday, the Golden Globes nominations rolled in like thunder with people of color nominees. Rae was among the talented crop who scored a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Comedy or Musical. The show’s creator and star apparently hadn’t heard the news when Orji FaceTimed her at the “butt-crack of dawn” to inform her. Because it was so early in the morning, and like almost all black women when they first wake up, both Rae and Orji had on their headscarves. You couldn’t get a more authentic black girl reaction than the one we got to witness when Orji uploaded the beautiful moment to Instagram.


“That time @issarae got nominated for a @goldenglobes and I FaceTimed her at the butt-crack of dawn and went through all the emotions of pure excitement in our matching headscarves!” Orji wrote on Instagram.

Orji’s hashtags are a masterpiece, including gems like #SheReallyDidWakeUpLikeThis and #ProtectDemEdges. The most revealing part of this black-girls-are-every-fucking-thing moment is that Rae had never FaceTimed. She is either a new iPhone user or Orji is side-eyeing her for not being on the iPhone train.

In response to the number of people of color nominated this year, Rae tweeted a link to Wale’s “Black Is Gold.” “How I feel today seeing all these mela-nominations. Thank you everybody!” she tweeted.

No way you could look at the details of this photo and not crack a wide smile. The laughs, the headscarves, the excitement, the friendship. All of it is just pure magic.