Being a millennial can be stressful. Watch these shows and realize that you’re not alone in your “adulting” struggles.
Issa Rae has redefined what it means to be a successful black millennial in her groundbreaking series Insecure. We are taken on a journey of love, sex, and black girl magic. This show derived from Issa’s web series on YouTube, Awkward black girl (if you were still hesitating to start your web series, here is proof you can make it to a network). Insecure is a show for black women, by a black woman. As Issa and Molly navigate through their heartbreaks and endless series of unfortunate/awkward events, we see them face various social and racial issues that we can relate to on a day to day basis. However, this show isn’t just for the girls, but it’s for the boys as well. The relationships are realistic and relatable. The culture is unapologetically black and pro millennial. The location is set in the beautiful city of Los Angeles, but not the traditional LA that you’ve seen in previous shows – they explore the predominately black neighborhoods to counteract the stereotypes that have been made for various parts of town. The viewpoint of this show is also one that is unmatched, we see young, successful black people navigating their way through this awkward life of ours. Although, Insecure only has two seasons it has shown no signs of slowing down.Catch up on all of Issa and her friend’s awkward moments on HBO and look out for Season 3 which will be airing this upcoming summer.
A spin off of the popular show Black-ish, we follow Zoey Johnson as she enters the realities of the real world. This show explores what it’s like to initially leave the nest and venture into the daunting world of adulthood. Zoey and her friends take on the tribulations that college throws at a freshman, from finding the balance between boys, drugs, partying.. Oh, and studying for classes of course! Following in the footsteps of Black-ish, we can expect to get weekly lessons on challenges that young adults face in today’s society. Zoey Johnson who is played by Yara Shahidi, is a character that everyone can relate to. She’s down to Earth, a bit whimsical, mixed with a whole bunch of young adult awkwardness. However, the producers didn’t want to just stop there – she has a diverse group of co-stars to accompany her, not your typical co-stars seeing as tho each character has their own storyline. If you haven’t checked out Grown-ish, catch up on it on Hulu or the Freeform app.
3. She’s Gotta Have It
First and foremost let me just start off by saying this show is produced by the infamous Spike Lee. Let’s just let that sit in. If you haven’t seen any productions directed by the genius himself, I’ll just let you know now …you’re sleep. She’s Gotta Have It is actually a remake of a movie he produced back in the 80s, with a modern twist to it. Our main character, Nola Darling, lives in the heart of Brooklyn – well, at least it was that before gentrification begun; now struggling to pay her rent on a block that she has been familiar with since a child. We follow Nola as she struggles with figuring out what type of man she wants to date, her solution? To date three guys at the same time. Now this may sound like a great idea, but with every relationship comes its problems. However, while she is on this journey we also see her struggle with her own issues.
Throughout the episodes there are various topics that are brought to the forefront: mental health, feminism, the mistreatment of women (specifically black women), and the financial struggle of being an artist. Although it touches some deep issues, Nola’s love interest will keep you entertained to say the least. With their widespread of egos and personalities, you can expect to be swept off your feet by one of her suitors. Another reason to stick around is the incredible soundtrack that accompanies this series, in true Spike Lee tradition, he makes sure that you appreciate the music behind the production.
Atlanta FX. Need we say more? With a Golden Globes recognition, Atlanta has become one of the most talked about TV shows. Written, produced and directed by the incomparable Donald Glover, the show follows the life of on-the-rise rapper Paper Boi and his friends as they navigate life, love and the path to success. Although the show’s main characters are guys, the show is literally for every black millennial just trying to “make it.” You can now watch Atlanta every Thursdays at 10 PM EST on FX or binge the whole season on Hulu.