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Issa Rae Reflects on the Cancellation of “Rap Sh!t” and the Alarming Trend of Black TV Shows Facing the Axe



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In a recent interview, Issa Rae, the creator of the rap-themed show “Rap Sh!t,” delved into the show’s cancellation, shedding light on a disconcerting pattern of black TV shows meeting the same fate. Despite the second season wrapping up earlier this month, accompanied by a mixtape soundtrack featuring artists like Sexyy Red, Rico Nasty, Kaliii, Guapdad 4000, and more, HBO confirmed that “Rap Sh!t” won’t be returning for a third season.

Rae expressed her concerns about the cancellation, emphasizing the troubling trend of black shows being discontinued. She remarked, “You’re seeing so many Black shows get cancelled, you’re seeing so many executives – especially on the DEI side get canned. You’re seeing very clearly now that our stories are less of a priority.”

Addressing the lack of accountability, she added, “I am pessimistic because there’s no one holding anybody accountable – and I can, sure, but also at what cost? I can’t force you to make my stuff. It’s made me take more steps to try to be independent down the line if I have to.”

Issa Rae’s interviews are known for their humor and relatability. In a previous interview, she shared her contentment about achieving fame in her 30s, allowing her to learn valuable lessons before facing public scrutiny, especially in contrast to younger celebrities.

Despite the setback with “Rap Sh!t,” Rae remains part of one of the most significant financial successes of the 2020s. She played a role in the cast of “Barbie,” which not only broke box office records but also became a standout pop culture moment in 2023. As fans process the cancellation of “Rap Sh!t,” Issa Rae’s perspective on the industry’s challenges sparks a conversation about the representation and prioritization of black stories on television. Share your thoughts on Issa Rae’s take in the comments below.

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