Riese’s Team Pick: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

Are you awkward? Are you black? Are you a girl? If you are one, both, all, or none of those things, you will like “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” the best webseries I’ve seen since Haviland & Riese did those random vlogs like in the 90s. Seriously even when my internet connection got screwed up, resulting in YouTube only playing two seconds of the show at a time, I still sat there, laughing in staccato, waiting for each subsequent second of amusement to reveal itself to me!

Created by Issa Rae, “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” follows the title character and friends as she navigates through life, love and awkward situations.”

++Here’s Episode 2:

There’s 5 episodes so far and also t-shirts!

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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in nine books, magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. She's Jewish and has a cute dog named Carol. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. oh these are amazing!! seriously lovely!

    two favorite scenes:
    – making up rap songs
    – high fiving herself to downplay an awkward wave

    hahaha! thanks for these!

  2. lmfao “What the fuck rhymes with pussy-n****???” Love this! So watching this now :D

  3. Finally someone is giving this some love! The world needs know about Awkward Black Girl; there are a lot out there.

  4. Oh god, Riese. These are hilarious. I am definitely going to watch the other three now.

  5. I love that part of your job is to find funny shit on the internet, you guys are all so good at it.

  6. The awkward hallway interaction from ep. 3…THIS IS ME! Right down to the facial expressions!

  7. I should be doing work, but I find that I am instead somehow on episode five. This is so good.

  8. I was wondering when you guys were going to do an article on this web series! It is absolutely hilarious. I watched a marathon for the second time last night and woke up every one in the house laughing…oops. :)

  9. This is all too real for me and my life. Wow.
    So real.

    And if I weren’t so broke, I would totally order the “I’m awkward. And mixed” shirt right now. Too perfect.

    • mine as well. last friday night i was that gal at the party. retrospect, though, very funny.

  10. from ep 2:
    “I would love to express that to her.” [in her mind: SHUT UP…SHHH….SHUT UUUUUP. Seriously. What’s wrong with you? What the fuck is wrong with you?] “But, I’m passive aggressive, and I hate confrontation.”

    story of my life

  11. “Am I the only one who acts like they’re in a music video when they’re alone?” Hahaha. She won me over with that. “What the fuck rhymes with pussy nigga?” HA! First episode was hilarious.

  12. I just noticed the “Love and Basketball” reference. “Damn girl, I didn’t know FUBU made dresses!” Subtle changes make the difference. Love it!

  13. I am in love.

    It’s like you decided to follow my tumblr and made a personalized recommendation. Or maybe you heard from Croce that I’m as awkward as an awkward turtle on a fucking beach resort named Smiley Smilington.

    I have hope now. There are other people out there. Now if only, the awkward black AND queer girl could make a cameo on this/a webseries… UNICORN PLAN-IT anyone???? (lmfao)

  14. God, I love nothing more than seeing other equally awkward people. This is definitely going to be added to my list of must-watch webseries.

  15. i love this show….every episode depicts at least one awkward moment that has happened to me before lol

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