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President Obama tells Insecure stars Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji he’s a fan of the hit show

HIGH PRAISE: Yvonne Orji and Issa Rae at The White House

HIGH PRAISE: Yvonne Orji and Issa Rae at The White House

ENDORSEMENT DOESN’T come much bigger than that from the President Of The United States.

So can you imagine the faces of Insecure stars Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji when President Barack Obama told them he watched the hit HBO show – and loves the soundtrack too?

The pair were invited to The White House for the annual Holiday Reception.

Posting a picture of herself and co-star Yvonne in the President’s residence, Issa wrote: “After our black President told us he watches #InsecureHBO (and loves the soundtrack).”

Yvonne added: “This is when #POTUS, after going down the line of gleeful #WHholiday party attendees, suddenly STOPS (like a secret Beyoncé album does to the world!) in front of @issarae and I, and proceeds to HOLD OUR HANDS & tell us that he watches #insecureHBO, loves what women are doing in the creative space, and loves the soundtrack (but can’t quote any of it until after Jan 20 😉). When I tell you, he had the WHOLE group of brown girls soaking in every word. We soaked so hard…we got wrinkles!”

After scoring a cult web hit with The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, Issa Rae created Insecure, one of the most talked about shows of the year, which has recently landed her a Golden Globe nomination.

Awkward Black Girl, which began in 2011, was a response to “the mainstream media portrayal of what blackness is”. The transition from independent internet operator to part of mainstream media has brought new challenges. “I’m a very impatient, impulsive person,” she says. “I’m very used to like, ‘Oh, I have an idea, let me write it, post it real quick, it’s out there, the audience loves it or hates it.’ Insecure has been been a three-year journey from pitch to screen. I’ve been just like, ‘Aaargh! I want to get it out there!’

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