stream ‘Insecure’ S4 full soundtrack & ‘Looking for LaToya’ podcast ft. SZA + more related news
The Insecure Season 4 finale aired last night (6/14) on HBO (did you watch yet?), and that means the full soundtrack is out now. The finale used a song off the great new Moses Sumney album græ, and there were also newly-released songs by Rico Nasty, Buddy, Raphael Saadiq, Iman Omari (ft. Kent Jamz), KIRBY (ft. Lucky Daye), and Baby Rose (ft. Q) that are exclusive to the soundtrack. You can stream the entire season 4 soundtrack and a playlist of all songs used in the series below.
Meanwhile, Insecure put out an actual podcast episode of Looking for LaToya, the show's in-universe true crime series. The podcast follows the story of LaToya Thompson, who's played by SZA, and star/creator Issa Rae tells ET that the podcast was inspired by true crime shows like To Live and Die in LA, but also that "one of the things a lot of these true crime podcasts and true crime shows in general have in common is that they're always looking for missing white girls. [Looking for LaToya exposes] the idea that none of these are centered around black girls, and what it would look like if it were -- and finding the dark humor in that." You can listen to the full podcast episode below.
For more spoiler-free insight on the finale, Issa spoke to Harper's Bazaar:
We had been building to this kind of breaking point in [Issa and Molly's] relationship for a minute now. It's something that so many of the women and myself included in the room had experienced with their close female friendships in some ways, that kind of realization that ... we're changing. [That uncertainty of] I don't know if we're changing together or if we're changing apart—and we discussed how painful that is. I haven't seen very many depictions of female friendships in that way. So many female friendships—the breakups at least—are more painful than most romantic relationships. I know that's true for me in life.
[...] This is a story about two Black women, and who better to understand that than other Black women? To bring the beautiful touches that sometimes we may miss in the writers' room, or we may not think about ... to have it realized other Black women is such a treat. It just feels very 'for us, by us' in that way. That's not to say that we only hire Black women. We've had some men direct and recently our DP [Ava Berkofsky], who is a queer white woman, just directed one of our most popular episodes of the season. So we really like just giving opportunities to people who are fan faves. But where Black women are concerned, it is something of a 'for us, by us' type of thing.
Issa also spoke about airing the show during a time of unrest:
I'm so relieved that [people still want to watch] because I would hate to air during a time when nobody wants to see it. So I think it is oddly comforting that people find comfort in us. I'm so grateful for that. It's allowed me solace of kind of escaping with other people to the show because I know when the protest first hit and it started getting world-wide attention, I guess I was a bit more anxious about how to continue to produce, or how to promote the show that we've worked so hard on, and if people would even be in the mood to watch it. So the notes that I got in confirmation were really reassuring. It's just good to know that people are still there for us.
You can read much more at Harper's Bazaar.
As ET points out, many Insecure castmembers have been getting directly involved with protests and using their platforms to help support organizations that are fighting for racial justice. Actor/activist Kendrick Sampson, who plays Nathan in the show, is the founder of BLD PWR, a non-profit that "engages culture, education and activism to build and train an inclusive community of entertainers and athletes to advance radical social change." He helped organize protests in Los Angeles, and he recently spoke out after being beaten multiple times with batons and shot with rubber bullets by LAPD. "I am safe this morning, but the liberation continues tomorrow and beyond. Defund Police," he wrote the next day.
Today (6/15), he is joining Black Lives Matter Los Angeles to present the People's Budget to City Council, and you can watch live at lacityview.org/live at 10 AM PT (1 PM ET).
Issa is also supporting a variety of organizations, including BLD PWR:
Amanda Seales, who plays Tiffany, also compiled a long list of organizations she recommends donating to.
Insecure was officially renewed for a fifth season last month, so stay tuned for that.
Meanwhile, Yvonne Orji, who plays Molly on the show, just released her own special Momma, I Made It! on HBO, and you can stream that now. "I feel like I’m introducing — or maybe I should say reintroducing — myself to fans who only know me from ‘Insecure,’ Yvonne told IndieWire, "who will now get to see me in a totally new light, because this is what I was doing before the series, so I’m excited and ready to see how they respond to what ultimately helped me get the series that they do know me for."
The show description reads, "Interspersed with vibrant, personal footage shot in Nigeria, Yvonne’s native home, during a milestone trip in early January, YVONNE ORJI: MOMMA, I MADE IT! takes an intimate, hilarious look at what being Nigerian-American means to Yvonne – from her international haggling addiction and having her phone tapped by her parents as a kid, to the fine line between cursing people out and putting curses on them. The special was filmed before a live audience at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C." Watch the trailer below.
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