Dive Into Insecure with the Insecuritea Podcast

Dive Into Insecure with the Insecuritea Podcast

Podcast extraordinaires Crissle West (The Read) and Francheska Medina (HeyFranHey) sip, share and spill on all things Insecure with a dynamic discussion known as Insecuritea.

Season 2

The second season is heating up. Get a taste of each episode, below, and listen to the full podcast episodes from both seasons on SoundCloud. Spoilers follow.

Episode 8: “Hella Perspective”

On Issa and Lawrence’s Emotional Talk
“Honestly, I admire them both.” — Fran

“It was well-handled.” — Crissle

“That scene right there: he left and she closed the door, and they both just left it alone. I was like, ‘wow.’ I’m a romantic, a hopeless, helpless romantic, so I would have run down and grabbed him.” — Fran

Episode 7: “Hella Disrespectful”

On Lawrence and Aparna
“I guess I’m not surprised that Lawrence is already starting something new, again. I’m like, bro… did he not learn anything? He just hurt someone. He didn’t resolve anything with Issa, jumps into a new thing, hurts her, jumps into a new thing? This is wild.” — Fran

“Why can’t you be by your f**king self somewhere?” — Crissle

Episode 6: “Hella Blows”

On Issa Showing Up at Eddie’s Unannounced

“I couldn’t believe she did that.” — Crissle
“It makes me so uncomfortable. At first I got it, but now it’s getting to the point where like, girl, now you’re just being ridiculous.” — Franchesca Ramsey
“She seems pressed. At this point it’s a little pressed.” — Fran
“It’s not even just a hoe phase because you want to have one, but because you feel like you need to have one.” — Crissle

Episode 5: “Hella Shook”

On Frieda and Issa's Conflict
"Frieda's making it clear in this scene that she's just not going to let it go. Issa's gonna have to say something. And it's another situation where I see both sides of what's going on here." — Crissle

"Right, because Issa said to her, 'Well, it must be nice to have the privilege of deciding when you want to be frustrated with a situation.' In a way, yes, there's a part of Issa that's trying to create a successful program so her boss can get off her back. But I do think she genuinely wants this program to work." — Fran

Episode 4: “Hella L.A.”

On Issa and Daniel’s Kiss ‘n Grind Reunion
“I think [Issa] realized, with the incident with Daniel, had she resisted that, she and Lawrence would still be together. Maybe she would still be miserable or frustrated with him and maybe he would have never gotten his shit together -- or maybe he would have and they would have gotten out of the rough patch. But she don’t know, because she went on and scratched that itch with Daniel.” — Crissle

On Lawrence Parking Outside Issa’s Place
“What the f**k what that about? That was so random. I guess in a way, [Lawrence] got [his feelings] hurt just now -- he got bruised the f**k up -- and it was a reflex to go back to Issa. Can’t go to Tasha. We don’t know, but it was his reflex to go home. I get it, in that sense, on an emotional level. But on another level, I was like, get out of here! What if she pulls up?” — Fran

Episode 3: “Hella Open”

On the We Got Y’all Debacle
“I think, deep down, Issa knows that Frieda has a really good point, but she doesn’t want to be wrong, she doesn’t want to prove her co-workers right about the school and she wants to show that she can actually do the work. And when your love life is falling apart, you might as well pour everything into work.” — Crissle

On Lawrence Bailing on the BBQ
“When [men] are hurt, because you [you guys] don’t process your emotions… And I get it… [it’s] the way society is set up, you’re not really encouraged to do that. But you guys hide under other people for your healing. You go and expect a woman to take on your bulls**t [in order] to heal you, and then when you’re healed, you just move on and throw her away.” — Fran

Episode 2: “Hella Questions”

On Issa’s Confusion Towards Lawrence

“I think it’s clear that [Issa’s] in that in-between phase where she knows that the relationship is over -- technically -- and she should be moving on, but she’s still holding onto that hope of maybe they can work it out.” — Crissle

On Tasha Forgiving Lawrence

“For two seconds, I was so hyped because I admire women who are so clear-cut. And the way she was in that previous living room scene… But now I guess she’s like, ‘You know what, I’m not letting him go.’” — Fran


Episode 1: “Hella Great”

On Molly’s Dating Woes

“Everybody has their brand of crazy. It takes a special dude to recognize your crazy and be like, ‘I’m not afraid of it.’ She just hasn’t met that dude that’s not afraid.” — Yvonne Orji

On Issa Finding Lawrence’s Jury Duty Notice

“How much could you relate to Issa being genuinely hyped that he has to come pick up a letter?” — Fran

“The wheels started turning immediately.” — Crissle

Season 1

Whether you’re bingeing for the first time or just want to relive the realness, here are the Insecuritea installments from Insecure’s debut season.

Episode 1: “Insecure As F**k”

On Yvonne and Issa

“It was good to see two dark-skinned black women in these leading roles and not really embracing the ‘black girl magic,’ ‒ not that they don’t have it ‒ but it’s more of ‘I don’t really feel black girl magic-y, I kinda feel black girl shitty.’ ” — Crissle

On Lawrence and Issa’s Relationship

“It’s that dangerous space of not being happy, but not being unhappy enough to leave, so you’re kind of there.” — Fran

Episode 2: “Messy As F**k”

On Dating App Culture

“So in other words, whether it’s in real life or apps, dating sucks.” — Fran

“That’s what Molly was trying to get Issa to see, like ‘Girl, you’ve been out of the game for a while, you don’t understand. You’ve forgotten, but it’s rough.’ ” — Crissle

Episode 3: “Racist As F**k”

On Code-Switching

“I grew up with the message of ‘around white people or at work or at school you do this,’ and it’s definitely rooted in respectability politics.” — Crissle

“Yeah, because you have to represent the entire black race.” — Fran

“Especially if you’re the only one there, because that means now you are ‘the black’ and if you do not perform as well as everyone else, then it’ll be a discredit to the whole race. But if you’re at the top of your class, then you’re an exception, an anomaly; no other black people would have done it, you’re just the only one.” — Crissle

Episode 4: “Thirsty As F**k”

On Molly’s Dating Faux Pas

“It’s still really annoying to have somebody you’ve only gone out with for a few times checking up on you like that… She’s going from two or three dates in her mind to like, ‘we’re basically in a relationship.’ ” — Crissle

Episode 5: “Shady As F**k”

On Dating Expectations

“Until you light a fire under your ass and try to reach your potential, there’s not a reason for me to date you.” — Crissle

“I’ve dated people who made more or looked better on paper or had these advanced careers and advanced degrees... and they were still sh**ty.” — Fran

“I think there’s something to be said that black women have been asked to settle for whatever… There are lots of black women who have to watch their white counterparts be able to say freely ‘I don’t date guys who don’t have this or this.’ ” — Crissle

Episode 6: “Guilty As F**k”

On Issa’s Guilt

“Speaking of doing the most for somebody, Issa’s guilty conscience is overcompensating in a big way.” — Crissle

“Daniel should’ve been changed in her phone to Danielle a long time ago.” — Crissle

Episode 7: “Real As F**k”

On Bigger Themes

“Issa is bringing in the mental health conversation. She just brings in so many layers that are so valuable to our community.” — Fran

“It’s not that black girls are killing it and we totally understand everything about intersectionality, wellness and being good to ourselves. These are complicated black characters and everybody’s fucked up in at least one real way.” — Crissle

Episode 8: “Broken As F**k”

On Relatability

“I thought it was going to be a really silly show, but they were able to integrate humor and delve into really deep topics. And the way they did it, it wasn’t too heavy, but it was really thought-provoking.” — Fran

“I love that we get to see so many different kinds of black women, not just on TV, but on one show. It’s not just a friend group made up of the same type of black girl who have the same background and went to the same school. It looks a lot more like real life in this show.” — Crissle


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