Fantasy met reality on Saturday as “Insecure” creator, Issa Rae rewrote the history books as the first person to receive the key to the city of Inglewood in its 114-year history.
She was bestowed the honors by Mayor James T. Butts at Saturday’s Taste of Inglewood festival.
Recall Her lead character was bestowed the same honor during the final season of the hit HBO show Insecure by Mayor Tyra Banks in the recent fifth and final season.
Mayor James T. Butts presented the key to “Issa Rae, the queen of Inglewood.” Speaking on the honors the 37-year-old, visibly overwhelmed said:
“I’m a little emotional, I’m trying to be a thug right now. The mayor really flabbergasted me in that this is the first key in 114 years. It’s a huge honor and I just want to thank you all so much for your support. Thank you to the mayor, thank you to the city of Inglewood for making it so easy for us to film here, for helping us to showcase this city that I love so much,” Rae said in her speech.
“I have to give love to my grandparents who have lived here, who have lived in Briarwood for a long time and who established my first point of view of Inglewood and love the city themselves; my mom and my sister who live here actively,” she continued. “And just for being here, I have to give a shout-out to my collaborators and my company members at Hoorae who have come out here to support me. But I’m truly honored to receive this. I will always put on for my city. Inglewood, South L.A., stand up.”
Rae, a native of Inglewood, has notably brought a spotlight on the city by featuring areas on her HBO show.