Just 24 hours ahead of the fifth and final season premiere of "Insecure," creator and star Issa Rae welcomed hundreds of fans gathered at the parking-lot-turned-venue of Hilltop’s Coffee and Kitchen in L.A. for Insecure Fest — a five-hour live musical celebration of the show.
Crissle West and Fran Medina, hosts of the “Insecuritea” podcast, emceed the live festival and welcomed Rae and Orji to the stage to introduce a sneak peek screening of the Season 5 premiere episode.
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“I gotta shout out Hilltop for hosting this in the parking lot, make sure to go there and get you some lavender lattes because that’s my favorite," Rae quipped, before giving a final thanks to HBO for giving her and the show this platform.
“Shows like ‘Insecure' and ‘Atlanta' are really pushing the envelope and making people question why don’t we have more shows like this on TV for Black women, Black men and the Black community,” he said.
“This is just a culmination of what Issa’s vision is in general,” she continued. look sexy, and she has done that all five seasons.” “To have a place where Black people can come together and make Inglewood and South L.A.
“We didn’t know how the show would be perceived then, but seeing all of the support and love from the community off the bat from this show made us realize we were doing something right by this event.” “The event has definitely gotten bigger since we started,” Gagne explained.
This year’s event showcased local Black-owned vendors including Eso Won Books, Sienna Naturals, Gorilla Rx Wellness and Supervsn Studios, with musical performances by Flo Milli, Schoolboy Q, Jazmine Sullivan, Duckwrth and Kamaiyah.


This is just peak Blackness. Speaking to the crowd, Orji added: “Y’all look beautiful tonight. Blackness on Blackness.”
The party also marked the first live-event for HBO’s Scene in Black initiative, launched in September.
Ahead of the show's Sunday night launch on HBO, Orji had one request for the fans as they watch the season: “I would love to see Twitter in Season 5 just love Molly a little bit more!”
Fans posed in front of recreations of iconic set pieces from the show, including Issa’s Dunes Apartment Building, the We Got Y’all building and a mirror where they could mimic Issa’s signature pep talks.
As another real-life connection, hosting the event at Hilltop also represented Rae’s growing business empire, as she’s a partner with the coffee shop. First held as a block party in Brooklyn celebrating “Insecure’s” first season, the festival has grown to mimic Rae’s character Issa Dee’s block party featured in Season 4 of the HBO comedy.
Insecure Fest also wrapped up weeks of celebration for Rae and the crew, who hosted watch party screenings of season 1-4 in theaters with fans last week and danced the night away at the Season 5 Premiere party at Kenneth Hahn Park on Thursday night.
Taylor, Dominique Perry and Sujata Day, plus showrunner Prentice Penny showed up and out for the outdoor party. Winger, Courtney A. Jackson, Christina Elmore, Jean Elie, Leonard Robinson, Tristen J. Alongside Rae, cast members Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis, Sarunas T.
After the screening, fans were encouraged to continue enjoying food and drinks and partying alongside the cast members as they turned the venue into a dance club. Roars of laughter surged throughout the crowd during the screening, with cast members standing up to revel in their favorite moments along with the fans.
Reflecting on both the legacy of this event and the show that it celebrates, Ellis emphasized the importance of Black storytelling.
WarnerMedia’s senior VP of multicultural marketing Jackie Gagne spoke to Variety about the evolution of Insecure Fest over the years.
“I hope that they went easy on us this season, and if they didn’t go easy on us, don’t listen to that shit.” to host this means so much,” Rae said. “I am such a massive fan of theirs and the fact that they would come all the way out from New York to L.A.
“This idea of bringing together the Black community and tapping into Black-owned businesses and having this opportunity to celebrate together — especially a show like ‘Insecure,’ was really important to us and special,” she added.

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Krasinski directed the story of an isolated family of four who must live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound. He's working on the script for the sequel.
The original film was a massive success, grossing more than $350 million worldwide on a $15 million budget.
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