Issa Rae’s ‘Butter + Brown’ is Adding Some Color to the TV Culinary Scene

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The sky’s the limit for accomplished writer/actor Issa Rae. Rae has definitely come a long way from her humble beginnings of creating content for us by us on YouTube with Awkward Black Girl. With her growing list of projects, the thriving creator has been steadily proving to the world that she is quite the creative force to be reckoned with. First, Rae got her original show Insecure picked up by HBO, which is in its second season and just received a renewal for a third one by the network.

Then, she rebooted the Milk + Honey series on her YouTube channel over the summer, pitched the most epic black version of a 90210/Gossip Girl hybrid we’ve ever heard, and was announced as a star alongside Amandla Stenberg in Fox 2000’s film adaptation of The Hate U Give. She was also recently celebrated as an honoree at this year’s Black Girls Rock awards show, which honors black women who are uplifting and furthering the black girl magic movement through their power moves in arts, sciences, and humanity in general.

Now, the Insecure writer and actress is giving another one of her web series the network treatment. On August 31, it was announced by Aspire TV that the first season of Rae’s culinary web series Butter + Brown will be premiering on the network, beginning in October.

Created, hosted, and co-executive produced by Leslie Antonoff and Seth Brundle, Butter + Brown adds some much needed color to a sometimes overwhelmingly white culinary series scene (ahem, Food Network). The series is also executive produced by Chef G. Garvin of Turn Up the Heat, and Rae herself.

The first season will feature Antonoff and Brundle cooking whatever tickles their culinary fancy while hosting guests like culinary queen Carla Hall, actor Larenz Tate, and hip hop artist Rick Ross. Games will be played, cocktails will be sipped, and delicious unique foods will be made.

Butter + Brown came to slay! Episodes will start airing on Aspire TV on October 3 at 8 PM EST.

For a taste of what’s to come, catch a previously uploaded episode below.


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Sheriden Chanel is a twenty-something writer, Beyoncé enthusiast, and lover of all things visual art. Keep up with her and her musings on social via @indiebyline.