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Issa Rae Dishes On Her Self-Care Secrets & Shares Why She Says ‘Nah’ To Natural Deodorant
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Issa Rae Dishes On Her Self-Care Secrets & Shares Why She Says ‘Nah’ To Natural Deodorant

After an embarrassing experience in New Orleans, Issa says she's going to need all of the aluminum.

Issa Rae

Now that I know that my once-trusted Eco-Styler Gel is basically poison, I'm questioning every product in my arsenal. Are my tampons toxic? Does my toothpaste cause cancer? Is it time that I finally kick the chemically-infused crack and switch over to all-natural deodorant? While you may be considering going organic and kicking your go-to antiperspirant to the curb, Issa Rae says that after an embarrassing experience in New Orleans, she's going to need all of the aluminum and I can totally relate.

In a recent interview with Page Six, the Insecure creator dished on some of her must-have quarantine self-care secrets and revealed the real reason she will never rock natural deodorant again. She told Page Six:

"Natural deodorant is trash. My stupid ass tried it for the first time in the summer in New Orleans. I was literally walking with my homies and I was like, 'What's that smell?' Then I smelled one of my armpits. I lifted up my arm and it was me! I was so embarrassed."

Although all-natural antiperspirant is a strong "nah" for Issa, the Lovebirds star shared that she has used her time in quarantine experimenting with her beauty routine in other ways:

"My hair feels more healthy. I just feel like I can experiment with different products I have always wanted to use. I can look ugly in my house, 'cause no one see me — it's great! But I do need a mani and pedi."

Along with waking up to work out at 4am and taking a break from her regularly scheduled makeup routine, here are 4 must-have self-care secrets from our favorite not-so-Awkward Black Girl.

Mornings Are For Workouts

Issa told Vanity Fair:

"This is my sweet spot. I always felt like I was behind and I was trying to keep up, so this makes me feel like at least I have a handle on what my day's going to be, and the working out aspect. I don't like coming home after a long day and feeling like, 'Oh, I still gotta move my body?' I'd rather just get it out the way. Also, I'm not a night owl. I'm not about that life. I just don't want it to feel like it's impressive when it's just a preference."

Utilize Time Blocking

"I'm a routine-heavy person. My routine is getting up at 4, working out, then doing all the work that I have from 5:30 to 9. Then 9 is breakfast, and then from 10 to 6 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday is writing. Then Tuesdays and Thursdays are dedicated to all the business shit, all the calls that I have to do."

Take Breaks Frequently

"I've never cooked so much. At work, I barely think about dinner, or I [order] delivery, but I've been doing none of that. I've just been taking breaks for cooking in the middle of the day."

Let Your Skin Breathe

"I'm trying to stay makeup-free as much as I can. I just take care of my skin. This is the first time that I'm consistently using sunscreen when I go outside. I am cleaning, exfoliating and masking a lot, so I'm just trying to keep my skin stress-free."

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The Mamie 'Till' Movie Wants To Empower Us

Sitting in the theater getting ready to watch Nopefor the third time, I was excited, like a good film nerd, to see my friend's first-time reactions to the fun UFO horror-comedy. My heart sank immediately when a trailer for the film Till, which follows the life and legacy of Emmett Till's mother, Mamie, started playing first.

My knee-jerk reaction, of course, comes from years of watching film and TV that have exploited Black trauma onscreen and were created with little (if any) consideration for what could emotionally trigger the Black audience. The 1955 murder of Emmett Till is so heartbreaking and inherently violent; would this film make us live through that violence on screen?

Fortunately, no!

This week, before watching Gina Prince-Bythewood's incredible The Woman King, a featurette for Till played in place of a trailer and it soothed my fears.

"There will be no physical violence against Black people on screen," the film's award-winning director and co-writer Chinonye Chukwu says in the featurette. "I'm not interested in relishing in that kind of physical trauma. We're going to begin and end in a place of joy," she says.

Starring Danielle Deadwyler (whose heartfelt performance on HBO's Station Eleven stole the show) as Mamie, Till is a celebration of Mamie's tireless activism which sparked the civil rights movement that continues today and ultimately culminated in President Biden signing the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act into law just a few months ago in March 2022. "Mamie Till Mobley is a hero," says Alana Mayo, president of Orion Pictures, the production company behind the film. "I'm really, really committed to making movies not just by us, but for us," Mayo says in the featurette.

After a private screening of Till, this week, Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, tweeted that the film was "#Powerful" and "a must see."

Mamie's story of courage in the face of unspeakable tragedy deserves to be told--especially as we continue the fight for civil rights today. Knowing that the Black filmmakers behind the film are centering Black joy and aiming for our empowerment through the film makes a world of difference.

TILLis in theaters October 14.

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