This is cruel. This is manipulative. This is awesome.
Insecure star, creator and supreme queen Issa Rae sent fans of her show into a panic this morning with this tweet:
She's up to something, and it's just in time: Season three of the beloved HBO series returns Sunday night, but some of us simply can't wait. She's followed up with three clues since then.
Doors open @ 7:30. 4 clues.— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) August 9, 2018
#1: Her dog is a Public Enemy.
#2: Randy fries his dough here.— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) August 9, 2018
#3: This Grammy-nominated artist had 3 of her songs featured in Season 2.— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) August 9, 2018
#4: Last clue... Derek's baby mama.— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) August 9, 2018
Allow us to do some sleuthing for you.
1. The Public Enemy reference points to Molly (Yvonne Orji), whose French bulldog is called Flavor Flav. So, hopefully, Yvonne Orji is going to be there tonight.
2. As for Randy's...well, that's a reference to Randy's Donuts in Inglewood, CA, as seen in the very first episode. But there is no Randy's in NYC (that we know of). What kind of game is she playing here? Perhaps HBO is setting up a Randy's pop-up, which would be pretty sweet.
3. The Grammy-nominated artist must be SZA, whose songs "Love Galore," "Supermodel" and "Quicksand" were featured in the second season.
4. As you remember from last season's finale, Derek and Tiffany (Amanda Seales) announced to the group that they were expecting. So we're getting Amanda Seales too, fresh off her triumph at Just For Laughs in Montreal?
So far, we know that there's a secret event at 7:30pm. At what we assume to be a pop-up Randy's Donuts. Considering the fact that she tweeted the first post at 8am, we assume Rae is not on the West Coast. So it's likely she's here. And that Yvonne Orji and Amanda Seales may be as well.
Watch Issa Rae's Twitter for more information. And if you crack the code, mind letting us know?
Update: A wise detective on Twitter may have decoded Issa's riddle, or, shall we say, anagram:
MOLLY INGLEWOOD SZA TIFFANY. MIST! MISTHARLEM. SEE YOU THERE. pic.twitter.com/CdlQfWiqzn— Dairia (@dairiakymber) August 9, 2018
We can't confirm this, but Insecure may well be hosting a party at MIST Harlem tonight. Better get in line now.