‘Insecure’: Viewers Can Listen to an Episode of ‘Looking for Latoya’ in Podcast Special
Similarly to thousands of Americans, Issa, Lawrence, and Molly are obsessed with a true-crime series; a fictional one named Looking for LaToya. The show-within-a-show plays off our love of true crime while also pointing out the lack of missing black females that are covered in the podcasts as well as mainstream media. Additionally, the writers added an Insecure spin on Looking for LaToya. According to creator and actress Issa Rae, the true-crime series also serves as a “metaphor of Molly and Issa’s friendship of asking the ‘whodunnit’ question like, ‘who killed the friendship?”
While viewers have seen bits and pieces of the addictive series the Insecure crew can’t turn off, they can finally dive deep into LaToya’s story in a special one-hour long podcast.
‘Looking for LaToya’ in ‘Insecure’
Throughout Insecure Season 4, Issa, Lawrence, and Molly haven’t been able to stop watching the true-crime series, Looking for LaToya. It follows investigative journalist Rose Cranberry (Terri J. Vaughn), who tries to locate missing a 26-year-old Inglewood-based black female, LaToya Johnson, last seen at a Red Lobster.
The local media doesn’t cover the disappearance as the police mistook her for a vehicle at a press conference. Therefore, Rose, who pointed out how often black girls are forgotten, began investigating herself. She started by knocking on doors and asking if they recognized LaToya or saw her recently.
One person immediately slammed the door in her face while others noted they hadn’t seen her. Some locals thought a white guy took her, whereas a few accused her boyfriend, Rufus (portrayed by singer Ray J), who bluntly noted they had sex but denied killing her.
While viewers have seen segments of the addicting show as one of the characters watched it, they can hear the entire story for themselves in a podcast special.
Viewers can listen to an episode of ‘Looking for LaToya’ in podcast special
Tenderfoot TV, creators of popular true crime podcasts such as Up and Vanished, To Live and Die in LA, and Atlanta Monster, teamed up with Issa Rae’s label, Raedio, and HBO, to bring viewers an hour-long scripted podcast that will premiere the same day as the Season 4 finale, June 14.
It stars singer and songwriter SZA who portrays LaToya, Terri J. Vaughn of Steve Harvey Show fame as Rose Cranberry, singer Ray J as Rufus, Real Housewives of Atlanta stars Porsha Williams as Tasha and Kandi Burruss-Tucker as Glenda, and Carl Anthony Payne II of Martin fame as Bryan.
Viewers will hear never before seen details and information about the mysterious disappearance of LaToya. Directed by an Insecure executive producer, Amy Aniobi, and written by Chris Sanford and Kindsey Young, who also writes for the series, the podcast is an additional nod to the cultural commentary of today’s world.
It also emphasizes the lack of true crime shows investigating missing black women as well as the importance of covering these stories in mainstream media through parody. Insecure Season 4 finale and the podcast special of Looking for LaToya premieres June 14.