Issa Rae, the producer, director, and star behind “Awkward Black Girl,” was on CNN yesterday discussing what led her to starting shooting her show on her own “gorilla style” [sic].
“I didn’t see myself represented on screen, in television or film, and I love these shows like “Parks and Recreation,” “30 Rock,” just because they have this awkward humor,” Rae told CNN’s Fredrick Whitfield yesterday. “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Seinfeld,” these shows represent my type of humor and I thought it’d be funny to have a series based on this African-American girl who goes through everyday awkward situations.”
Rae, who graduated from Stanford with degrees Political Science and African-American History, went on to say that she read an article asking why a black Liz Lemon—the character played by Tina Fey on 30 Rock—didn’t exist and realized “that’s my idea, that’s what I want to do!” She immediately organized friends to record her first episode.
The latest episode of “Awkward Black Girl” was released on Thursday, you can watch it below: