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].

<p>"I didn't see myself represented on screen, in television or film, and I love these shows like "Parks and Recreation<i>,"</i> "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."</p> <div style="float:right; margin: 0px 0px 10px 20px; width:416px;"> <object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" id="ep" height="374" width="416"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="movie" value="http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/.element/apps/cvp/3.0/swf/cnn_416x234_embed.swf?context=embed&amp;videoId=showbiz/2011/10/06/awkward-black-girl-issa-rae-interview.cnn" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /><embed src="http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/.element/apps/cvp/3.0/swf/cnn_416x234_embed.swf?context=embed&amp;videoId=showbiz/2011/10/06/awkward-black-girl-issa-rae-interview.cnn" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" bgcolor="#000000" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" wmode="transparent" height="374" width="416"></embed></object></div><p>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.<br /></p><p>The latest episode of "Awkward Black Girl" was released on Thursday, you can watch it below:</p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><br /><br clear="all" /><p></p> <iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/i-iNpSVXbWU" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" width="640"></iframe><br /><br />