• Issa Rae celebrated the "Awkward Black Girl" milestone
  • She took to Instagram to shed light on her journey
  • Rae also appreciated the cast and crew of the comedy series

Issa Rae celebrated "Awkward Black Girl" 10th anniversary Wednesday and recalled how she built her empire 10 years ago, admitting that she is awkward and Black.

The 36-year-old actress took to Instagram and talked about the first episode of the series and how she wanted to sell t-shirts at the time.

The actress posted a picture of herself wearing the same t-shirt and thanked those who purchased it. She further said she had no clue that the series was going to be a game-changer. The actress also appreciated everyone who was a part of the comedy series, including writers, crew, and cast for taking the show as far as it got.

Rae tagged Tracy Oliver in the caption and praised her for taking the series to another level while noting that Pharrell Williams was sure about the second season. Moreover, the actress urged her followers to re-watch the first season.

Following the success of "Awkward Black Girl" in 2011, Rae signed “Insecure” and is currently shooting its last season. The actress helped to change the portrayal of Black women in the entertainment industry.

Rae never presented herself as a perfect girl. Rather her character seemed emotionally messy, remorseless, and raw. Rae organized the virtual watch event of the first season on her YouTube Channel.

In an interview with Harpers Bazaar, the actress revealed that she used to work with a corporate nonprofit before filming her first series. In fact, she simultaneously began her acting career while utilizing her other skills such as editing and videography for talent shows and wedding events.

The actress reflected on her struggles and said that she used to take night classes to study business at UCLA. Rae admitted that she tried really hard to get into other web series before "Awkward Black Girl."

In another interview with The Grio, the actress said, a decade passed so quickly that it has "changed the concept of time" for her. While she acknowledged that the time has changed, she noted that she still feels the same as a person.

"As far as like "Awkward Black Girl" and "Insecure’s" impact in terms of launching other careers, I think that is to be the best part about both," the actress said as she shed light on Amy Aniobi, Oliver, Natasha Rothwell, and Yvonne Orji's popularity.

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Issa Rae is pictured attending the 70th Emmy Awards on Sept. 17, 2018 in Los Angeles. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images