Lena Waithe On Becoming The First Black Woman To Win An Emmy For Writing In A Comedy Series

Lena Waithe

She’s a girl from the South Side of Chicago who had a dream that one day she would be on the Emmy stage, and that dream has come true.

Lena Waithe shared with Vulture magazine, what it felt like making history during Sunday night’s 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

Waithe became the first African American woman to win an Emmy for writing in a comedy series.

“I’m definitely very aware of it,” the “Master of None” star and writer told Vulture. “The big thing for me is to not rest on it, to not think, ‘Oh, I did something that only I could do.’ No! There’s so many other talented women of color who write funny things every day, and I want them to be recognized, I want them to have a seat at the table because we’re out here.”

Lena Waithe“It’s my ambition to make sure people know that there’s so many more people coming up behind myself, coming up behind Donald [Glover], coming up behind people like Sterling [K. Brown] and Issa [Rae] and all these amazing artists. We’re always gonna be here and they better scoot over and make room because we’re here to stay,” she said.

Waithe is reportedly writing a TV movie called “The Chi.”


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