Lena Waithe – Actress, Producer, Writer, and all around entertainment savant. She is an incredible, young, QTPOC that is already making history this early in her career.
Waithe, 33, hails from Chicago, and knew from an early age that she wanted to write for Television. She went on to higher education at Columbia College Chicago earning a degree in Cinema & Television Arts.
Her early career started as an assistant to the executive producer on the Black femme cult series “Girlfriends”. She then went on to write, and produce for networks on our favorite shows like “Bones,” “How to Rock,” and “Dear White People.”
Lena broke boundaries and made history at the 2017 Emmy’s as the first Black Woman to win “Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series” on the hit show “Master of None,” the episode that got her the win, was based on her own coming out story.
She recently broke another ceiling with her new hit show – “The Chi,” which she created and also executive produces.
Talk about a working woman!
Waithe is set to make history once again with her new pilot that was just ordered by TBS. “Twenties,” chronicles the life of a brown queer woman in the leading role. Though Black women are currently dominating several networks in the prime-time TV world, courtesy of Olivia Pope, Annalise Keating, and Mary Jane. It is going to be truly amazing to see one of US, spear heading a show about US!
“Waithe stated, “I wrote Twenties back in 2009. I always wanted to tell a story where a queer Black woman was the protagonist, and I’m so grateful to TBS for giving me a platform to tell this story. Queer Black characters have been the sidekick for long enough; it’s time for us to finally take the lead.”
Waithe is one celebrity who has always celebrated publicly, her Blackness, her Queerness, and her Womanhood. Using all of those things inter-sectionally to produce amazing content, and champion diversity in Television, and Cinema. She continues to be a pioneer for diversity for people of color and the Black LGBT community.