Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE: Actor, Writer, and Producer Lena Waithe Capitalized on Her History-Making Emmy Win to Launch Numerous Other Projects Focusing on the Black Experience

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE: Actor, Writer, and Producer Lena Waithe Capitalized on Her History-Making Emmy Win to Launch Numerous Other Projects Focusing on the Black Experience

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Lena Waithe made history at the 2017 Emmy Awards by becoming the first black woman ever to win in the category of writing for a comedy series, with Master of None. Waithe, 34, who played Denise in the Netflix series, cowrote the "Thanksgiving" episode with cocreator Aziz Ansari. Her recognition also marked the first time a black woman was nominated for a comedy writing Emmy.

In The Chi, the new series Waithe created for Showtime, the out lesbian and Chicago native focuses on the nuances of black life by pulling inspiration from her hometown. She's currently developing a semi-autobiographical TBS pilot, Twenties, a story about a black queer woman and her two straight best friends working to make their dreams come true. She's also cocreator of BET's Boomerang, an adaption of the 1992 comedy starring Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, and Robin Givens. Berry is set to star in the 10-episode series that follows the children of the film's main characters.

The actor and writer is adding another title, aijbecoming a producer. She announced last summer plans to develop and executive produce an as-yet-untitled series for HBO with The Read's Kid Fury. A show synopsis describes it as "a dark comedy that will follow a 20-something gay black man juggling adulthood and life in New York City as he struggles with depression."

Recently named one of The Hollywood Reporter's 2018 Women in Entertainment Power 100, Waithe recognizes the continued need for diversity, particularly for female writers and black people. …

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