'Master Of None': This Is Lena Waithe Today
She's the phenomenal Emmy-winning screenwriter, producer, and actor behind Master of None. Lena Waithe has paved the way for countless hindered artists around the world.
Lena Waithe's Humble Beginnings
Lena Waithe was born May 17th, 1984 in the south side of Chicago, Illinois. With strong support from her single-mother and grandmother, she earned a degree in Cinema and Television Arts from Columbia College Chicago in 2006. She ingrained herself in the world of film by working at movie theaters and the media department of Blockbuster!
When she moved to Los Angeles she earned work for the show Bones, Dear White People, and How to Rock and was even named one of Variety's "10 Comedians To Watch." She then produced a Black American series with rapper Common called The Chi.
Master Of None's Lena Waithe
It was the success of her hard work that earned her a spot as a main cast member in the hit Netflix series Master Of None. The comedy-drama was one of the most-watched shows of the time, created by stand-up comic Aziz Ansari. She even began writing for the show and won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for her episode "Thanksgiving" which depicted her character coming out to her family.
Lena is the very first Black-American lesbian woman to win an Emmy. She is an inspiration for everyone like her who is afraid to pursue their dreams because of their identity. Waithe is a proud LGBTQ+ advocate and is always encouraging minorities to follow their dreams.
Recently, she wrote and produced the fantastic crime film starring Jodie Turner-Smith and Get Out's Daniel Kaluuya, Queen & Slim. She continues to act on the series Westworld and is the creator and writer of the rule-bending new series Twenties.
Check out the Trailer for Twenties here: