LENA WAITHE did not squander her moment. “The things that make us different, those are our superpowers,” she told the audience in Los Angeles, as she became the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing in September. Ms Waithe, a lesbian, went on to thank her “LGBTQIA family” (standing for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual): “The world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren’t in it”.
Ms Waithe received the award for her writing on “Master of None”, a Netflix series. In “Thanksgiving”, the award-winning episode, the female protagonist—also played by Ms Waithe—struggles to come out to her mother. A few years ago, such a subject would have been considered niche, perhaps material for a sub-plot. Along with Issa Rae (“Insecure”), Donald Glover (“Atlanta”) and Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”), Ms Waithe, who is 33, is part of a generation of young writers, directors and producers who are toppling traditional ideas about what a lead character should look like and…Continue reading
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