Emmys 2017: Lena Waithe Becomes First Black Woman to Win Comedy Writing Emmy

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We’ve been huge fans of Netflix’s Master of None for a while now, and Season 2 of the show topped the first! One big reason why is the episode “Thanksgiving,” a personal episode written by show co-star and writer, Lena Waithe. Well, tonight she made history, winning the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series along with Aziz Ansari, and becoming the first black woman to win a comedy writing Emmy!

“Thanksgiving” was one of the more heartfelt episodes of the season, digging into Waithe’s real life coming-out story as a black woman in Chicago, which featured an amazing guest starring performance from Angela Bassett playing Denise’s mother.

One of the amazing things about Waithe’s acceptance speech, in addition to her amazing tuxedo jacket, was the fact that though Ansari was on stage with her, he didn’t say a word, allowing his friend and colleague to have her amazing moment entirely to herself. And what a moment it was! People in the audience were crying, and I loved when Waithe shouted out the LGBTQIA+ community, saying that the world is better because we are in it.

And television is better, because women like Waithe are in it.

(image: Netflix)

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