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Lena Waithe          

Emmy Award-Winning Screenwriter, Producer & Actress

Lena Waithe is an American screenwriter, producer, and actress. She starred in the Netflix comedy-drama series "Master of None". She became the first black woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in 2017 for writing the show's "Thanksgiving" episode, which was loosely based on her personal experience of coming out to her mother.

Waithe is also the creator of the Showtime drama series "The Chi", "Boomerang", and "Twenties". She appeared in Steven Spielberg's 2018 adventure film Ready Player One, and in 2019 wrote and produced the crime film Queen & Slim. In 2020, she starred in a recurring role on the HBO series "Westworld".

She became a writer for the Fox television series "Bones", a writer for the 2012 Nickelodeon sitcom "How to Rock", and a producer on the 2014 satirical comedy film Dear White People. Waithe wrote and appeared in the YouTube series "Twenties" which was produced by Flavor Unit Entertainment and optioned in 2014 by BET.

In addition to writing and directing the short film Save Me, which was shown at several independent film festivals, Waithe wrote the 2013 web series "Hello Cupid" and the 2011 viral video Shit Black Girls Say. In 2014, Variety named Waithe as one of its "10 Comedians to Watch".


Lena Waithe Comedy ‘Twenties’ Renewed for Season 2 at BET
Lena Waithe Comedy ‘Twenties’ Renewed for Season 2 at BET

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