Lena Waithe on Emmy Win: I’m Not the 1st Black Woman to Write Funny Script

Screenwriter Lena Waithe appeared on The View to discuss her show The Chi, LGBTQ representation in Hollywood, and a hilarious story about persistence featuring Whoopi Goldberg.

Waithe spoke about becoming the first Black woman to win a comedy writing Emmy for her “Thanksgiving” episode of Master of None. She explained why she included other Black women writers in her acceptance speech. She added that timing allowed her the victory. “I know I’m not the first black woman to write a funny half-hour script. … The stars had to align and I ended up being the vessel, so I wanted to make sure I shared that moment.”

She added: “They’ve been beating these doors for so long — so when I came up, I just had to kinda push it with a finger and walk through.”

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