Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lena Waithe Makes Emmy History

Openly queer Lena Waithe made history at the 69th Emmy Awards by becoming the first black woman ever nominated & winning an Emmy for writing in a comedy series. She won along with Aziz Ansari for their "Thanksgiving" episode of Master of None about coming out that they co-wrote together focused on Waithe’s character Denise & was based on Waithe’s own experience as a queer black woman going home for Thanksgiving. She used her acceptance speech to make one of the most powerful & honest statements about LGBTQ acceptance. Waithe stated, “…Last but certainly not least, my LGBQTIA family. I see each & every one of you. The things that make us different—those are our superpowers. Every day when you walk out the door, put on your imaginary cape & go out there & conquer the world, because the world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren’t in it. Everybody out there that showed us so much love for this episode, thank you for embracing a little Indian boy from South Carolina & a little queer black girl from the South Side of Chicago.” Unfortunately when we were watching Entertainment Tonight & a few of the other mainstream entertainment news shows covering the Emmy winners they neglected to report on this historical accomplishment. Some of the other LGBTQ wins at the Emmy Awards include Kate McKinnon & Black Mirror episode ‘San Junipero!’
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