At this point, it feels that there is nothing Lena Waithe can’t do. I think that’s a clear and decisive narrative with anyone who has the ability to see. Aside from being the first black woman to ever win an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for penning the superb “Thanksgiving” episode from Aziz Ansari masterful Master of None, Waithe is defining her legacy one victory at a time.
The writer/producer/actor by way of Chicago— south side to be exact, is curating something the likes “White Hollywood” isn’t ready for. In the year 2018 the leader of the free world is deemed a “white supremacist”, LeBron James traded his entire team in a day, and Martin might be on the verge of a unwanted reboot. In the midst of all this happening, Waithe just got word that another show of hers has been greenlighted by TBS.
The creator of Showtime’s impressive drama The Chi, has another show called Twenties, which centers around “a queer black girl”. Waithe who is openly gay, has always been a strong advocate for the LGBTQIA community. She feels it’s her right of passage or due diligence to make sure those like her are seen as well as heard. What made the “Thanksgiving” episode so worthy of its praise was that it came from a place of authenticity and sincerity. It was her truth. Sometimes the best stories come from true to life experiences.
“If Lena new series [ Twenties] gains equally notoriety like The Chi, then Waithe is the female version of Kanye West—another classic follow up to a classic.”
Which brings us to The Chi. The aforementioned series depicts inner city life in her beloved city of Chicago. The characters are relatable, the writing is incomparable, and the overall story just resonates with viewers. The city of Chicago plays as a supporting character in itself. The Chi, just like Twenties is another gem Waithe has been keeping in the stash for years. Everything she has created up until this point, begs the question: what else has Lena got up her sleeve? If Lena new series gains equally notoriety like The Chi, then Waithe is the female version of Kanye West—another classic follow up to a classic. Think The College Dropout followed up by Late Registration.
“Lena Waithe is the New Hollywood. If that makes you uncomfortable— well good.”
Lena Waithe is the New Hollywood. If that makes you uncomfortable— well good. To be black, a woman, and gay in White America raises the uncomfortably meter to astronomical levels, but who really gives a damn? Lena Waite is a game-changer. If you’re blind to the fact, you really haven’t been playing close attention to the narrative to behind with.
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