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Waithe First Black Woman to Win Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Waithe First Black Woman to Win Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Aziz Ansari, left, and Lena Waithe. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

By    |   Sunday, 17 September 2017 10:20 PM

Lena Waithe became the first black woman to win the Emmy for outstanding writing for a comedy series along with co-star Aziz Ansari, for her work on the show "Master of None."

Waithe, who plays Denise in the Netflix series, co-wrote the "Thanksgiving" episode with Ansari, the show's creator. The episode focuses on Denise as she discovers her sexuality and comes out to friends and family over the course of 22 years. 

“It’s very black. It’s very female. It’s really gay,” said Waithe of the story at a GLAAD panel in August. “[And] the cool thing about that is so many people loved it.”

"When a straight, white guy is, like, 'Thanksgiving was my favorite episode,' that’s when art is doing its job, when he can look at my character and go, 'I can see myself in her,'" said Waithe.

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Lena Waithe became the first black woman to win the Emmy for outstanding writing for a comedy series along with co-star Aziz Ansari, for the show, "Master of None."
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