Lena Waithe is the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing 3 years ago

Lena Waithe is the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing

If you haven't been watching Master of None, you should be watching Master of None.ย 

The show returned earlier this year for its second season to Netflix.


It follows Aziz Ansari's Dev and a host of his mates as they navigate their way through New York City, messy relationships, and questionable dates.

The series has been highly praised for its inclusive cast, its exploration of diversity in America, and its breaking down of stereotypes.

One episode in particular that stood out from this year's season was 'Thanksgiving.'

Written by Ansari and writer and cast member Lena Waithe, it follows Waithe's character as she settles into her sexuality and struggles to gain acceptance from her family.

Last night, Waithe became the first ever black woman to win an Emmy for outstanding writing in a comedy series.

(She had also been the first black women to ever be nominated for outstanding writing in a comedy series.)

Waithe, alongside Ansari, took to the stage to accept their award, but soon after their arrival, Ansari passed the mic to Waithe.


She started her speech by saying, "Let me reclaim my time. Give me a second."

She thanked Netflix and her girlfriend before addressing the LGBTQ community.

"I see each and every one of you. The things that make us different, those are our superpowers. Every day when you walk out the door and put on your imaginary cape and go out there and conquer the world , because the world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren't in it.

And for everybody that showed us so much love of this episode. Thank you for embracing a little Indian boy from South Carolina and a little queer black girl from the South Side of Chicago."

The importance of Waithe's speech was not lost on Twitter, as many took to social media to applaud her.



Later on, Waithe also told Buzzfeed reporters that she hoped her win would allow more black women to succeed in the industry.


"I hope it will open up people's eyes to give women of color a seat at the table so they can tell their stories."