Lena Waithe has been blazing a trail for herself and others ever since she stepped into the industry, and now, the insanely talented creative graces the cover of the April 2018 issue of Vanity Fair.
With several accomplishments under her belt, including becoming the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy-writing, the boundary-pushing star has made it clear that she’s in this industry for the love of the craft and not the thrill of receiving recognition.
“Here’s the irony of it all. I don’t need an Emmy to tell me to go to work. I’ve been working. I’ve been writing, I’ve been developing, I’ve been putting pieces together and I’m bullets, you know what I’m saying?” Waithe told the magazine. “It got me all these meetings that I go in and say I’m too busy to work with you—you should have hollered at me. You can take my call when I call you about this black queer writer over here who’s got a dope pilot, or this person over here who’s got really cool ideas, or this actress who’s really amazing but nobody’s seen her.”
Lena has also been vocal on the fact that her truth is shared by many others who are too timid to speak up –– for this reason, she is championed by those who find it refreshing to live unapologetically. She has become a voice for the people whose stories are in need of being told. As she touches on the challenges of being a black writer in Hollywood, Lena had this to say, “The hardest thing [is] having to pitch your black story to white execs. Most of the time when we go into rooms to pitch, there’s one token black executive that sometimes can be a friend and sometimes can be a foe. I wonder if they think it makes me more comfortable, if that makes me think that they’re a woke network or studio because they’ve got that one black exec. It feels patronizing. I’m not against a black exec. I want there to be more of them.”
In Lena’s Vanity Fair cover story, the Chi-town phenom also discusses her recent trip to L.A. and the allegations against her Master of None co-star.
Read more of Lena Waithe’s cover story here.