Lena Waithe
Lena Waithe
Lena Waithe
Custom Search
Lena Waithe
Go Back


Free the Animation VR / AR
Play to reveal 3D images and 3D models!
Demonstration A-Frame / Multiplayer
Android app on Google Play
vlrPhone / vlrFilter
Project of very low consumption, radiation and bitrate softphones, with the support of the spatial audio, of the frequency shifts and of the ultrasonic communications / Multifunction Audio Filter with Remote Control!


Vectors and 3D Models

City Images, Travel Images, Safe Images

Howto - How To - Illustrated Answers


Lena Waithe
Lena Waithe (born May 17, 1984) is an American actress, producer, and screenwriter. She is known for co-writing and acting in the Netflix series Master

View Wikipedia Article

Lena WaitheWaithe in March 2018Born (1984-05-17) May 17, 1984 (age 34)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.Alma materColumbia College ChicagoOccupation
  • Actress
  • producer
  • writer
Years active2007–presentPartner(s)Alana Mayo (engaged)

Lena Waithe (born May 17, 1984)[1] is an American actress, producer, and screenwriter. She is known for co-writing and acting in the Netflix series Master of None.[2][3][4] Waithe made history at the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards when she won Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for her work on Master of None, becoming the first black woman to do so.[5] The "Thanksgiving" episode for which she won the Emmy was partially based on her personal experience coming out to her mother.[6] She is the creator of the Showtime series The Chi.[7]

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Filmography
    • 4.1 Film
    • 4.2 Television
  • 5 Awards
    • 5.1 Awards
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links
Early life

Waithe was born in Chicago, Illinois.[8][9] Though acting was not originally among Waithe's ambitions,[10][11] she knew from the age of seven that she wanted to be a television writer, and received strong family support for her writing from her single mother and grandmother:[2] her parents had divorced when she was three. Waithe's father died when she was fourteen.[12] Waithe and her sister grew up on the South Side of Chicago until Waithe was age twelve, and attended a local, mostly African-American Elementary magnet school, Turner-Drew[7] but moved to Evanston and finished middle school at Chute Middle School.[13] She graduated from Evanston Township High School and earned a degree in Cinema and Television Arts[14] from Columbia College Chicago in 2006,[3][11][15] praising faculty playwright Michael Fry for his teaching and encouragement.[15][16] Finding more ways to involve herself in the television and film industry, she also worked at a movie theater as well as the media department of a Blockbuster.[17] She moved to Los Angeles in 2006, supported by a locational transfer of her aforementioned Blockbuster job, to begin pursuing her true ambitions.[17]


Having arrived in Los Angeles, Waithe secured a job as an assistant to the executive producer of Girlfriends (2000 TV series), a long running sitcom.[17] Soon after, she landed a minor role in Lisa Kudrow's The Comeback.[17] She later became a writer for the Fox television series Bones,[10] a writer for the 2012 Nickelodeon sitcom How to Rock, and a producer on the 2014 satirical comedy film Dear White People.[18] Waithe wrote and appeared in the YouTube series "Twenties" which was produced by Flavor Unit Entertainment and optioned in 2014 by BET.[19][20] In addition to writing and directing the short film "Save Me", which was shown at several independent film festivals,[21] Waithe wrote the 2013 web series "Hello Cupid" and the 2011 viral video Shit Black Girls Say.[18]

In 2014, Variety named Waithe as one of its "10 Comedians to Watch".[19] In August 2015, Showtime network commissioned a pilot for an upcoming series, The Chi, written by Waithe and produced by Common, which tells a young urban African-American man's coming-of-age story.[22] As the show's creator, Waithe's goal was to bring her experience growing up on the South Side and experiencing its diversity to craft a story that paints a more nuanced portrait of her hometown than is typically shown.[23] Similarly, Waithe continues to extend her influence to support the African American community in the entertainment industry through her role as co-chair of the Committee of Black Writers at the Writers Guild.[13] Waithe was cast in Master of None after meeting creator and lead actor Aziz Ansari who, with Alan Yang, had originally written Denise as a straight, white woman with the potential, according to Waithe, to evolve into one of the main character's love interests: "For some reason, Allison Jones thought about me for it, a black gay woman."[2] Ansari and Yang rewrote the script to make the character more like Waithe: "All of us actors play heightened versions of ourselves."[2] She said, "I don't know if we've seen a sly, harem pants-wearing, cool Topshop sweatshirt-wearing, snapback hat-rocking lesbian on TV."[10] She also said, "I know how many women I see out in the world who are very much like myself. We exist. To me, the visibility of it was what was going to be so important and so exciting."[10]

In 2017, Waithe and Ansari won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for the season 2 episode "Thanksgiving".[24] She became the first black woman to win the award.[24][25][26] Waithe described the episode as based on her coming-out experience as a lesbian.[27] In her Emmy speech, she sent a special message to her LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual)[28] family discussing how "The things that make us different—those are our superpowers.".[29] She ended her speech by recognizing her journey as a minority saying "thank you for embracing a little Indian boy from South Carolina and a little queer black girl from the South Side of Chicago."[30] Waithe also developed an autobiographical drama series called The Chi.[31][32] Out Magazine named Waithe the Out100: Artist of the Year on November 8, 2017.[33]

When Waithe is not actively working on writing, acting, or producing, she works to recruit more people of color and queer artists for her film and television projects.[34]

Personal life

Waithe has been in a relationship with Alana Mayo, a content executive,[35] for three years.[36] They got engaged on Thanksgiving Day 2017.[37]

Waithe described her family as "lazy Christians" and said in 2018, "I'm a huge believer in God, and Jesus Christ, and that God made me and all those things. And I try to just be a good person. I think that is the base of my religion, is to be good, is to be honest."[38]

In August 2018, Waithe made the decision to cut her hair and stated that it made her feel "so free and so happy and so joyful." [39]

Filmography Film Year Title Role Notes 2011 Save Me Director and writer; Short film 2014 Dear White People Producer 2014 Ladylike Co-producer 2018 Step Sisters Producer 2018 Ready Player One Aech / Helen Television Year Title Role Crew role, notes 2007–2008 Girlfriends Assistant to executive producer (2 episodes) 2012 M.O Diaries Writer 2012 How to Rock Writer (2 episodes) 2013 Hello Cupid Writer (7 episodes) 2014 Transparent Jane Episode: "Elizah" 2014 The Comeback Summer Episode: "Valerie Faces the Critics" 2014–2015 Bones Staff writer (15 episodes) 2015-2017 Master of None Denise Main cast, 2 seasons; Writer ("Thanksgiving") 2018 The Chi Creator, writer (3 episodes) 2018 This Is Us Animal Shelter Clerk Episode: "That'll Be the Day" 2018 Dear White People P. Ninny Guest (3 episodes) Awards Awards Year Nominated Work Organization Category Result 2017 Master of None (Episode: "Thanksgiving")
(with Aziz Ansari) Emmy Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Won 2018 N/A MTV Trailblazer Award Won 2015 Dear White People Black Reel Outstanding Motion Picture Lost 2018 The Chi Black Reel Outstanding Drama Series Lost 2017 Master of None Gold Derby Comedy Episode of the Year Won 2014 Dear White People Gotham Audience Award Lost 2018 Ready Player One MTV Best on Screen Team Lost 2018 Master of None Writers Guild of America Comedy Series Lost 2015 Dear White People Film Independent Spirit Best First Feature Lost 2017 N/A Out Artist of the Year Won 2017 N/A The Advocate Person of the Year Lost References
  1. ^ Rose, Lacey; O'Connell, Michael; Sandberg, Bryn Elise; Stanhope, Kate; Goldberg, Lesley (August 28, 2015). "Next Gen Fall TV: 10 Stars Poised for Breakouts". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 2, 2015..mw-parser-output cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output q{quotes:"\"""\"""'""'"}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-free a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/65/Lock-green.svg/9px-Lock-green.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-registration a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Lock-gray-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-gray-alt-2.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-subscription a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/aa/Lock-red-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-red-alt-2.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}
  2. ^ a b c d Garcia, Patricia (November 17, 2015). "Meet Lena Waithe, Master of None's Wisest and Funniest BFF". Vogue. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Zwecker, Bill (November 3, 2015). "Chicagoan Lena Waithe Plays Herself (Sort Of) In Aziz Ansari's Netflix Series". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  4. ^ Falcone, Dana Rose (November 10, 2015). "Master of None cast reveal how they're just like their characters". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  5. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (September 18, 2017). "Lena Waithe Makes Emmy History as First Black Woman to Win for Comedy Writing". Variety. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  6. ^ https://www.facebook.com/bethoniebutler. "Why Lena Waithe's historic Emmy win for 'Master of None' is so meaningful". Washington Post. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Hyman, Dan (2018). "With 'The Chi,' Lena Waithe Heads Home in Search of the Real Chicago". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  8. ^ Swartz, Tracy (November 18, 2015). "Chicago-set pilot to be a mix of 'Fruitvale Station,' 'Crash'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  9. ^ Harris, Marquita (February 5, 2016). "Why We 'Should Be Embarrassed' About This Year's Oscars". Refinery29. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  10. ^ a b c d Weidenfeld, Lisa (November 18, 2015). "'Master of None's' Lena Waithe Talks Accidental Stardom, 'Failure to Launch'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  11. ^ a b Mast, Audrey Michelle (July 11, 2014). "Lena Waithe (BA '06)". Columbia College Chicago: Alumni Spotlights. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  12. ^ Woodson, Jacqueline. "The Cover Story: Lena Waithe Is Changing the Game". HWD. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  13. ^ a b Woodson, Jacqueline (April 2018). "The Cover Story: Lena Waithe Is Changing the Game". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  14. ^ "Lena Waithe '06". Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  15. ^ a b "Millennial Hustle". DEMO Magazine. April 25, 2014. Retrieved November 30, 2015.
  16. ^ "Associate Professor Michael Fry". Columbia College Chicago. Archived from the original on December 11, 2015. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  17. ^ a b c d Haithcoat, Rebecca (2018-01-05). "Master of None's Lena Waithe: 'If you come from a poor background, TV becomes what you dream about'". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  18. ^ a b Goldberg, Lesley (August 11, 2015). "Showtime Orders Black Coming-of-Age Drama Produced by Common". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  19. ^ a b Holman, Jordyn (July 1, 2014). "Comedian Lena Waithe Inks Deal With BET to Write Pilot 'Twenties' (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved November 30, 2015.
  20. ^ Hasin, Sarvat (August 28, 2013). "On Making Mirrors". The Toast. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  21. ^ Fox, Sarah (August 11, 2015). "Lena Waithe, Common to create coming of age drama series". The / Slanted. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  22. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (January 9, 2017). "Showtime Gives Series Order to Drama 'The Chi'". Variety. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  23. ^ Metz, Nina. "Writers and cast of Lena Waithe's 'The Chi' aim to show South Side in a different light". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  24. ^ a b Moniuszko, Sara M. (May 16, 2017). "Lena Waithe's powerful Emmys speech: Our differences 'are our superpowers'". USA Today. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  25. ^ "Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series - 2017". Television Academy. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  26. ^ Saraiya, Sonia. "Lena Waithe on Being the 1st Black Woman Nom'd for Comedy Writing Emmy". Variety. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  27. ^ Villarreal, Yvonne (August 10, 2017). "How Lena Waithe's coming-out story inspired the 'Master of None' Thanksgiving episode". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  28. ^ "About the LGBTQIA Resource Center | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center". lgbtqia.ucdavis.edu. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  29. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (September 18, 2017). "Lena Waithe Makes Emmy History as First Black Woman to Win for Comedy Writing". Variety. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  30. ^ "Read the Full Text of Master of None Writer Lena Waithe's Moving Emmys Speech". Time. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  31. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (September 17, 2017). "Lena Waithe Wins Emmy: First Black Woman to Get Comedy Writing Award". Variety. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  32. ^ Andreeva, Nellie, "Showtime Picks Up Drama ‘The Chi’ To Series; Jason Mitchell Joins Cast – TCA", Deadline Hollywood, January 9, 2017.
  33. ^ "OUT100: Lena Waithe, Artist of the Year". November 8, 2017. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  34. ^ Woodson, Jacqueline. "The Cover Story: Lena Waithe Is Changing the Game". HWD. Retrieved 2018-10-10.
  35. ^ "Alana Mayo | Professional Profile". Linked in. Retrieved December 1, 2017.[dead link]
  36. ^ "Lena Waithe Explains How She Got Into A Relationship With A Straight Woman". Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  37. ^ Missing, Natalie (December 19, 2017). "Lena Waithe Got Engaged on Thanksgiving, Is Truly Committed To Queering Thanksgiving". Autostraddle. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  38. ^ "'The Chi' Creator Lena Waithe Says Television 'Taught Me How To Dream'". NPR.org. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  39. ^ "Lena Waithe explains the significance of chopping off her hair". Page Six. 2018-08-10. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
External links
  • Lena Waithe on IMDb
  • v
  • t
  • e
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series1955–1959
  • James Allardice & Jack Douglas & Hal Kanter & Harry Winkler (1955)
  • Arnold M. Auerbach & Barry Blitzer & Vincent Bogert & Nat Hiken & Coleman Jacoby & Harvey Orkin & Arnold Rosen & Terry Ryan & Tony Webster (1956)
  • Billy Friedberg & Nat Hiken & Coleman Jacoby & Arnold Rosen & A.J. Russell & Terry Ryan & Phil Sharp & Tony Webster & Sydney Zelinka (1958)
  • George Balzer & Hal Goldman & Al Gordon & Sam Perrin (1959)
  • George Balzer & Hal Goldman & Al Gordon & Sam Perrin (1960)
  • Dave O'Brien & Martin Ragaway & Sherwood Schwartz & Al Schwartz & Red Skelton (1961)
  • Carl Reiner (1962)
  • Carl Reiner (1963)
  • No award (1964)
  • No award (1965)
  • Sam Denoff & Bill Persky for "Coast to Coast Big Mouth" (1966)
  • Buck Henry & Leonard B. Stern for "Ship of Spies: Parts 1 and 2" (1967)
  • Allan Burns & Chris Hayward for "The Coming Out Party" (1968)
  • No award (1969)
  • No award (1970)
  • James L. Brooks & Allan Burns for "Support Your Local Mother" (1971)
  • Burt Styler for "Edith's Problem" (1972)
  • Lee Kalcheim & Michael Ross & Bernie West for "The Bunkers and the Swingers" (1973)
  • Treva Silverman for "The Lou and Edie Story" (1974)
  • Stan Daniels & Ed. Weinberger for "Will Mary Richards Go to Jail?" (1975)
  • David Lloyd for "Chuckles Bites the Dust" (1976)
  • James L. Brooks & Allan Burns & Stan Daniels & Bob Ellison & David Lloyd & Ed. Weinberger for "The Last Show" (1977)
  • Harve Brosten & Barry Harman & Bob Schiller & Bob Weiskopf for "Cousin Liz" (1978)
  • No award (1979)
  • R.J. Colleary for "The Photographer" (1980)
  • Michael J. Leeson for "Tony's Sister and Jim" (1981)
  • Ken Estin for "Elegant Iggy" (1982)
  • Glen Charles and Les Charles for "Give Me a Ring Sometime" (1983)
  • David Angell for "Old Flames" (1984)
  • Ed. Weinberger & Michael J. Leeson for "Pilot" (The Cosby Show) (1985)
  • Barry Fanaro & Mort Nathan for "A Little Romance" (1986)
  • Gary David Goldberg & Alan Uger for "A, My Name is Alex" (1987)
  • Hugh Wilson for "The Bridge" (1988)
  • Diane English for "Pilot" (Murphy Brown) (1989)
  • Bob Brush for "Good-bye" (1990)
  • Gary Dontzig & Steven Peterman for "Jingle Hell, Jingle Hell, Jingle All the Way" (1991)
  • Elaine Pope & Larry Charles for "The Fix-Up" (1992)
  • Larry David for "The Contest" (1993)
  • David Angell & Peter Casey & David Lee for "The Good Son" (1994)
  • Chuck Ranberg & Anne Flett-Giordano for "An Affair to Forget" (1995)
  • Joe Keenan & Christopher Lloyd & Rob Greenberg & Jack Burditt & Chuck Ranberg & Anne Flett-Giordano & Linda Morris & Vic Rauseo for "Moon Dance" (1996)
  • Ellen DeGeneres & Mark Driscoll & Dava Savel & Tracy Newman & Jonathan Stark for "The Puppy Episode" (1997)
  • Peter Tolan & Garry Shandling for "Flip" (1998)
  • Jay Kogen for "Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz" (1999)
  • Linwood Boomer for "Pilot" (Malcolm in the Middle) (2000)
  • Alex Reid for "Bowling" (2001)
  • Larry Wilmore for "Pilot" (The Bernie Mac Show) (2002)
  • Tucker Cawley for "Baggage" (2003)
  • Mitchell Hurwitz for "Pilot" (Arrested Development) (2004)
  • Mitchell Hurwitz & Jim Vallely for "Righteous Brothers" (2005)
  • Greg Garcia for "Pilot" (My Name Is Earl) (2006)
  • Greg Daniels for "Gay Witch Hunt" (2007)
  • Tina Fey for "Cooter" (2008)
  • Matt Hubbard for "Reunion" (2009)
  • Steven Levitan & Christopher Lloyd for "Pilot" (Modern Family) (2010)
  • Steven Levitan & Jeffrey Richman for "Caught in the Act" (2011)
  • Louis C.K. for "Pregnant" (2012)
  • Tina Fey & Tracey Wigfield for "Last Lunch" (2013)
  • Louis C.K. for "So Did the Fat Lady" (2014)
  • Simon Blackwell & Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche for "Election Night" (2015)
  • Aziz Ansari & Alan Yang for "Parents" (2016)
  • Aziz Ansari & Lena Waithe for "Thanksgiving" (2017)
  • Amy Sherman-Palladino for "Pilot (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)" (2018)
Authority control
  • WorldCat Identities
  • VIAF: 316798208



WhmSoft Moblog
Copyright (C) 2006-2020 WhmSoft
All Rights Reserved