Today I’d like to shine the light on Lena Waithe for her addition to this Black History. I learned more about her after listening to her interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air. She’s an amazing force who knew from the age of 7 that she wanted to write for television. Growing up, she had strong support from her mother and grandmother to write. She attended an elementary magnet school and after high school, went on to earn a degree at Columbia College Chicago in 2006 with a degree in Cinema and Television Arts.
She made history becoming the first black woman to win an award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series on Master of None. During her speech, she told the LGBTQIA community:
The things that make us different — those are our superpowers.
What I love about incredible people like Lena, is their influence in areas of life that they fill to pave the paths for others like them.