Women we love: Lena Waithe – using her creative power to change attitudes
After making her name with an Emmy Award for her work on comedy series Master of None, actress, writer, and film-maker Lena Waithe went on to create the series The Chi.
Her latest production is Queen & Slim – a road trip film that explores relationships, racism, and police violence. The film stars Jodie Turner-Smith and Daniel Kaluuya.
Early life and career
Having grown up in Chicago, Waithe always aspired to a career in the entertainment industry. She studied Cinema and Television Arts at college and subsequently moved to Los Angeles to pursue her ambitions.
Writing was Waithe’s strength, and she picked up work on a number of sitcoms, as well as minor acting roles, steadily building her reputation as a comedian on the rise.
Advocacy and Activism
In her acceptance speech for the Emmy she won in 2017 for Master of None, she spoke to the LGBTQ community, saying: “The things that make us different – those are our superpowers.
In 2019, Waithe married Alana Mayo.