Lena Waithe is the first black female comedy writer to win Emmy

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Lena Waithe made history at the Emmy awards last night as there is no other black woman to win in the category of comedy writing. The lesbian comedian was honored for co-writing the Master of None episode Thanksgiving with co-creator Aziz Ansari. She devoted her accepting speech to LGBT community and the problem of diversity in the entertaining industry. “Thank you for embracing a little Indian boy from South Carolina and a little queer black girl from the south side of Chicago. We appreciate it more than you could ever know. My LGBTQIA family, 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, 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,” she said. Love, heartbreak, race, sexuality and humour are all explored throughout the season but episode eight, Thanksgiving, stands out by far. It delves deeper into the backstory of Denise (Waithe), Dev’s (Ansari) childhood friend, over 30 years of Thanksgiving celebrations.

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