“I always wanna be a Muhammad Ali, a Colin Kaepernick. I’d rather lose a check and stand up for righteousness than to sit on my pile of money while my people are suffering.”

—Lena Waithe

The Root 100 honoree Lena Waithe made history earlier this year when she became the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing, and we have a feeling it won’t be her last. Watch above.


The Root 100 prime-time special airs on Fusion TV on Sunday at 9 p.m.