Watch: Lena Waithe Is Black and Unapologetic in the Writers’ Room

The Root 100The Root 100: Celebrating Black Excellence, 10 Years and Counting

“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

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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.

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I have only seen one episode Master of None and it was the Thanksgiving episode. I’d read about it in the spring and I was so glad I watched it. I knew I was watching something special at the time. 

That is, hands-down, probably the best episode of television in the history of the genre. And I’ve watched a lot of television since I was three in the 70s. It is so funny and sad and true about Black family life. I’m from a family of a bunch of women and it was like watching my life on screen. Something I’d never seen prior to that episode.