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


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.