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Lena Waithe on the Changing Tide in Representation

10/19/2017

In one of her first sit-down interviews since winning an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, Master of None’s Lena Waithe discusses her writing process with Aziz Ansari, taking us behind the scenes to find out which parts of her award-winning episode, “Thanksgiving,” were based on her life and even how some of the episode’s best jokes were formed. She also explains the power of a specific, authentic script that doesn’t try to appeal to everyone and her commitment to amplifying voices like hers, saying, “There's a million Lenas. It’s my job not just to say that, but to make sure I’m mentoring and that I’m finding them, and that they’re prepared for the opportunity….so that the industry is a true reflection of society.”

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