Lena Waithe Writes Her Way to an Emmy

September 25, 2017

The Emmy Awards—what are they? They’re awards that recognize the year’s best TV shows and those who work on them. We’re talking about actors, directors, writers, and other people who make really good TV!

On Sunday, September 17th, 11.4 million people watched as their favorite nominees were announced and the winners in each of the twenty-two categories were awarded. What was one award that stood out? The winner of outstanding writing in a comedy series, Lena Waithe. She is the first female African-American to win an Emmy for that category. In her acceptance speech, she said, “The things that make us different, those are our superpowers. Every day when you walk out the door and 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.” Later in an interview, she commented that she wanted her speech to acknowledge groups that were often underrepresented and she hopes that her work will “leave a path for others to follow, and to break down doors for others to walk through.”