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Lena Waithe Becomes First Black Woman to Win Emmy for Comedy Writing

lena_waithe_emmy_winCongratulations to¬†Master of None‘s Lena Waithe — becoming the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, Sunday night.

Accepting the award alongside her co-writer, Aziz Ansari, Waithe thanked fans and supporters of the LGBQTIA community, considering the award highlighted the series’ season two ‘Thanksgiving’ episode. It was that episode where Waithe’s character, Denise, came-out to her mother. A story Waithe says was inspired by her life and own coming out story to her mother.

“Last and certainly not least, my LGBQTIA family,” Waithe stated. “I see each and every one of you. 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. And for everybody out there that showed us love for this episode, thank you for embracing a little Indian boy from South Carolina and a little queer Black girl from the south side of Chicago. We appreciate it more than you would ever know. Thank you, Academy for this. We love ya’ll. God bless ya’ll.”

Waithe wasn’t the only African-American that made history Sunday night, at the 69th Annual Emmy Awards.

Atlanta‘s Donald Glover became the first Black director to win for the same category and This Is Us‘ actor Sterling K. Brown became the first African-American actor to win Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

Congratulations to the winners.

Watch Lena Waithe’s Emmy award speech below:

(Photo: Lena Waithe/Instagram)

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