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[Video] Lena Waithe Is the First African-American Woman to Win an Emmy for Comedy Writing


Lena Waithe, star and writer for Netflix’s Master of None, made history when she was nominated for an Emmy for writing the “Thanksgiving” episode of the series. But it’s the kind of history that makes everyone look back and think, “Wait, this can’t be right, are we really that behind the times?”
Waithe’s nomination made her the first African-American woman to be nominated for a comedy writing Emmy award… ever. It’s a stat that was so esoteric — yet so important and unfortunately ignored — that even Waithe didn’t know she had made history.

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