Lena Waithe made history Sunday night when she scooped up an Emmy Award for her work on the (excellent) second season of Master of None, becoming the first black woman to win in the comedy writing category.
Waithe accepted the award alongside series star and co-creator Aziz Ansari, who collaborated with Waithe on the episode “Thanksgiving.” But Ansari stepped aside as the duo ascended the stage, letting Waithe take the mic.
Waithe thanked her “LGBTQIA family” in her impassioned acceptance speech.
“The things that make us different, those are our superpowers,” the writer and actor said. 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 without us in it.” Watch a clip of her speaking onstage below.
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She also thanked “everybody out there who showed us so much love” for “for embracing a little Indian boy from South Carolina and a little queer black girl from the Southside of Chicago.”
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