History-making

Lena Waithe becomes 1st black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing

Actress and writer Lena Waithe attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Governors Ball at the Los Angeles Convention Center, in Los Angeles, on September 17, 2017.(TIBRINA HOBSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Writers Aziz Ansari (L) and Lena Waithe accept the Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series award for ‘Master of None’ onstage during the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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.

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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