First African American women winner
Dorian Soto, Reporter
Lena Waithe became the first African-American woman to win writing for a comedy series and Donald Glover for comedy directing at the 69th Annual Emmys.
Waithe won for co-writing the, “Thanksgiving” episode from, Master of None.She had a recurring role on the comedy as Denise. The episode, “Thanksgiving,” was about Waithe’s experience of coming out as lesbian to her family.
“My LGBTQIA family... the things that make us different, those are our superpowers,” Waithe said to NBC news. “The world would not be as beautiful if we weren’t in it.”
Waithe also mentioned the importance of diversity in entertainment as Glover talked about inequality when receiving his second award.
“I would like to thank Donald Trump for making black people number one on the oppressed list,” Glover, who won for the show Atlanta, said. “He’s the reason I’m probably up here.”
Glover, the first African-American male to win the award for comedy directing, has left a mark in this year’s Emmys.
“Donald Glover being the first African-American guy to win the award is bittersweet,” sophomore Frances Hickey said. “It is an awesome thing that he won the award but a shame that it took 68 years for an African-American to get it.”
The episode, “Thanksgiving,” was highly influenced by Waithe coming out to her family.
“She was not only honored but her story...a lesbian woman of color, that story was honored.” CNN reporter Lisa Respers said.
Glover not only won for comedy directing but also for lead actor in a comedy series. Glover has played many great roles before Atlanta too.
“My favorite movie that Donald has appeared in would have to be, Spider-Man Homecoming as Aaron Davis or the series, Atlanta he won the award for,” Hickey said.
Before Atlanta, Glover got his first writing job for 30 Rock in 2006. After that he got a writing and co-starring gig for the comedy series, Community.
Apart from, Master of None, Waithe has been in Fox’s, Bones and is a producer of the Netflix original, Dear White People.
“[Dear White People is] like being a black face in a white place…” Waite said to TakePart Live, “It’s a film about four black students at an Ivy League school that’s predominantly white and how they still manage to maintain their ‘blackness.’ in a white world.”
Dear White People was influenced by director Justin Simien’s experiences at Chapman University. Glover expressed what it’s like to grow up in Atlanta.
“Growing up in Atlanta, I always had this kind of weird feeling and I was like, ‘How do I exude that?’...” Glover said in an interview with Ellen, “It’s cool, just weird to film in your hometown.”