Cast member Lena Waithe poses at the premiere for the season 3 of the television series "Westworld" in Los Angeles. Picture: Reuters
Cast member Lena Waithe poses at the premiere for the season 3 of the television series "Westworld" in Los Angeles. Picture: Reuters

Lena Waithe: Black LGBTQI+ representation is so important

By Bang Showbiz Time of article published Jun 15, 2020

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Lena Waithe thinks black LGBTQI+ representation is so important, as she insists the world is "fighting for so many different causes" right now.

The 'Master of None' star insists it is important that all voices get heard and are portrayed in movies and on television shows, as she insists the world is "fighting for so many different causes" right now.

She said: "It's substantially significant and necessary. I think representation in all regards is so necessary, and right now, we're fighting for so many different causes. Not just Black lives or Black male lives but Black trans lives, gay Black lives."

And the 36-year-old actress and screenwriter is always "fighting to be the best person she can be" and wants to show this through the characters she writes about and portrays.

She explained: "I wanted to be clear Black women who are, I always say 'masculine-presenting,' we can also be soft. We can also be vulnerable. And we're not all aggressive. I'm always fighting to be the best person I can be, partner I can be, friend I can be. And I think people don't necessarily associate that with someone that walks through the world the way we do. And I was really happy that we got to just show a different side of us."

Lena didn't even realise how "significant" some of her work has come to be as she opened up about "Twenties" and "The Chi".

Speaking at the Billboard and Hollywood Reporter's Pride Summit and Prom event, she shared: "I didn't realise how significant it was ... I think it was just really me trying to tell a story, and trying to tell an honest one. I had to be patient. A lot of people don't know I wrote Twenties before I wrote, The Chi. The Chi just happened to get made first, and a lot of work had to be done for Twenties to exist in our world, in our society, in our nation, for people to embrace that."

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