Lena Waithe Bio, Age, Net Worth, Fiance, The Chi, Queen & Slim, Movies, TV Shows

Lena Waithe Biography

Lena Waithe is an American actress, screenwriter and producer. Waithe is known for co-writing and acting in the Netflix comedy-drama series Master of None. She made history becoming the first African-American woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for her work on Master of None in 2017.
The “Thanksgiving” episode for which she won the Emmy was loosely about her personal experience coming out to her mother. Waithe is the creator of the Showtime drama series The Chi.

Lena Waithe Age

Waithe was born on May 17, 1984 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. She is 34 years old as of 2018.

Lena Waithe Height

She stands at a height of 5′ 9″ (1.75 m).

Lena Waithe Net Worth

Waithe has an estimated net worth of $15 million. Her acting, screenwriting and producing skills are the primary sources of her income

Lena Waithe At&T

AT&T announces the 2019 Filmmaker Mentorship Program with Lena Waithe, Emmy Award Winner serving as Lead Program Mentor.  The program which was launched in 2017,  seeks to discover, incubate and empower emerging filmmakers from underrepresented communities to evolve their work, grow their audience and provide national distribution on platforms like DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW.

Lena Waithe and Alana Mayo | Fiance

Waithe is openly lesbian. She has been in a relationship with a content executive, Alana Mayo, for three years. The two got engaged on Thanksgiving Day 2017.
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Lena Waithe Emmy Awards

Waithe and Ansari won the Primetime Emmy Award in 2017, for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for the season 2 episode “Thanksgiving”. Waithe became the first African-American woman to win an Emmy in that category.

Lena Waithe Career

After arriving in Los Ageles, Waithe secured a job as an assistant to the executive producer of Girlfriends, a long running sitcom. After a short time, she landed a minor role in Lisa Kudrow’s The Comeback. Waithe later became a writer for the Fox television series Bones, a writer for the 2012 Nickelodeon sitcom How to Rock and a producer on the 2014 satirical comedy film Dear White People. Waithe wrote and appeared in the “Twenties” a YouTube series, which was produced by Flavor Unit Entertainment and optioned in 2014 by BET. Besides writing and directing the short film “Save Me”, which was shown at several independent film festivals, Waithe also wrote the 2013 web series “Hello Cupid” and the 2011 viral video Shit Black Girls Say.
Variety named Waithe as one of its “10 Comedians to Watch” in 2014. Showtime network commissioned a pilot in August 2015, for an upcoming series, The Chi, written by Waithe and produced by Common, which tells a young urban African-American man’s coming-of-age story. Waithe who is the show creator, her goal was to bring her experience growing up on the South Side and experiencing its diversity to craft a story that paints a more nuanced portrait of her hometown than is typically shown.
Closely, Waithe continues to extend her influence to support the African American community in the entertainment industry through her role as co-chair of the Committee of Black Writers at the Writers Guild. Waithe was cast in Master of None a the Netflix series after meeting creator and lead actor Aziz Ansari who, with Alan Yang, had originally written Denise as a straight, white woman with the potential, according to Waithe, to evolve into one of the main character’s love interests. “For some reason, Allison Jones thought about me for it, a black gay woman.” Yang and Ansari rewrote the script to make the character more like Waithe:
Waithe and Ansari won the Primetime Emmy Award in 2017, for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for the season 2 episode “Thanksgiving”. Waithe became the first African-American woman to win an Emmy in that category. Being a lesbian, Waithe described the episode as based on her coming out experience. She sent a special message during her Emmy speech, to her LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual) family discussing how “The things that make us different—those are our superpowers.”
Waithe ended her speech by recognizing her journey as a minority saying “Thank you for embracing a little Indian boy from South Carolina and a little queer black girl from the South Side of Chicago.” Additionally, she developed an autobiographical drama series reffered to as The Chi. Waithe was named by Out Magazine as the Out100: Artist of the Year on November 8, 2017.
Waithe has written and will produce Queen & Slim, starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith directed by Melina Matsoukas. Universal PicturesIt has scheduled to release iton November 27, 2019. When she is not actively working on writing, acting, or producing, Waithe works to recruit more people of color and queer artists for her film and television projects.

Lena Waithe Movies

Year

Title

Role

Notes

2011

Save Me

Director and writer; Short film

2014

Dear White People

Producer

2014

Ladylike

Co-producer

2018

Step Sisters

Producer

2018

Ready Player One

Aech / Helen

2019

Queen & Slim

Writer, producer; Filming

 Lena Waithe TV Shows

Year

Title

Role

Crew role, notes

2007–2008

Girlfriends

Assistant to executive producer (2 episodes)

2012

M.O Diaries

Writer

2012

How to Rock

Writer (2 episodes)

2013

Hello Cupid

Writer (7 episodes)

2014

Transparent

Jane

Episode: “Elizah”

2014

The Comeback

Summer

Episode: “Valerie Faces the Critics”

2014–2015

Bones

Staff writer (15 episodes)

2015–2017

Master of None

Denise

Main role; Writer (“Thanksgiving”)

2018

The Chi

Creator, writer (3 episodes)

2018

This Is Us

Animal Shelter Clerk

Episode: “That’ll Be the Day”

2018

Dear White People

P. Ninny

Guest (3 episodes)

2019

Boomerang

Executive producer; Writer (1 episode)

Lena Waithe Awards and Nominations

Year

Nominated Work

Organization

Category

Result

2017

Master of None (Episode: “Thanksgiving”)
(with Aziz Ansari)

Emmy

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Won

2018

N/A

MTV

Trailblazer Award

Won

2015

Dear White People

Black Reel

Outstanding Motion Picture

Nominated

2018

The Chi

Black Reel

Outstanding Drama Series

Nominated

2017

Master of None

Gold Derby

Comedy Episode of the Year

Won

2014

Dear White People

Gotham

Audience Award

Nominated

2018

Ready Player One

MTV

Best on Screen Team

Nominated

2018

Master of None

Writers Guild of America

Comedy Series

Nominated

2015

Dear White People

Film Independent Spirit

Best First Feature

Nominated

2017

N/A

Out

Artist of the Year

Won

2017

N/A

The Advocate

Person of the Year

Nominated