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“Being born a gay Black female is not a revolutionary act. Being proud to be a gay Black female is.” Lena Waithe, is a producer, writer and actor today in Hollywood, and a revolutionary in the world, from the womb.
She is the definition of an all inclusive representative. She identifies as a lesbian, and has her roots lain very deeply in her blackness. Lena has acclaimed huge success over the years and has only used her platform to further causes and elements larger than her. She has her wings spread to take everyone underrepresented in the social forum today. From using ground breaking honours being awarded to her to champion lost creative voices of coloured queer people from the past who went unacknowledged, to affiliating herself with various forums that judge, guide and help get disadvantaged creators gain recognition, Waithe shines as a beacon of hope for many, in the past and the future.
Waithe, it seems, has made it a point to use her success as fuel to galvanize a revolution of love and recognition for people left unnoticed for too long. The periphery is her focus and her success just a vessel to bring that focus to light. It's apparent in her untiring efforts to be inclusive of black and queer characters in all her works of art, which includes her Emmy- winning Netflix original "Master of None", where she made it a point to incorporate a black, queer character by weaving the queerness in her writing as well as the delivery, smashing the status quo.
Waithe, who's also credited for her brilliant work on "The Chi", has humanised the south side of Chicago (which is often just seen as a violent hub of chaos) and it reflects the thought she puts behind everything she lays her hand on.
With impeccable grace and poise, Lena makes statements through not only speeches (her legendary speech at the MTV Awards after winning the "Trailblazer" title), but also through fashion; the unforgettable Pride Cape she donned at the Met Gala, to highlight the troubled relationship between LGBT+ folks and people of color with the Catholic Church. Lena is a visionary and it seems like the word "revolutionary" was made to fit her existence. We see you, Lena. We see you.