Lena Waithe has made history recently as she earned an Emmy nomination for comedy writing. The actress who stars in the hit Netflix series "Masters of None," became to first black woman to earn a nomination in the category.
Waithe's nomination comes from her work on the "Thanksgiving" episode of "Masters of None," which she wrote along with series star Aziz Ansari. The episode shows Waithe, who stars as Denise, coming out to her mother, played by actress Angela Bassett.
"I didn’t know I was the first black woman,” Waithe told reporters of her nomination at an event on Friday. “Hopefully, not the last. We’ve got to work on that,” Waithe added.
Waithe previously told TV Guide that the episode was inspired by her own experience coming out. She said she didn’t initially intend to bring such aspects of her life to the show but later changed her mind after Ansari encouraged her to share her story.
Along with her work acting and writing for "Masters of None," Waithe has also worked as a producer on the 2014 film "Dear White People," as a writer on the Fox TV series "Bones," and will act in the upcoming film "Ready Player One," which hits theaters next year.
"Masters of None" is available to steam on Netflix.