Lena Waithe's Emmys Acceptance Speech for Master of None Was Incredibly Moving

Marco Green
September 21, 2017

The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards hosted by Stephen Colbert saw two lesbian women taking home awards: Lena Waithe and Kate McKinnon.

According to Variety, that win made Waithe the first ever African-American woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing.

Waithe, who plays Denise in the Netflix series, co-wrote the "Thanksgiving" episode with "Master of None" co-creator Aziz Ansari.

"Thanksgiving" was one of the more heartfelt episodes of the season, digging into Waithe's real life coming-out story as a black woman in Chicago, which featured an unbelievable guest starring performance from Angela Bassett playing Denise's mother.

After they accepted the trophy, Ansari let Waithe take the spotlight for an incredibly passionate, handsome speech.

And last but not certainly not least my LBGTQIA family, Isee each and every one of you. I love you Mom. Master of None is also nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series, with Ansari up for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, as well.

One of the awesome things about Waithe's acceptance speech, in addition to her unbelievable tuxedo jacket, was the fact that though Ansari was on stage with her, he didn't say a word, allowing his friend and colleague to have her incredible moment entirely to herself. And for everybody out there that showed us so much love for this episode, thank you for embracing us, a little Indian boy from SC and a little queer black girl from the south side of Chicago.

When asked by BuzzFeed earlier this year if she thought she would win the Emmy, Waithe said "We'll see if they think it's worthy". She was the first openly gay female cast member on the show.

The episode was one of the most talked-about pieces of comedy this year. She gave her girlfriend a hug before accepting the award. I got a little teary-eyed watching Lena Waithe's acceptance speech'.

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