Kizzie Frank - Arts & Entertainment Editor
There has been speculation the of the misrepresentation or under representation of people of color and other minority groups in the media i.e (television, films, photography, etc). The only way to change genuinely and accurately is to have more people of any and every minority group to start directing, writing, and producing. Lena Waithe, though she has been hard at work for years, has just graced the cover of Vanity Fair for her part in depicting minorities in the media in a modern fashion.
Lena made history as the first black woman to be awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series on Master of None", a series exclusive to Netflix. With quite a few credits additional credits including, Dear White People (producer), The Chi (creator), and Bones (writer), Lena says there is still work to be done. Minorities may be having a good "moment" in representation (Black Panther, Wrinkle in Time) in the media, time will tell if this will stand it's ground.
“We can look at other times in the history of art where it’s been the case where you’ve had a cluster or flurry of women who have been doing strong work that’s been recognized by the mainstream and feeling like it’s a moment, feeling like there’s a big culture shift. ...“it was a symbolic moment when Moonlight literally took the Oscar out of La La Land’s hand. It is a symbolic moment when Issa Rae’s poster is bigger than Sarah Jessica Parker’s. Now the hands that used to pick cotton can pick the next box office. . . . See what I’m saying? There’s a shift that’s happening. There’s a transition of power. But we still aren’t in power.” - Vanity Fair - The Cover Story - Lena Waithe
Lena Waithe is currently in pre-production of the TV movie, Twenties, which will be loosely based off of the early experiences of she and three others in L.A. as creatives on the come up. The movie is set to be aired on TBS with no set date at this time. She is only getting started and I am excited to see what she will do next.