Lena Waithe


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Lena Waithe was born on May 17, 1984 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Lena Diane Waithe. She is a producer and writer, known for Master of None (2015), Ready Player One (2018) and Queen & Slim (2019). She has been married to Alana Mayo since November 2019. See full bio »

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 6 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Master of None Producer
(2015-2021)
Ready Player One Aech / Helen
(2018)
Queen & Slim Producer
(2019)
The Chi Producer
(2018-2021)

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  Chang Can Dunk (producer) (filming)
 2022 Being Mary (Documentary) (producer) (filming)
 2021/I Beauty (producer - p.g.a.) (completed)
  Birth of Cool (TV Series) (executive producer - 1 episode) (announced)
- Episode #1.1 ... (executive producer)
 2020-2021 Twenties (TV Series) (executive producer - 18 episodes)
- Episode #2.10 (2021) ... (executive producer)
- Episode #2.9 (2021) ... (executive producer)
- Episode #2.6 (2021) ... (executive producer)
- Special Delivery (2021) ... (executive producer)
- One Night Only? (2021) ... (executive producer)
 2021 Twenties After-Show with B. Scott (TV Series) (executive producer)
 2021 Showtime Presents: Sounds from the Chi Concert Film (TV Special) (executive producer)
 2018-2021 The Chi (TV Series) (executive producer - 40 episodes)
- A Raisin in the Sun (2021) ... (executive producer)
- Southside with You (2021) ... (executive producer)
- Love Jones (2021) ... (executive producer)
- ...Black Messiah (2021) ... (executive producer)
- Candyman (2021) ... (executive producer)
 2021 The One and Only Dick Gregory (Documentary) (executive producer)
 2021/II Cinephile (Short) (executive producer)
 2021 Coche Bomba (Short) (executive producer)
 2021 Huella (Short) (executive producer)
 2021 Only the Moon Stands Still (Short) (executive producer)
 2021 Soft Sounds of Peeling Fruit (Short) (executive producer)
 2021 Soñadora (Short) (executive producer)
 2021 Master of None (TV Series) (co-executive producer - 5 episodes)
- Moments in Love, Chapter 5 (2021) ... (co-executive producer)
- Moments in Love, Chapter 3 (2021) ... (co-executive producer)
- Moments in Love, Chapter 4 (2021) ... (co-executive producer)
- Moments in Love, Chapter 2 (2021) ... (co-executive producer)
- Moments in Love, Chapter 1 (2021) ... (co-executive producer)
 2021 Them (TV Series) (executive producer - 10 episodes)
- Day 7: Morning (2021) ... (executive producer)
- Covenant I. (2021) ... (executive producer)
- Day 6 (2021) ... (executive producer)
- Day 4 (2021) ... (executive producer)
- Day 3 (2021) ... (executive producer)
 2021 Shoebox (Short) (executive producer)
 2020 How to Make Love to a Black Woman (TV Series) (executive producer)
 2019-2020 Boomerang (TV Series) (executive producer - 18 episodes)
- End of the Road (2020) ... (executive producer)
- Feels Like Heaven (2020) ... (executive producer)
- Hot Sex (2020) ... (executive producer)
- 7 Day Weekend (2020) ... (executive producer)
- Reversal of a Dog (2020) ... (executive producer)
 2020 You Ain't Got These (TV Series documentary short) (executive producer - 12 episodes)
- Impact/Power of Sneakers (2020) ... (executive producer)
- Jazz (2020) ... (executive producer)
- Gender (2020) ... (executive producer)
- The Block (2020) ... (executive producer)
- Resale (2020) ... (executive producer)
 2020 Girls Room (TV Series) (producer)
 2020 The Forty-Year-Old Version (producer)
 2019 Queen & Slim (producer - produced by, p.g.a.)
 2019 1 Out of 30 (Short) (executive producer)
 2019 Adeline, the Great (Short) (executive producer)
 2019 Fragile.com (Short) (executive producer)
 2019 Spilt Milk (Short) (executive producer)
 2018 Step Sisters (producer)
 2014 Ladylike (Short) (consulting producer) / (co-producer)
 2014 Dear White People (producer)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

TV commercial for Nike

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 1 Article | See more »

Official Sites:

Facebook | Instagram | See more »

Alternate Names:

Lena D. Waithe

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)

Spouse:

Alana Mayo  (separated)

Parents:

Laverne, Ethel | Ethel Laverne
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Here's the thing. I was raised on deep dish pizza. So, what you guys call pizza, I don't think that it's pizza. I think it's cheese bread.

Trivia:

She became the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Master of None: Thanksgiving (2017). See more »

Nickname:

Katraukus

Star Sign:

Taurus

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