Lena Waithe


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Lena Waithe was born on May 17, 1984 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. 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 & 21 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
(2018-2022)

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 2022 Being Mary (Documentary) (producer) (filming)
 2023 Chang Can Dunk (producer) (completed)
  Birth of Cool (TV Series) (executive producer - 1 episode) (announced)
- Episode #1.1 ... (executive producer)
 2018-2022 The Chi (TV Series) (executive producer - 42 episodes)
- Oh Girl (2022) ... (executive producer)
- Overnight Celebrity (2022) ... (executive producer)
- A Raisin in the Sun (2021) ... (executive producer)
- Southside with You (2021) ... (executive producer)
- Love Jones (2021) ... (executive producer)
 2022 Before Dawn, Kabul Time (Short) (executive producer)
 2022 Beauty (producer - p.g.a.)
 2022 Davion Farris: Tunel Vision (Music Video) (executive producer)
 2022 Davion Farris: Bad Guy (Music Video) (executive producer)
 2022 Huella (Short) (executive producer)
 2020-2021 Twenties (TV Series) (executive producer - 18 episodes)
- How Do You Feel? (2021) ... (executive producer)
- Everything I Wanted (2021) ... (executive producer)
- New Beginnings (2021) ... (executive producer)
- Dancing in the Moonlight (2021) ... (executive producer)
- Epiphany (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)
 2021 The One and Only Dick Gregory (Documentary) (executive producer)
 2021/II Cinephile (Short) (executive producer)
 2021 Coche Bomba (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 The Beauty President (Documentary short) (executive producer)
 2021/I 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:

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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:

Her paternal great-grandfather, Winston Waithe, moved from Barbados to Boston in 1921. He was descended from sugar plantation slaves. A DNA test by the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012) showed that Lena's mtDNA is Native American. See more »

Nickname:

Katraukus

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