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Women Who Made History In The Film Industry: Lena Waithe

Posted by Kim Moseman on March 16, 2021

In honor of Women’s History Month, we at Crews Control would like to showcase some of the groundbreaking women who have broken barriers and made history within the video and film industry. Women have been an integral part of cinema since it’s early origins, but history is still being made in the present day by some amazing women. In this blog, we would like to highlight the accomplishments of writer, producer and actress, Lena Waithe.

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Born in Chicago on May 17, 1984, Waithe earned a degree in Cinema and Television Arts from Chicago’s Columbia College. She used to work at a movie theater, Best Buy and Blockbuster before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film.

In 2017, Waithe made history when she became the first African American woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. The Master of None episode for which she won the Emmy was loosely based off of her personal experience of coming out to her mother.

As a writer, producer and actress, she is best known for Ready Player One (2018), Master of None (2015) and Queen & Slim (2019). Waithe is also the creator of the Showtime drama series The Chi (2018-present), Boomerang (2019–present), and Twenties (2020–present).

You can check out our other posts for the groundbreaking women who have made history in the film industry on Blog Central. And if you’d like to learn more about the new services we are offering here at Crews Control or discuss your next great video shoot, contact your production manager or click here to fill out our free quote form.  

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