Lena Waithe’s comedy about a queer black woman gets pilot at TBS

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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TBS has greenlit a pilot episode for “Twenties,” a comedy from the mind of “Master of None” star and writer, Lena Waithe.

According to Deadline, the show follows “queer black girl” Hattie and her two straight friends living their lives in Los Angeles.

“My heart is so full today. Grateful that TBS believed in me and this show. I’m gonna keep fighting to get it on TV so ya’ll can see all my blood, sweat, and tears. I REALLY want ya’ll to meet Hattie and her crew,” Waithe tweeted.

In a statement to Deadline, Waithe explained that she wrote the series in 2009.

“I always wanted to tell a story where a queer black woman was the protagonist, and I’m so grateful to TBS for giving me a platform to tell this story,” Waithe says.”Queer black characters have been the sidekick for long enough; it’s time for us to finally take the lead.”

Waithe made history as the first black woman to win Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in 2017. The winning episode of “Master of None,” titled “Thanksgiving,” told the story of her character Denise’s coming out through a series of Thanksgiving dinners.

She is also the creator and executive producer of the Showtime drama “The Chi,” which follows the lives of people in the South Side of Chicago. The series airs on Sundays at 10 p.m.

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