Before we wrap up Emmy week, let’s once again shout out Lena Waithe who became the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing and who gave one of the best speeches of the night, if not the best speech of the night. And, as she told Vulture in a new interview after her win, those words were unprepared.
Both Lena and Donald Glover made history that night. That history is also a responsibility. Because even though they may have achieved a “first”, there are so many people who came before. And Lena knows who they are:
“(Donald and I) shared a moment as we were waiting to get our Emmys engraved. You know, to be two history makers is something that I don’t think is lost on either one of us. I think he’s aware that we’re vessels for this moment. But can’t nobody tell me that Debbie Allen didn’t deserve an Emmy [for directing A Different World]. Can’t nobody tell me that Susan Fales-Hill [showrunner for A Different World] and Yvette Lee Bowser [creator of Living Single and writer on A Different World] shouldn’t have gotten an Emmy for their phenomenal writing for television. We know that we came up during a time when the industry and the world was a little more ready to embrace our voices, and we share these awards with them. This is bigger than us. This time, stars aligned and there has to always be a first, but it’s a responsibility that we take very seriously.”
Lena is a winner but she’s also a fan, and the interview is delightful when she shares her reactions to meeting some of her faves. Like Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon who came up to her to congratulate her. She loves Big Little Lies. In her words, “Big Little Lies is my sh-t!”
I love her. And I love what she said about where her Emmy is. And why she has to kind of forget about it now:
“Right now it’s in my office, which is a little daunting. I can’t write in there anymore because the Emmy is staring at me like, “Is this Emmy worthy? Is this really great? You could do better.” So I need to get it out of there so I can go in there and be normal and write scripts that are just okay.”
This is what Duana and I talk about on Show Your Work all the time – that you can’t let “great” get in the way of “good”. Or even “just okay”. And the best lesson Duana taught me that was taught to her by someone else (hello Brendon): you can’t fix nothing. Just write it. Even if it sucks, at the very least, you can improve sh-t. It’s impossible to improve nothing.
I’ve now re-watched the Master Of None “Thanksgiving” episode twice since Sunday. God it’s so f-cking good. Because, yes, most importantly it’s about coming out but also, it’s about family and it’s about friendship. It’s about Dev being a regular at Denise’s over the holiday, a tradition observed year after year. It’s about the people who are so fully embraced into our lives, they don’t just know you, they also know all the other people who are closest to you. It made me miss my friend Fiona, in Vancouver, and how I can just walk into her parents’ house, even when she’s not around, and go into the cheese drawer in the fridge and make myself a sandwich.
Click here to read Lena’s full interview with Vulture.
Attached – Lena at the ADCOLOR Awards on Tuesday.
Have a great weekend!
Yours in gossip,