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Lena Waithe on Why TV Needs to Be Telling Many Different Stories About the Black Experience

Last updated: 12-06-2017

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Lena Waithe on Why TV Needs to Be Telling Many Different Stories About the Black Experience

Writer and actor Lena Waithe believes in honest storytelling. (See her deeply personal coming out episode on Netflix’s Master of None—yeah, she won an Emmy for it). Now, with The Chi she’s turning the camera towards her hometown, Chicago.

Back in 2015 I was seeing all these news reports and profiles coming out about the gun violence and the shootings in my city, Chicago—and many were by journalists who have never broken bread with the people who live there. I remember thinking, I know these stories, and not all black people in Chicago are a monolith.


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