The 2017 Emmys were different from past ceremonies right from the beginning, when host Stephen Colbert opened the show with a musical number and a sharp, politically minded monologue. As he pointed out in his remarks,聽this year鈥檚 nominees聽were the most diverse ever, and multiple winners made history. But there was one winner, in particular, who聽stood out for her groundbreaking win:聽Master of None鈥榮 Lena Waithe, who became the first Black woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.

Waithe won聽with writing partner and costar Aziz Ansari for their聽MoN聽season two episode 鈥淭hanksgiving,鈥 which was already widely acclaimed as one of the series鈥 best episodes. When they took the stage to accept their award, Ansari stood back and allowed Waithe to have her moment in the spotlight.

After collecting her trophy, shouting out Maxine 鈥淩eclaiming My Time鈥 Waters, and thanking Ansari for 鈥減ushing鈥 her to co-write the ep, Waithe took a moment to honor聽her LGBTQIA family.

鈥淚 see each and every one of you. The things that make us different, those are our superpowers 鈥 every day when you walk out the door and put on your imaginary cape and go out there and conquer the world, because the world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren鈥檛 in it,鈥 she said to a rousing round of applause.

The 鈥渟uperhero鈥 reference echoes something Waithe told the聽Los Angeles Timesabout the 鈥淭hanksgiving鈥 episode, which is based on her real-life experience of coming out.聽Back in August, she explained聽that the way she was able to tackle writing about such a fraught time in her life was to come at it 鈥渇rom a hero鈥檚 perspective.鈥澛營n doing so, she was better able to understand her mother鈥檚 point of view.

Waithe also said in the聽Times聽story thatshe initially wasn鈥檛 sure she wanted to write the episode.聽But Ansari and his co-creator, Alan Yang, knew it was a story only she could tell.

鈥淎ziz was just like, 鈥榃hat you can do with this story鈥 I can鈥檛 duplicate that,'鈥 Waithe recalled. They ended up writing it together.

Besides her work on聽MoN, and her producing聽gig on Netflix鈥檚聽Dear White People,聽Waithe has a new show,聽The Chi,聽which聽was picked up by Showtime earlier this year. The series centers around聽six characters in and around the South Side of Chicago.

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