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    Lena Waithe on the Changing Tide in Representation

    In one of her first sit-down interviews since winning an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, Master of None’s Lena Waithe discusses her writing process with Aziz Ansari, taking us behind the scenes to find out which parts of her award-winning episode, “Thanksgiving,” were based on her life and even how some of the episode’s best jokes were formed. She also explains the power of a specific, authentic script that doesn’t try to appeal to everyone and her commitment to amplifying voices like hers, saying, “There's a million Lenas. It’s my job not just to say that, but to make sure I’m mentoring and that I’m finding them, and that they’re prepared for the opportunity….so that the industry is a true reflection of society.”

    Lena Waithe
    Emmy Award–Winning Writer & Actress
    Robin Givhan
    Pulitzer Prize–Winning Fashion Critic, Washington Post

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    Here are a list of things you can do before and after the event to join the conversation.

    • Read about how Bozoma Saint John is bringing her whole self to Uber. 
    • Have an opinion? Don’t be afraid to voice it on social media.
    • Check out Master of None on Netflix to explore work by Lena Waithe.
    • See some of the fantastic work by women of color by adding Dear White People, Insecure and Brown Girls, among other programs, to your watch lists.
    • Spend the day listening more than speaking.
    • Delve deeper into Lena Waithe who Buzzfeed named “What The Future of Hollywood Looks Like."
    • Take a look into how white directorship impacts Hollywood’s top-grossing films.
    • Try some creative writing and place yourself as the protagonist. What does your story tell?
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    A Seat at the Table: Finding Equal Footing through Storytelling

    Listen to how fearless women are transforming their industries.

    Lena Waithe
    Emmy Award–Winning Writer & Actress
    Elaine Welteroth
    Editor-in-Chief, Teen Vogue
    Bozoma Saint John
    Chief Brand Officer, Uber
    Robin Givhan
    Pulitzer Prize–Winning Fashion Critic, Washington Post

    Storytelling is the backbone of our civilization and yet, in this country, not all stories have been given equal weight. At this Talk, we’ll look at the burgeoning storytelling power of women of color, hosting a group of women who, using grassroots projects of their very own, share their stories with the world and revolutionize industries in the process. They have created their own avenues to success by sharing their truths, even if people aren’t ready to listen. Learn how these bold and fearless individuals create inspiring work by never shying away from the truth.

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