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Black Women Lead in Lena Waithe's "Twenties" Pilot


"Queer black characters have been the sidekick for long enough; it’s time for us to finally take the lead.”


Lena Waithe is holding no bars and creating new paths as she creates a leading character who is a queer Black woman who doesn't quite have her stuff together. Her name is Hattie, and she's a lovable character who's trying to maneuver dating, working, and identity alongside her two straight best friends, Marie and Mia.


Not unfamiliar to Waithe, Hattie is also an aspiring TV writer. She gets to know a successful woman in the Industry named Ida B. (shout out to our original Black women leaders), who calls her out on her past problematic tweets and challenges her to rise to become the woman she aims to be.


This comes as just one of the many projects Lena is tackling; she's also producing a dramedy starring podcaster Kid Fury for HBO, re-booting the classic film Boomerang with Halle Berry for BET, and her latest his show The Chi on Showtime. Can we get some of that drip too, Lena?