Super Phenoms

Doing It Her Way

Lena Waithe

After earning a degree in Cinema and Television Arts from Columbia College Chicago, Lena moved to Los Angeles in 2006. At the time she had no connections in the field.  Waithe pounded the pavement and was determined to succeed.

⭐The "Lena Hustle"

  • Jumped into television as an assistant to the executive producer of UPN/CW series Girlfriends.

  • First acting gig in Lisa Kudrow's The Comeback. *Writer for the Fox television series Bones

  • Writer for the 2012 Nickelodeon sitcom How to Rock.

  • Wrote and appeared in the YouTube series "Twenties" which was produced by Flavor Unit Entertainment and optioned

      by BET in 2014.

  • Producer on the satirical comedy film Dear White People.

⭐Breakthrough Hustle

  • Playing a role that was rewritten for Lena on Aziz Ansari's Netflix show Master of One.

  • In 2017, Waithe and Ansari won Emmy gold makng Lena the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. 

  • Lena continues her journey  with Showtime's "The Chi" on which she is creator and executive producer. 


Lena Waithe's quote: "The things that make us different, those are our superpowers."



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