Don't Forget About Me: Lena Waithe On Reflection And Representation In Hollywood "I'm a person that documents the lives of people of color," Lena Waithe says. "So that way, when we're gone, no one will forget we were here."

Joshua spoke to the actress, producer and screenwriter on stage in San Francisco as part of ComNet '18.

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Don't Forget About Me: Lena Waithe On Reflection And Representation In Hollywood

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"I'm a person that documents the lives of people of color," Lena Waithe says. "So that way, when we're gone, no one will forget we were here."

Waithe says she's a product of the stories she saw as a child. And she's turned those influences into a career that Vanity Fair has called game-changing for Hollywood. After spending a few years writing, acting and gaining acclaim, Waithe rose to wider attention with the Thanksgiving episode of the Netflix series "Master of None." It tells a semi-autobiographical coming out story for Waithe over several years of family Thanksgivings. It won her an Emmy. She was the first black woman to win the award for comedy writing.

Next, Waithe created the Showtime series "The Chi."

When I sat down to write it, it was really just this desire to tell a very raw and uncut and just human story about the people that live there and go to work every day and are raising kids and trying to get into heaven. I really didn't sit down with any other intention than that. I felt like people were talking about the city or writing about it in a way that was really from a foreigner's perspective.

Joshua spoke to the actress, producer and screenwriter on stage in San Francisco as part of ComNet '18.