After Lena Waithe’s historic Emmy win Sunday night — for writing, with Aziz Ansari , the “Thanksgiving” episode of “Master of None,” based on her own coming-out story — the week’s headlines and think pieces will surely make it seem so.
To see a person in the public eye who is like you, living a very healthy, happy, joyful life could actually save a life.— Lena WaitheMcCraney, who had been credited for the story, took the stage with Jenkins to accept.
That night would end with the entire “Moonlight” cast and crew onstage, stunned that their little black, queer movie had taken home the industry’s top prize.
While both wins are undoubtedly representative of some of the best black queer storytelling to date, what’s most instructive about these accomplishments is the role straight men of color played.
Though much ado is made about the role white men who run Tinseltown must take in making inclusion a reality — as it should be — diversity is truly every privileged person’s responsibility.
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