Lena Waithe hopes to bring greater representation to Chicago's black communities on TV

Waithe hopes her new Showtime series The Chi will bring humanity and perspective to a city that usually makes headlines for gangs and gun violence.
Actress and producer Lena Waithe in the q studio in Toronto, Ont. (CBC)

Lena Waithe made history in late 2017 when she became the first black woman to win the Emmy for comedy writing. That was for her work on Aziz Ansari's show Master of None, which she also starred in. She's now ready to debut her own project: The Chi is a new TV series centered on a neighborhood of black kids coming of age on the south side of Chicago.

Writer, producer and actress Lena Waithe dropped by the q studio to talk about bringing her award-winning writing and acting chops to a timely series about her hometown of Chicago.

If you want to hear more from Waithe, listen to our 2017 chat with her about her hit Netflix show Master of None and telling her truth.

Produced by Tyrone Callender


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