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‘Master of None’’s Lena Waithe is the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing

Aziz Ansari (left) and Lena Waithe accepted outstanding writing for a comedy series for 'Master of None' (episode 'Thanksgiving').
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Aziz Ansari (left) and Lena Waithe accepted outstanding writing for a comedy series for 'Master of None' (episode 'Thanksgiving').

Actress Lena Waithe became the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for comedy series writing, for ‘‘Master of None,’’ sharing the award with series co-creator Aziz Ansari, who is of Indian heritage.

‘‘My LGBTQIA family: I see each and every one of you. The things that make us different, those are our superpowers,’’ Waithe said. ‘‘Thank you for embracing a little Indian boy from South Carolina and a little queer black girl from the south side of Chicago,’’ she said, basking in a standing ovation from the theater audience.

Watch her whole speech here: