She made history as the first black women to take home an Emmy for Comedy Writing last September.
As reported on Daily Mail, Lena Waithe was honored for her groundbreaking ways once again during Monday Night’s MTV Movie Awards in Santa Monica, California where she was given the Trailblazer Awards.
Taking the stage, the Master Of None writer/actor, 34, said she ‘was elated’ to be getting the award and used her time to thank the ‘pioneers’ and ‘innovators’ that paved the way for many.
Lena Waithe earned the award for her groundbreaking work as a writer, actor and producer as well as her role in mentoring up-and-coming artists from underrepresented communities.
After telling audiences she was ‘extremely grateful’ she took a second to honor the people who paved the way.’I believe the only reason why I’m even allowed to stand here is because of a few other trailblazers that some of you might not be aware of,’ she said.
Then she highlighted some of the people from the seminal Paris Is Burning, a groundbreaking 1990 documentary about Ball Culture in Harlem NYC in the 80s, giving shout outs to film subjects Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, Angie Xtravaganza, and Willi Ninja.
‘Tonight, I want to share this award with them. I want to do what we as a society should have done a long time ago, and that’s give them the glory and the shine they deserve.”Every time someone says “shade” or talks about “reading” or decides to just “serve face,”‘ she said, ‘Please look up to the sky and give thanks.’
‘They strutted through a brick wall so we didn’t have to,’ she said of the trans women, drag queens and queer people of color whose undeniable impact on culture had been muddled by time and power.
She also honored another one of history’s trailblazers with her fashion, donning a shirt with late New York Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s face upon it.
Chisholm was the first black woman to be elected to US Congress back in 1968 and was a champion for civil rights, women and LGBTQ people long before it was part of the progressive status quo.