Lena Waithe’s road to stardom and recognition has been a long time coming and well deserved. After spending years as a writer for TV and cable series Waithe’s celebrity began to ascend when she was cast as fan favorite character Denise on the Netflix series Master of None and now pens the critically acclaimed Showtime series The Chi.
Today the 2017 Out artist of the Year swung through The Breakfast Club to talk about the importance of being an activist, why she feels she’s the public’s property, and how she stays humble.
Here are the 5 things we learned from Lena Waithe on The Breakfast Club.
1. Being Me
Lena admits that she’d been wanting to cut her hair off for a minute but held back because she was self conscious about what other people would think. As soon as she realized she was basically living to keep other people comfortable with her presence she went through with it and says she feels “free” and “joy.”