A few years ago there was a meme mantra going around, “you have as many hours in the day as Beyoncé,” which is a way of saying “look how amazing and busy Beyoncé is, you could do that too!” Well Lena Waithe apparently took that to heart, because I literally don’t understand how she has taken on this many projects. Waithe was a fairly new face in 2015, when she started on the main cast of Aziz Ansari’s Master of None. It’s clear that Waithe has wasted no time with her new fame as she’s already cut a number of writing and producing deals.
The first major one is that Waithe is the creator and showrunner for The Chi, a Showtime series that follows a community on Chicago’s South Side. The Chi has been renewed for a second season which will probably air in 2019.
More recently, Waithe was announced as a co-executive producer with Kid Fury for a new HBO comedy series. The series will follow a 20-something black gay man and his life in New York City while working through his undiagnosed clinical depression. Kid Fury is most known for his podcast “The Read,” which he cohosts with Crissle West. The podcast focuses on black culture topics and often discusses queerness as well.
Waithe is also writing a horror anthology series for Amazon called THEM, which was picked up for an immediate two-season run. The show was described by Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, as addictive and edge-of-your-seat scary and also “provocative and socially relevant.”
Waithe’s work is also dipping out of television and into film with Queen and Slim, a romantic drama that has been compared to and influenced by Bonnie and Clyde, but with a black couple lead.
Finally, earlier this year TBS also ordered a pilot from Lena Waithe that she wrote in her early twenties, aptly titled,Twenties, which follows the adventures of a queer black woman and her straight best friends.
I’m pretty sure in a few years people are going to be saying, “you have as many hours in the day as Lena Waithe,” because holy crap.