Is 2017 the year of black queer storytelling?
After Lena Waithe’s historic Emmy win Sunday night — for writing, with Aziz Ansari, the “Thanksgiving” episode of “Master of None,” based on her own coming-out story — the week’s headlines and think pieces will surely make it seem so. Especially since that jaw-dropping triumph for “Moonlight” at the Oscars is still on everyone’s minds as we head into another film awards season.
But do not be fooled. Hollywood isn’t as progressive as we think, and the industry isn’t yet as diverse as it should be. These two landmark victories, however, reveal a key to true inclusion: Men with access, even men of color, must continue to make way for people who don’t traditionally have seats at the table to tell our stories.
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