I’ve been blessed to meet some amazing people through social media, so when I met writer/director Lena Waithe at a dinner party a few months ago, I chalked it up to another dope cosmic connection. Waithe is side-splittingly funny in real life, so when she told me she was the writer behind the Shit Black Girls Say viral vid, it made sense. What I didn’t know, however, was how serious she was about seeing quality programming featuring folks of color on screen.
Waithe, a writer on Nickelodeon’s How to Rock and the force behind the WGA West’s “Table Read Initiative,” aimed at increasing the number of films by African-American filmmakers, is at the forefront of a new generation of black artists. Her viral videos and short films are both hilarious and provocative, and prove that she’s one to watch.
Waithe recently sent me the link for her latest web series, Two Gays in a Car, and it’s absolutely hilarious. Although the project isn’t scripted, the actors manage to improv effortlessly and what ends up on screen is funnier than most shows I’ve seen on TV.
Check it out.