Lena Waithe

Emmy Award winning creator, writer, and actress Lena Waithe has proven herself a talent to be reckoned with, who only continues to grow her body of work with diversity and charisma.

Known for “Dear White People”, “The Chi”, Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One,” and more. Waithe is considered a triple threat and expertly taps into emerging cultural sensibilities with a sharp wit, speaking to myriad experiences from her unique perspective and challenging audiences to think outside of conventional norms.


Friday 02:30 PM Community & Culture

Lena Waithe will grace the Empowerment Experience Stage for the first time to talk about her work, her life, her advocacy and being the quintessential definition of New Hollywood. Don’t miss this extra special conversation curated specifically for the ESSENCE Festival audience.