• Lena Waithe's new series 'Twenties' has premiered to strong reviews. (BET)Source: BET
"Queer black characters have been the sidekick for long enough; it’s time for us to finally take the lead.”
By
Samuel Leighton-Dore

6 Mar 2020 - 10:58 AM  UPDATED 6 Mar 2020 - 10:58 AM

Lena Waithe's new series Twenties, loosely based on the Hollywood powerhouse's life, has premiered on BET to strong reviews.

"For all my melanin sisters," Waithe tweeted yesterday, alongside a trailer for the series; a dramedy about a butch black writer trying to make it as a screenwriter in Hollywood.

She added: "Transforming this reality for everyone involved."

Already fans are celebrating the new series.

"The dialogue is sharp, the acting is great, and the story is engaging," writes at NewNowNext

Tambay Obensen at IndieWire described the show as "a cutesy, sometimes insightful, and humorous comedy-drama about navigating maybe the most exciting and terrifying decade of adulthood, all while trying to make it in showbiz."

They added: "It’s a series that clearly wants to set itself apart with its visual style and rhythm, and, for the most part, it succeeds in that regard."

According to Deadline, the series, which was written by Waithe while she was in her early 20s, “follows the adventures of a queer black girl, Hattie, and her two straight best friends, Marie, and Nia, who spend most of their days talking shit and chasing their dreams. It’s a show about friendship, finding love, and messing everything up along the way.”

“I wrote Twenties back in 2009,” Waithe told Deadline, “I always wanted to tell a story where a queer black woman was the protagonist, and I’m so grateful to TBS for giving me a platform to tell this story. Queer black characters have been the sidekick for long enough; it’s time for us to finally take the lead.”

Waithe made history at the 2017 Emmys when she became the first black woman to win an award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series on Master of None.

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