Lena Waithe is most recognized for her roll on Master of None as Denise. Lena is from Chicago and wanted to be a TV writer from a young age. She stayed in Chicago for college and went to Columbia College Chicago. Eventually, she had to leave Chi-Town and moved to Los Angeled in 2006 to pursue her career.
In 2017, Waithe won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for the “Thanksgiving” episode on Master of None. She began the first black woman to win an Emmy in that category. The episode follows Waithe’s family celebrating Thanksgiving throughout the years and Waithe’s character coming out to her mom.
Waithe is openly out lesbian and celebrates black queer women on and off screen.
Check out Waithe’s full dating history below.
Alana Mayo 2014-present
Waithe and Alana Mayo met in YEAR and Mayo was straight when they met. Mayo is a content executive and was the VP of Production at Paramount and is currently the head of production and development at Michael B. Jordan‘s Outlier Society Production.
“I first met her at a general meeting, but it wasn’t like, ‘Oh my god, I want to be with this person,’ because she was full-on in her heterosexual space,” Waithe told Refinery29. “After that, we’d bump into each other here and there. Fast-forward a year and some change. She and I bump into each other at a mutual friend’s 30th birthday party. We danced a little bit, but again, I didn’t think anything of it — I dance with straight girls all the time.”
Mayo then told Waithe they should hang out and Waithe thought nothing of it she thought it was a professional meet up.
“I remember thinking to myself, ‘If this girl were a lesbian, this would be the best date I’ve ever been on,'” Waithe recalled. “At the end of the night, we gave each other a hug and our hands grazed a little bit. I was like, ‘What is going on? Am I getting vibes from this girl? Is that what’s happening?'”
They were at the same party the following night and the rest is history. They got engaged on Thanksgiving Day in 2017 while in Japan and are currently planning their wedding.