Producer Lena Waithe Wears Blackity Black Shirley Chisholm Hoodie To MTV Movie Awards
Trailblazers recognize trailblazers.
June 19, 2018 at 1:40 pm
Master of None producer and creator of Showtime's The Chi
Lena Waithe made heads turn with her Shirley Chisholm hoodie dedicated to the late politician and activist.
While on the MTV Movie and TV Awards red carpet, the rising Hollywood producer paid tribute to Chisholm. The black hoodie was overlayed by a chic custom-print Alba jacket.
Chisholm has become an inspiration for black women in politics and those looking to change the world for the better.
In 1968, she became the first black woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress and the first woman ever to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 1972. She dedicated her career as a politician and activist to fighting for the rights of black people, women and members of the gay community.
Waithe accepted the Trailblazer Award for her groundbreaking achievement as an influential force in Hollywood. She was the first black woman to win an Emmy for writing a comedy series.
She dedicated her award to transwomen and other trailblazers who fearlessly stayed the course.
"Every time someone says shade or talks about reading or just decides to serve face for no reason at all, please look up to the sky and give thanks because we owe them a huge debt of gratitude," she said.
"They strutted through a brick wall so we wouldn't have to."
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) June 19, 2018