It was a speech that felt thoroughly, almost preternaturally, attuned to its moment.
Lena Waithe, the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for outstanding writing in a comedy series, spoke at the awards show on Sunday night of gay empowerment and quoted an internet meme (“Let me reclaim my time”) inspired by the congresswoman Maxine Waters.
Her remarks tugged at the heartstrings of a sympathetic audience in Los Angeles (Anna Chlumsky looked unraveled) and many more who toasted the milestone on social media.
“The things that make us different, those are our superpowers,” said Ms. Waithe, who is lesbian, singling out her “L.G.B.T.Q.I.A. family.” She was being honored for her work with Aziz Ansari on his Netflix series “Master of None,” on which she also stars. “Every day, when you walk out the door, put on your imaginary cape and go out there and conquer the world — because the world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren’t in it.”
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