Congratulations Lena Waithe!
Last night at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, the actress, screenwriter, producer, and mentor was honored with the Trailblazer Award, presented by Common.
Waithe received a standing ovation as she headed to the stage to accept her award.
Waithe expressed that she was “elated” to receive the award! Waithe stated,
“According to the dictionary, it means to be a pioneer or an innovator, and I’m extremely grateful that you guys see me in that light. But I believe the only reason why I’m even allowed to stand here is because of a few other trailblazers that some of you might not be aware of.”
She also explained that she discovered the true meaning of trailblazers by watching the 1990 documentary, Paris Is Burning.
“This movie was released in 1990 and it documents the lives of some of the bravest human beings to ever walk the face of this earth,” Waithe told the audience, adding that the documentary introduced her to trailblazers such as Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, Angie Xtravaganza and Willi Ninja.”
“Tonight, I want to share this award with them. I wanna do what we as a society should’ve done a long time ago, and that’s give them the glory and shine they deserve.”
We were perhaps shown the best example as to why Lena Waithe was honored as the 2018 Trailblazer Award recipient when she shared,
“A lot of people featured in this film are no longer with us, but their legacies will never die, because they live on in all of us,” Waithe continued. “And 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. They strutted through a brick wall so we wouldn’t have to.”
Congratulations again Lena Waithe, we couldn’t think of anyone more deserving of the Trailblazer Award!
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