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Keeping it real

OUT ACTRESS LENA WAITHE ON PLAYING GAY IN THE HIT NETFLIX COMEDY MASTER OF NONE

Lena Waithe is a writer, producer and actor who set our hearts alight in the Netflix series Master Of None as Denise, the coolest lesbian on TV. We caught up with her to find out more about being a queer black woman in Hollywood.

DIVA: For those who haven’t seen the show, can you tell us a little bit about your character?

LENA WAITHE: My character Denise is a queer, lesbian, black woman who is very laid back, is very matter-offact and shoots from the hip. She doesn’t suffer fools and is a really cool character that I don’t think you’ve seen before. She has her own swag and her own sense of style, and I really dig the character for that reason.

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Double Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams is this month’s cover star! Read our exclusive interview and get a boxing lesson from the “Baby-faced Assassin” in a fab video, available only to digital readers. Also in this issue… Jemma Redgrave on #Berena Hockey champs Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh talk exclusively to DIVA’s Roxy Bourdillon about winning gold in Rio. Hoops and dreams: Carrie Lyell looks back at 20 years of the WNBA. Master Of None star Lena Waithe tells DIVA about being a queer black woman in Hollywood Trans punk rocker Laura Jane Grace on love, sex and heartbreak Desert Hearts: 30 years on Sinitta: Why I’m an LGBT ally DIVA Awards PLUS: Travel, family and much, much more!
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