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Queen Latifah-Produced TV Show For Black Women Ignored By Networks?
Writer Lena Waithe (pictured below) made waves in the film world as the producer of the independent film “Dear White People” alongside director Justin Simien. Waithe also enjoyed measurable success as the writer of the viral comedy YouTube clip “Sh-t Black Girls Say.” Now, Waithe has partnered up with Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit production company for her new series, “Twenties” — but it appears networks are passing on the show because they feel it doesn’t have an audience.
Waithe spoke last week with IndieWire’s Shadow and Act, a blog focused on African-American cinema.
Flavor Unit Executive Producer Shelby Stone praised “Twenties” and Waithe explained in
the chat how the partnership came about.
Shadow and Act: How did Flavor Unit get involved?
LW: My agent sent the script to a few production companies that we thought might respond to the story and the characters. And I was lucky,