Lena Waithe, Storm Reid & Five Other Black Girls Who’ll Take 2018 By Storm
Let’s start off the year by saluting just how much of a banner year this will be for Lena Waithe, Storm Reid and black women in front of and behind the camera.
2018 is here and it already looks like it is shaping up to be a banner year for black women in film and TV—in front of and behind the camera. They include two award-winning creatives from Chicago, a director part of the Queen Sugar roster, and the teen star of a $100 million Disney movie.
Fresh off her historic Emmy win for best comedy writing for her “Thanksgiving” episode of Master of None, Waithe will be ringing in the new year with the debut of The Chi, her TV series about growing up on the Southside of Chicago. While there have been plenty of shows about Chicago, only a handful have actually shot in Chicago—and fewer still venture past the Magnificent Mile to depict a multifaceted view of the souls of black folk in the city.
Storm Reid, who made her debut in Steve McQueen’s award-winning film 12 Years A Slave, will be headlining Ava DuVernay’s $100 million adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, which will hit theaters on March 9. As DuVernay described in a recent interview, Reid will play Meg Murry, “this girl of color [who] saves the universe. Not just the world, multiple planets and galaxies. That’s just such a radical idea, as a woman of color, as anyone who’s outside of the industry construct of who’s usually put forth as the hero.”