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Lena Waithe, Actor, Screenwriter, and Now Label Boss — Future 25

Lena Waithe, Actor, Screenwriter, and Now Label Boss — Future 25

This story appears in Rolling Stone‘s 2021 Future of Music issue, a special project delving into the next era of the multibillion-dollar hitmaking business. Read the other stories here.

Musicians dip into the movie industry all the time; the opposite is more of a rarity, for whatever reason. But for filmmaker Lena Waithe, who grew up on Nineties R&b and counts Erykah Badu, Brandy, and Prince among her idols, the two businesses have always been an obvious pairing. Waithe — an Emmy-winning screenwriter, actor, and co-creator of shows including Master of None,

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