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Snoop Dogg Interviews Lena Waithe on the Importance of Diversity on Both Sides of the Camera

From Audio: GGN Podcast Ep. 114 - Best of GGN A-Listers

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Duration: 03:39
Snoop Dogg asks Lena Waithe why she decided to produce "Dear White People" for Netflix. Waithe says that she believes in diversity on both sides of the camera, and that "Dear White People" was a chance to bring the voice of a diverse cast and crew to the screen.
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Snoop Dogg asks Lena Waithe why she decided to produce "Dear White People" for Netflix. Waithe says that she believes in diversity on both sides of the camera, and that "Dear White People" was a chance to bring the voice of a diverse cast and crew to the screen. She goes on to say that being involved in the creative process is what separates contribution from exploitation.
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you produce Dear White people. Yeah, me and some other friends of mine. What the fuck did you do that? You fucked up. I've seen that shit on netflix. I was watching that. I'm like, what the fuck is this? Look just in Syria, you know, talking about voices and students like you play too much, you play too much with that. And I say you go now look, look man, it was needed to be said, you know, and look justice to me and I think is he to me is he's so brilliant, he's so smart, he has such a great vision. And I read that script many, many years ago and I was like this is dope, I'm like this is necessary. And the cool thing about it was just sort of lasted. It held so it was so good even after all the years that he had done it and we were like, we really want to I want to help him bring it to the world because I just thought his voice was so important. And now it's a series on netflix. I thought that was really little. Um and I think, you know, we need that voice when I shout out to look for giving up a real voice to the people to express themselves. Hell you're not put water in the cut, come on. Let them let them do what we do, Give it to us straight with no chaser. Diversity is important because we live in a very diverse world. And I think the tv we watch to reflect that. And I think a big part of it is, you know, it's not enough just to have us in front of the camera, but we gotta be behind the camera as well. And because I'm a writer, you know, I really want to help support other writers of color, who should be in these rooms. Because when you don't involve people that look like us in the process and the creative process, that's when it becomes exploitation. When you don't involve people that look like us in the process and the creative process, that's when it becomes exploitation. And so for me, I think we have to be a part of the stories that we're telling about people that look like us. So when you, when you pick roles that people offer you, what is it about the role that makes you say I'm in? Well, you know, it's interesting because my journey with acting sort of was born out of really awesome casting director because I had no intention of entering into that world. Um, but Allison jones, who's a phenomenal casting director, she was like, you should be on the, you know, in front of the screen. And I was like, okay, so she brought me in for some stuff and one of things was master of none and I'm grateful to her for that. But for me, the cool thing about me is like, I don't always give you what the character is, I'm gonna give you me and if you think that's a cool way to go with the character cool, that's rock. And so I'm really grateful that disease and Alan were like, because the character is supposed to be I think a straight chick, you know, and their crew and they met me like, you know what? She's gonna be a black lesbian with a sense of style, a little bit of swag and um and I'm really grateful that they went back and changed a lot of episodes for me see that's dope that you have an effect on paper. Like when they write the paper, right? I wrote this script and I think you'd be awesome, and then you get that motherfucker blood fuck out here, like, fuck, that came right for me, I'm about to do it this way. Now I got, y'all, then the script comes to life because the script is just a piece of paper that I can do this shit to all day until you got the motherfucker that can bring it to life, then the script becomes magic. And then you get me's thank you. Did you watch the martin? Lawrence? Oh, hell yeah, every, I mean, that was, that was the bible, like, it was like every day after you saw the episode, you came in and you did your impressive presentation of martin and you did your version of the jokes. Um and I literally, there's so much, I think of my personality that was born out of watching so much martin. Um because he, I think for my generation he was sort of already Murphy and obviously he was a student of him and obviously Eddie was richard, but martin was, I mean it was, you know, you sit in the same seat, he was just sitting in, like about how long ago was he sitting? That's what this is, about an hour and a half ago. What I'm mad on this?
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