Lena Waithe, Common Talk ‘The Chi’ and the Black Renaissance – Variety

The entertainment industry is in the midst of a cultural transformation that is driving a new renaissance for African-American artists, Lena Waithe and others observed Friday night during a panel session for Waithe’s Showtime drama “The Chi.”

Cast members and producers gathered at the DGA Theatre for an FYC event that featured “Chi” executive producer Common, Rick Famuyiwa (executive producer and director of the pilot episode,) co-star Jason Mitchell, and moderator Lil Rel Howery (“Get Out.”)

Waithe recalled writing the drama’s pilot script two years ago.

“I wanted to talk about Chicago, not about cops who patrol the city but about those who are patrolled by cops,” she said.

Common recalled hearing good buzz about the script, originally titled “Chi-rac.”

“I read it…

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