Congratulations are in order for Chi creator, Lena Waithe. The writer and producer recently announced that she and her longtime love, Alana Mayo, are tying the knot. The couple has been engaged for two years and the fans were waiting to see pictures from their wedding, but it doesn't seem like they are getting their wish.
Waithe is normally private with her personal life, but has spent several years gossiping about her affinity for Mayo. They have remained side by side as Waithe rose to success. Interestingly, Mayo has his own impressive resume.
Lena Waithe reveals that she and her fiancé married in a secret ceremony
Waithe and Mayo reportedly dated for three years before getting engaged on Thanksgiving day 2017. Waithe revealed that they were married in a secret ceremony during a performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show .
"We sneaked and did it, you know," the Emmy Award winner went to John Legend Who to fill in for DeGeneres. "We made no announcements."
Waithe revealed that they were getting married in a San Francisco court. The tracks for the moment that nypties were Mayo's idea. "And she was just driving and she saw the court and she said, 'We should get married there.' And I said, 'Cool, I'm down.'
Waithe told People in March 2018 that she did not know when to make the knot, but when they did it would be "super small, crazy little" with only close friends and family. It looks like their wedding was less than expected!
Who is Lena Waite's wife, Alana Mayo?
Mayo is not only the wife of one of Hollywood's foremost content creators, she is also successful in the industry. While working as Deputy Executive Director of Production at Paramount Pictures, Mayo has written about projects with some of the best talents in the industry, including Fence with Viola Davis and Denzel Washington.
In her previous role as production manager at Paramount, she worked on the Oscar-winning film, The Big Short. Prior to joining Paramount, Mayo was a Creative Executive at Twentieth Century Fox.
According to Produced by Conference in 2019 she was also named head of production and development of the Outlier Society, a multi-platform production and media company led by actor Michael B. Jordan. She oversees the company's slate of films and TV shows.
In a 2018 interview with Glamor she talked about the effect she has been black, woman and queer. "People who are considered" others "are kicking ass in the industry right now."
Mayo also spoke with Glamor about his primary mission as content creator: to reach people. "I often think about what I remember from my childhood and how it shaped the image of myself," she said. "I think content has a really profound impact on kids."
The New York native was raised in Chicago, Illinois just like her future wife. Mayo graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor's degree in English and a bachelor's degree in film studies. After mixing with Lee Daniels, Tribeca Films and Warrington Hudlin, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams of working in film.
Cheers to Lena and Alana!