Actress Bresha Webb attends the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Celebration of Black Cinema at the House of Blues Sunset Strip on January 7, 2014 in West Hollywood, California
*Bresha Webb, who was among the finalists for the new black female spot on “Saturday Night Live,” has landed the female lead opposite Romany Malco in ABC‘s pilot “Keep It Together,” from actor-comedian Kevin Hart.
Based on Hart’s life and stand-up, the project takes a candid look at the post-divorce life of a couple, Derek (Malco) and Lorraine (Webb), who are trying to forge a friendship for the sake of their kids, despite their differences.
Webb is currently recurring on “Grey’s Anatomy” and next will be seen in the feature “Home.”
*Stephen Bishop (“Moneyball”) has been upped to a series regular on BET’s “Being Mary Jane,” which stars Gabrielle Union as a successful TV news anchor. Bishop stars as David, an ex-boyfriend Mary Jane will soon bring back into her life to work things out. Bishop will next be seen in the film “Miss Meadows” opposite Katie Holmes.
*Man, “Saturday Night Live” is really getting in touch with its “blackness.”
As the world knows, February is Black History Month and the show took time to celebrate with a skit featuring its three black castmembers.
The scene was a high school presentation the subject. It’s a mostly white classroom, but Jay Pharoah, Kenan Thompson, and Sasheer Zamata quickly got things poppin’ with their black history review revue, entitled “28 Reasons to Hug a Black Guy.”
Oh yeah, it’s a pretty smooth ditty , too. Well, anyway, you’re probably wondering what the 28 reasons are. Number 1 is he deserves a chance. The other 27 are … let’s just say it’s worth watching the clip below to find out.
*The 2014 edition of “Saturday Night Live” got off to a rousing start with Drake as host and musical guest.
It was also the debut of Sasheer Zamata. Zamata, 27, is the first black female cast member since Maya Rudolph’s 2007 exit.
As far as we’re concerned, Drake did himself proud. He was self effacing and charming and his acting skills were on point. And we’re already warming up to Miss Zamata. In short, they got the job done.
The Wrap agrees. Here’s more:
Actress/Executive Producer Amy Poehler speaks onstage during the ‘Comedy Central – Broad City’ panel discussion at the Viacom portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel on January 10, 2014 in Pasadena
*”Saturday Night Live” vet Amy Poehler says she’s all for the addition of African American comedienne Sasheer Zamata to the cast – particularly since the two share a common start.
Zamata and two new African American female writers – LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones, all discovered during the show’s recent auditions – were hired as a response to criticism that the show needed more black women on both sides of the camera.
Last week, Poehler was asked to comment on the hiring of Zamata and appeared to blow off the question. Her response was reported as, “Ugh, I don’t want to talk about this. Pass.”