*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.”
*It wasn’t until recently “Saturday Night Live” started to take notice and hired a woman of color, Sasheer Zamata, but Kevin Hart feels she wasn’t hired simply because she’s black.
However, much controversy has been surrounding the variety sketch show and the comedy’s elite for including little to no diversity in its lineup.
Civil Rights group ColorofChange.org called out creator Lorne Michaels in a letter for NOT including any black women since Maya Rudolph left the show in 2007.
*There’s some some good and significant news from “Saturday Night Live.”
Keenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah can hang up their dresses. After being shamed into it, “SNL” has finally hired a black female cast member.
She comes from the sketch comedy outfit Uptight Citizens Brigade and her name is Sasheer Zamata. Her first appearance will be the Jan. 18 show hosted by Drake. It’s also the first new episode of 2014.