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Saturday, January 11, 2014

"Saturday Night Live" Adds Sasheer Zamata To The Cast - The First Black Woman on the Show in 6 Years

NBC's Saturday Night Live, one of the longest running weekly comedy specials, announced last week that Sasheer Zamata will join the show when it returns to television on January 18, 2014. It has been six whole years since a Black woman actress or comedienne has appeared on the show as a cast member.

Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Zamata was hired following a series of recent auditions after the show recently criticism for a lack of diversity. Reportedly, Zamata was one of a 12 Black women actresses who were invited back to the final audition.

The Hollywood Reporter, which reports on television and film news, reported that the show also added two Black women to its writing staff. They are LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones, who also auditioned for the part but were chosen to help behind the scenes instead.

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