Staff Writer Dejah Harley
Due to the Criticism that the producers of Saturday Night Live recieved over not having enough black cast members, they decided to hire three new black comedians, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones, as writers and Sasheer Zamata as an actress.
As seen in another article on SLAMedia written by DeShawn McLeod, there was a controversy over the fact that SNL has only ever had one comedia as a part of their performance staff. Kenan Thompson was the most recent person mainly playing the black women portrayed in SNL. Now Keanan can take a step back while those women will be portrayed by Sasheer Zamata.
Everyone has taken to these new members of SNL very well. Ever since the most recent episode starring Drake, everyone is enjoy the diversity that Sasheer Zamata brings to the table.
All three of them have been comedians in the past. Tookes and Jones were writers for that episode of SNL. It was the first time that there have been a black and female cast member in the same scene.
Since Drake was the host, a lot of the jokes revolved around his family and the fact that his mom is a white jewish woman and his dad is black. Many people thought this made the transition for Zamata a lot easier as a cast member for the show. It adds a lot of diversity of the show.
Now, they won’t be able to do this every single week but no one has questioned the direction of this show. It was a well needed change.