Hopefully, ‘SNL’s’ new black female castmember won’t be stuck playing only black female celebs

01.06.14 4 years ago

Hopefully, “SNL’s” new black female castmember won’t be stuck playing only black female celebs

That’s how “SNL” can achieve real diversity with the hiring of Sasheer Zamata, says James Poniewozik. “hat will make Zamata’s hire worthwhile, for her and for the show, is making sure that she gets written great, memorable characters who aren’t black female celebrities as well,” he says. “It’s the difference between being an African American woman SNL star (a funny performer who is black and female) and being the African American woman SNL star (a performer who’s specifically there to be black and female).” PLUS: A video guide to Zamata’s work, she has her own web series, “Pursuit of Sexiness,” and happy 30th birthday, Kate McKinnon.

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