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January 7, 2014
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SNL Hires First Female Black Cast Member In 7 Years!

  After being accused of having a lack of diversity, the late night popular sketch comedy has made Sasheer Zamata their newest cast member. SNL Viewers noticed that there hadn’t been a woman of color since the departure of Maya Rudolph in 2007. Last year, cast member Kenan Thompson defended the show’s reason for not finding a replacement for Rudolph, “It’s just a tough part of the business. Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.”   In November SNL ridiculed their lack of diversity during an episode in which Kerry Washington had to switch wigs several times during a skit and play the role of Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, and Beyoncé. After the skit SNL had this message to say: [See photo below]       Newcomer Zamata studied drama at the University of Virginia and has performed at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater in New York City. She will join the cast on stage on the January 18th episode, hosted by Drake.    Source: NecoleBitchie.com/Image: SplitSider.com, NecoleBitchie.com   @sara-leerowe  

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