So word on the street is that NBC
held Saturday Night Live
auditions this month, looking specifically for black women.
The Jasmine Brand
broke the story, which has now been picked up by other sites, with confirmation of this from SNL chief Lorne Michaels
The auditions are said to have been held at The Groundlings in Los Angeles - an improvisational and sketch comedy school based, and were set up exclusively for black women candidates to join the comedy sketch/variety show.
This of course comes after an onslaught of criticism the show and its producer faced, over its lack of black female representation within its cast, as its black male cast members have long played black women characters.
The conversation continued after Kerry Washington hosted an episode (her first time) to season high ratings - in an episode in which the show mocked the criticism it faced, which we posted here.
Actress Bresha Webb told Jasmine Brand about the showcase: "The audition came about from an inside source from SNL. I don’t think any of us had a clue about the showcase until two days prior. It was an awesome opportunity even though it was such a short notice but, if you stay ready you ain’t gotta get ready and we were READY! Lol But we were all honored to be selected."
Other actresses that auditioned include Tiffany Haddish, Simonne Shepherd, and Darmirra Brunson.
This is an issue that S&A has addressed ad naseam, and not just this year.
With today's news, it looks like we just might see a black woman cast member announced soon.