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‘SNL’ Adds Two African-American Female Writers In Wake of Diversity Scrutiny

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Saturday Night Live” has bolstered the ranks of its writing staff with two African-American women as part of a recent and much-scrutinized diversity effort, a spokeswoman for the program confirmed.

The venerable NBC sketch-comedy showcase added Leslie Jones and Lakendra Tookes, two comediennes who recently auditioned for the program as it set about to add an African-American woman to its on-air cast. Earlier this week, the show announced Sasheer Zamata, a veteran of improv troupe Upright Citizens Brigade, would begin as a featured player as of its January 18 broadcast.

The two new writers took part in auditions recently held in different parts of the U.S. with the express purpose of finding a female African-American to join the show’s cast of “Not Ready For Prime Time Players.”

SNL” has come under more scrutiny than is the norm in its 39th season on the air........

 

- Brian Steinberg

 

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