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“Saturday Night Live” Adds Two Black Women To Writers’ Room Staff

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  • Good news in Today’s Lady News, for once: “Saturday Night Live” has added two Black women to its writing staff beginning this month. LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones are both comediennes who were discovered during recent auditions held by executive producer Lorne Michaels, with the express purpose of adding a Black female to the cast. “SNL” announced earlier this week that it had cast Sasheer Zamata, a performer with the Upright Citizens Brigade. She’ll join the show as a featured player on the January 18th episode hosted by Drake. Congratulations, ladies! [Hollywood Reporter]
  • Meanwhile, Amy Poehler doesn’t want to talk about it. [Salon] Keep reading »

“Saturday Night Live” Adds Sasheer Zamata, First Black Female Cast Member in 5 Years, As A Featured Player

“Saturday Night Live” Adds Sasheer Zamata, First Black Female Cast Member, As A Featured Player

Putting to rest (for now) a controversy over why the iconic comedy show has not had a Black woman on the cast for five years, Sasheer Zamata has joined”Saturday Night Live” as a featured player. According to Deadline Hollywood, Sasheer graduated from the University of Virginia three years ago and trained with the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City. You might even recognize her from her appearances on “Inside Amy Schumer” and in a number of viral YouTube comedy videos, including “How To Politely React To Your Friend’s Terrible Engagement.” “SNL” executive producer Lorne Michaels had promised to add a Black comedienne to the cast after the show was criticized during the fall following remarks by Black male cast members, Keenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah. Keenan had suggested there weren’t enough Black women who were “ready,” while Jay said the show needed to get with the program and be more diverse. Sasheer will appear on January 18th, with Drake as a musical guest and host. Looking forward to it! [Deadline Hollywood, Sasheer.com]

Miley Cyrus Still Doesn’t Get Why Her VMAs Performance Was Racially Problematic

“It’s actually really funny how many people could watch my performance, and they think it was, like, sexist and degrading to women, and somehow people found that it was racist, which I couldn’t even wrap my mind around. Because I’m like: ‘How do I win? If I have white dancers, then I’m racist. If I have black girl dancers, then I’m racist.’ We know we’re not racist, and I know I’m not putting down women. People got a rise out of me saying that I was a feminist, but I am. I’m telling women be whoever you want to be.”

Oh Miley, Miley, Miley. Here she is in the New York Times this weekend proving she, still, so doesn’t get why people were offended that she spanked a Black woman onstage at the VMAs. I’m not entirely surprised that an ex-Disney star doesn’t have the a developed sense of racism and intersectional feminism, but I would have hoped she’d be slightly more intellectual than to think than employing black backup dancers makes her not racist.

Here’s what Miley had to say when she was asked by the Times whether her personal thinking about race changed this year: Keep reading »

Italy Promotes “12 Years A Slave” With White Actors Instead Of Its Critically Acclaimed (And Black!) Star Chiwetel Ejiofor

Italy Promotes "12 Years A Slave" With White Actors Instead Of The Critically Acclaimed (And Black!) Italy Promotes "12 Years A Slave" With White Actors Instead Of Its Critically Acclaimed (And Black!) Star Chiwetel Ejiofor

The movie “12 Years A Slave” is being heralded as one of the best films of the year, is expected to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, and leads the Golden Globe nominations with seven nods. Its star is Chiwetel Ejiofor, who is winning accolades left and right for his performance as Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, who is abducted and sold into slavery. It is his image that appears on the majority of movie posters (right) promoting “12 Years A Slave” in the United States and around the world — except Italy, that is. Keep reading »

Can Television Have More Shonda Rhimes Please?

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Frustrating as it is, racism in Hollywood is still prevalent in 2013. When USA Today explored the absence of Black women in Hollywood this week, they highlighted the approach behind the racial diversity that can be found on “Grey’s Anatomy” — color-blind casting. Linda Lowy, the casting director behind the oh-so-addictive hospital drama created by Shonda Rhimes, explained, “When I cast the pilot of ‘Grey’s,’ Shonda didn’t give anybody a last name. She just said, ‘Linda, I want you to cast it the way you see the world.’” Usually casting notices come with descriptions like “White male, late 30s to early 50s, musclar” or “Asian female, any age, must look 15 to 17.” But with little physical description or race tied to the casting of the characters, the opportunities for more equality expanded in a major way. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: #NotYourAsianSidekick Blows Up Twitter

  • The hashtag discussion #NotYourAsianSidekick blew up on Twitter over the weekend, and drew attention to the marginalization of Asian-American women in feminism. The hashtag was started by Suey Park, an organizer and writer. [BBC, Salon]
  • What R. Kelly teaches us about how sexual predators choose and silence their victims. [Think Progress]
  • A woman working on behalf of women’s affairs at the Indian Consulate in New York City was arrested for paying her nanny $3.13 an hour. Uh, you’re doing feminism wrong, lady. [Jezebel]
  • Chilean president Michele Bachelet has been reelected. [New York Times] Keep reading »
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