A Very Brief History Of Black Women On ‘Saturday Night Live’
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Saturday Night Live has acted as the launchpad for many comedian’s careers.

Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, Garrett Morris and more have all called Studio 8H home at one point in their careers.

Still, the show’s lack of diversity—specifically Black women—has come into question again with the recent announcement of Leslie Jones’s departure.

In the show’s decades-long history there have been very few Black female cast members. And with Jones’s departure, Ego Nwodim is now the lone Black woman on the show.

So, who are the Black women who have graced SNL’s stage and where are they now? And will SNL make a move to hire more Black women for its cast?

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We can’t answer the latter but we can give you a little info about the Black women who have made audiences laugh on those late Saturday nights throughout the show’s history.


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