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SNL “Addresses” Diversity Controversy – Black Girls Still Rock

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Amidst cast controversy and Kerry Washington just generally being awesome there was a lot of buildup to the actress’s first hosting stint on Saturday Night Live this past weekend.

Turns out the actress is not one to fall into the category of black women actresses/comedians who simply aren’t ready for that high profile gig.

In fact (!) her debut delivered SNL’s highest ratings this season.

Washington is uber-talented and fun to watch– but the material she was given to work with was a bummer.

The skit that garnered the most attention after the lights dimmed and the show was over was the cold open featuring Washington playing Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey (and Beyoncé) while having a back and forth with President Obama (played by Jay Pharoah) which addressed SNL’s diversity controversy head on. As Washington played exasperation at all the costume changes required for her to play all these black women, the skit was interrupted by a message from the producers:

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.