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Two years ago, comedian Kenan Thompson had us all giving him the side eye for his comments about Black, female comediennes. In case you forgot, he said:
“Instead of blaming showrunner Lorne Michaels or the series, which currently only employs three actors of color out of 16 cast members (Thompson, Pharaoh and the Iranian Nasim Pedrad), Thompson blames the lack of quality black female comedians. ‘It’s just a tough part of the business,’ Thompson says. ‘Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.’”
Later, the quote would be misconstrued and people would claim Thompson said Black women weren’t funny. You just read it, that’s not exactly what he said but perception is reality and the comment itself was icky and ill-informed for the start.
And is subsequently sparked great change in the overall makeup of the show as Lorne Michaels hosted an audition specifically for Black women. Sasheer Zamata joined the cast as a result and veteran Leslie Jones followed shortly after.
Naturally, Jones had heard of Thompson’s comments when she joined the cast. And in a recent profile with The New Yorker, she explained how she spoke to him about it once the officially met.
“Soon after the article was published, Thompson was denounced online. (In a reaction video on YouTube, a woman named Dawn Melissa said, “Seriously, get it together. Because there’s no joke funnier than the one your mom made when she had you.”) Around this time, Jones was at an L.A. comedy club called Inside Jokes, waiting to go onstage, when someone told her about Thompson’s comment. “He should come battle me,” Jones said. “Give me ten minutes and I’ll ruin his life.” That night, she had a strong set. After her closing joke, she said, “And they say we ain’t funny, huh?,” dropped the mike, and walked off to a standing ovation.
On the podcast, Jones said of Thompson’s remark, “They’re not ‘ready’? That’s bullshit. ’Cause I know I’m ready.”
LeRoi, who has worked as a producer on several comedy shows, said, “ ‘Ready’ is not just the can-you-be-on-camera part. When you say ‘ready,’ it’s, like, ‘Yeah, bitch, you might have four impersonations, but can you write a fucking sketch? Yes—can you get ten sketches turned down and write an eleventh sketch?’ ”
Jones tried to speak.
“No, no, no—keep listening,” LeRoi said.
She exhaled audibly, but let him finish mansplaining. “I have never said I would want to be on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ ” she responded. “I don’t do impressions. I don’t know if I could write sketch. So, no, I would never put myself into that circle. Even if they asked me to come and audition, I’d really be, like, ‘Eh, I don’t know if I can do that.’ But I do know women who can.” Pounding a hand on the table, she added, “There’s motherfuckin’ three bitches I can call right now, goddammit, that will fill that spot. . . . Just because you don’t know them, that don’t mean that they don’t fucking exist. That’s like saying Italy does not exist. Motherfucker, yes, it does. I’ve been there.”
When Jones met Kenan Thompson, she confronted him about his TV Guide interview. “I came at him, like, ‘I heard what you said, motherfucker.’ He said, ‘Come in, close the door, let’s talk.’ ” Thompson told me, “What I said was that the show hadn’t found the right people. That was true. And at the end of the day Leslie and Sasheer both got jobs, so I’m happy.” These days, Jones said, “Kenan is possibly my best friend on the show.”
So happy to hear that these two were able to work that out. Jones’ entire profile is quite interesting as she details her grind from Def Jam, the Black comedy club circuit, White clubs, how Chris Rock told Lorne she was “the funniest woman I know” and the techniques that make her performance so magical. Check out the full profile here.
Congratulations are in order for Taraji P. Henson. In case you didn’t hear, the Empire star will host Saturday Night Live on April 11. While this is a wonderful accomplishment the D.C. native can add to her resume, it unfortunately is a reminder of a lack of diversity when it comes to hosts of color. Taraji will become the tenth Black woman to ever host SNL… in 40 years. That’s just two percent of the hosting pool compared to the 29 percent of white women who previously hosted.
In case you’re wondering, here’s a look at the other nine hosts.
Just because Cookie has taken a hiatus from our television screens, it doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing Ms. Taraji P. Henson in the meantime. Earlier today, via their official Twitter, “Saturday Night Live” announced that Henson would be hosting the April 11 episode.
As someone whose been watching quite a few Taraji interviews as of late, I have no doubt that the lady is going to shut the show down. She’s quite funny.
And considering SNL has already done an “Empire” skit, they’re familiar with the character…so perhaps there will be a Cookie skit.
It’ll be interesting to see what they do with her talent and skill.
Either way, we’ll be tuned in. Congratulations to Taraji! 2015 is turning out to be quite the year for her.
We Could Have Been Watching Kevin Hart This Whole Time? Celebrities Who Were Rejected By Saturday Night Live
We caught the lost audition tapes on Saturday Night Live‘s 40th Anniversary episode and we have just one question: we could have been watching Robert Townsend, Kevin Hart and Steve Carrell this whole time? Check out this list of seriously funny celebrities who were rejected by Saturday Night Live.
D’Angelo is back and he’s back with a message.
A few weeks ago, we reported D’Angelo released a new album Black Messiah, after a lengthy 14 year hiatus. Now, the singer is promoting this new album around the country. His latest promotion was a powerful appearance on Saturday Night Live.
During his second performance of the night, D’Angelo wore a hoodie to salute Trayvon Martin while his band, the Vanguard, wore shirts with the words “I Can’t Breathe,” a tribute to Eric Garner.
In addition to the shirts, a chalk outline of a human body was drawn on the floor, referencing Michael Brown, Eric Garner and sadly so many more. D’Angelo’s performance was a beautiful tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement.
We’re proud of D’Angelo and congratulations to him on a successful performance.
The last time Eddie Murphy made an appearance on “Saturday Night Live” was Dec. 15, 1984. Thirty-one years later, it appears Murphy will finally return to the show that helped make him a star. In an interview with Roland Martin for NewsOne Now, Murphy said he’d appear on the forthcoming 40th anniversary special for “SNL” that NBC will air on Feb. 15.
“It just never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it,” Murphy said when asked why he hadn’t appeared on “SNL” in decades. “They’re actually having a 40th anniversary, I think, in two weeks. I’m going to that, and that’ll be the first time I’ve been back since I left.”
A representative for NBC was not immediately available for comment.
Murphy’s acrimonious history with the show dates back to a joke David Spade made about him on Weekend Update during the 1990s, when Murphy’s career had hit a low point after “Vampire in Brooklyn.” (“Look, children, a falling star.”)
Read more about Eddie Murphy returning to BlackVoices.com
Kevin Hart has absolutely NO intentions of slowing down.
The comedian/rockstar hosted Saturday Night Live for the second time last night. The first time Hart performed on SNL was in 2013. Kevin had the honor of hosting the first episode of 2015 for the show.
During his hosting gig, Kevin performed several skits and kept the audience laughing. Some of our favorite skits include “Why’d You Post that?”, “Listening Party” and “Bushwick, Brooklyn 2015.” Take a peek at the different skits and tell us your favorite!
Kevin Hart is truly one of our favorite comedians of the 2010s.
Bushwick Boys 2015
Get On Up
Why’d You Post That?
Last night, Nicki Minaj treated fans with a musical appearance on Saturday Night Live. The rapper performed several songs off of her album The PinkPrint and starred in 3 skits.
First, Minaj portrayed Beyonce as Jesus’ mother in an MTV nativity scene parody. She also appeared as Kim Kardashian on the Weekend Update where she discussed Kim’s famous Paper Magazine Cover and the true meaning behind it. And lastly, Nicki Minaj starred in a skit with the host of the evening, James Franco.
Nicki definitely reminded her fans of her talent last night. She is one of the only musical acts that had the pleasure of performing multiple songs and appearing in multiple acts. Most acts are only allowed one performance.
Not only did Kendrick appear in a skit called “Young Tarts & Old Farts, but the Compton rapper performed twice, including a performance with Canadian singer Chantal Kreviazuk and rapper Jay Rock. While the rapping was on point, of course, one of the most notable parts of Kendrick’s triumphant return was his attire: The Compton star rocked his hair half-braided and wore all black contacts in his eyes.
The outfit sent the streets of Twitter into frenzy. Some followers called him Lafayette from the series “True Blood,” while others figured out his likely inspiration. Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of Method man’s debut solo album “Tical.” Method man was known for his crazy hairstyles, aka those braids, and wearing all black contacts as Kendrick did.
Judging by viewer reaction, Kendrick’s performance will undoubtedly earn a spot on SNL’s best performances list. His attire, energy, and famous dance moves were simply the icing on the cake.
Check out K dot below. What do you think?
Sidenote: Woody Harrelson was guest host on SNL last night. How many of you were hoping for a “White Men Can’t Jump” reenactment?
If you missed, Saturday Night Live last night, you missed an epic performance. The legendary singer Prince, performed for 8 uninterrupted minutes on last night’s episode. The performance featured new music and a killer guitar solo by the crooner. The last time Prince performed for 8 minutes straight, was during Super Bowl XLI halftime show in 2007. Prince’s performance will definitely go down in SNL history.
In addition to a performance by Prince, Chris Rock also hosted last night’s episode. Rock appeared in a number of skits including a funny skit with an entire black cast.
Kendrick Lamar and Woody Harrelson are set to perform and guest host when Saturday Night Live returns November 15th. In the meantime, check out the performance by Prince and some of Chris Rock’s skits.