All Articles Tagged "SNL"

Congrats Taraji, But We Need More Diversity! 9 Black Women To Ever Host ‘Saturday Night Live’

March 27th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Taraji P. Henson talks being "underestimated" by Hollywood executives.


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.


Funny Lady! Taraji P. Henson To Host SNL

March 26th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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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.

We Could Have Been Watching Kevin Hart This Whole Time? Celebrities Who Were Rejected By Saturday Night Live

February 17th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Celebrities Who Were Rejected By Saturday Night Live

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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 Salutes Travyon Martin & #ICantBreathe Movement During SNL Performance

February 1st, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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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.

Eddie Murphy Plans To Return To ‘SNL’ After 31 Years

January 30th, 2015 - By Madame Noire
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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.”)

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Kevin Hart Hosts SNL Again, What Did You Think?

January 18th, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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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?

Listening Party

The Journey

Nicki Minaj Impersonates Beyonce, Kim Kardashian + Performs on SNL

December 7th, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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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.

Kendrick Lamar Makes Triumphant Return To SNL Stage

November 16th, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Kendrick LamarKendrick Lamar returned to SNL with a bang last night.

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?

Chris Rock & Prince Appear on “Saturday Night Live”

November 2nd, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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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.


Leslie Jones Hired As SNL Cast Member, 5 Months After Controversial Slave Joke

October 21st, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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This past May, Saturday Night Live writer Leslie Jones was heavily criticized for a joke she told on-air regarding slavery. She claimed if she was a slave her love life would be better because plantation owners would have arranged a relationship for her. A risky joke alluding to slave-breeding, it was deemed hilarious and/or awful by many.

Whether you thought the controversial joke was hilarious or uncouth, there’s much more of her to come. Jones has been hired to join the SNL cast as a full-time member. People magazine reports, Jones initially auditioned last year for the role but it was given to Sasheer Zamata. Although she was not hired as a cast member initially, Jones made appearances on the show’s “Weekend Update” segment.

Jones’ first appearance as a full-time cast member will be on October 25 when comedian Jim Carey hosts the show. She will also continue as a writer for SNL.

Here is the video of Jones performing her controversial slave joke.

Are you excited to see more of Jones in front of the camera?