MAYA RUDOLPH

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Where Are the Black Women on SNL?

For as long as I can remember, save for the comedic goddess that is Maya Rudolph, the only Black women I've seen on SNL were the musical guests -- or the Black male cast members in drag. A look back at the history of SNL reveals that in the show's 38-season run (first airing on October 11, 1975), there have been only three Black female cast members -- Danitra Vance, Ellen Cleghorne, and the aforementioned Maya Rudolph. So, what gives? It would be wonderful if we even had a Black woman host SNL once in a while. Halle Berry hosted back in 2003. Janet Jackson and Queen Latifah played host/musical guest double duty in 2004. Since then, no Black woman has graced the stage in a hosting capacity.