After officially hiring the first black female cast member in 5 years this week, Sasheer Zamata, SNL the sketch comedy show has just hired two black female writers. According to the Hollywood Reporter, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones, who were discovered during the sketch show's recent auditions, will join SNL's writers' room starting Monday. They are both comedians, but as of right now, are not scheduled to appear in front of the camera. Sasheer's first night will be January 18th...with musical guest & host Drake.
Sidebar: Awesome. Now maybe we can get NBC to produce a few black sitcoms before February. I hate that this is groundbreaking news in 2014, but it is. Kudos ladies, now I might actually tune into the show. I've seen Leslie Jones on TV and she's pretty funny so I look forward to the sketches she will write.