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Sasheer Zamata joins the cast of 'Saturday Night Live' adding needed diversity

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NBC's longest running show has added a new cast member. As confirmed by E! News on Jan. 6, actress Sasheer Zamata joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" making her the first female black cast member since the departure of Maya Rudolph back in 2007.

After making headlines for a lack of diversity on the show, executive producer Lorne Michaels has come through on a promise he made that there would be an African-American woman added to the cast. That woman is Sasheer Zamata who is expected to make her "SNL" debut on Saturday, Jan. 18.

Zamata has appeared in several commercials along with acting appearances which include a role in "Inside Amy Schumer" on Comedy Central and "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell." The newest "Saturday Night Live" cast member presents a fresh face and adds more diversity to the cast. In 2013, the show added six new cast members who were all white. The show mocked itself when Kerry Washington hosted the show and played several different black characters.

Sasheer Zamata does have a little connection to "SNL". She has performed standup at a popular New York venue which was partially created by "SNL" alum Amy Poehler and she has no problem addressing socially stereotypical situations which will be sure to come up in her role on the NBC late night comedy series.


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