Sasheer Zamata and two new Black writers, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones, made their highly anticipated debut on “Saturday Night Live” with Drake anchoring their performance and like expected, we felt the soul in skits like “Hip Hop Classics: Before They Were Stars” and Drake’s Jewish, Black rap song that urged us to never forget that he’s well…Jewish, but his dad is black yawl (in our “CB4″ voice).
SNL definitely Blackened it up: Rick Ross as a Telly Tubby, Rihanna in a “Blossom” reboot, Lil Wayne as Steve Urkel shooting up the fridge. Cue 2 Chainz in an all-White school talent show, screaming in precious White girls’ ears while his synthetic dreads are pinned in a festive style. There was even an appearance by Katt Williams (Drake donning an impressive lace front) on “Nancy Grace” at a point where we’re sure White people were like huh?!
Sasheer Zamata appeared on Kenan Thompson’s arm in one of the very first skits, but didn’t have any lines. Beginning to think we wouldn’t see her again until next week, she reappeared in the next skit as Rihanna. Again she had no lines but since she’s the only Black woman on the show, we’ll take her crotch-patting, smoke blowing impression as a blessing that Jay Pharaoh or Kenan Thompson didn’t have to wear a dress (or coolats in this case).
With an hour left to go, and many Black references probably alienating SNL’s predominately White audience, Sasheer starred in her own skit with Drake and it turned out to be one of the funnier ones of the night. We finally got to see why she was chosen out of millions of hopefuls and we think she’s adorable and will fit in well with the rest of the cast.
Though we didn’t get much of Sasheer, it’s understood that the episode was centered around Drake who put on an impressive performance, appearing in most of the skits–committing to his characters in ways most celebs fail. But, hey he’s totally an actor and was on “Degrassi.”
Furthermore, the two Black writers who were added to the production side of things made their presence felt! Sasheer added much needed diversity on the screen and we think SNL may actually be funny again!
What did you guys think of Sasheer’s debut episode? Will you be tuning in every Saturday night?
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"