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Sasheer Zamata quit ‘SNL,’ proving TV’s race and gender problems are more systemic than ever

  • It was big news in 2014 when Sasheer Zamata joined Saturday Night Live and became the show’s first black female cast member since Maya Rudolph’s departure seven years earlier. 
  • But it’s even bigger news that Zamata, 31, is now leaving the show after just four seasons.
  • Before she joined, black male cast members like Jay Pharoah or Kenan Thompson did impersonations of black women on the show, roles that they both eventually shunned openly. 
  • Once she joined the cast, Zamata churned out crowd-pleasing impersonations of Taraji P. Henson, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Lupita Nyong'o and Michelle Obama. 
  • As a black woman, Zamata’s casting was supposed to fill a gaping hole in the show’s cast. 
  • But her short stint on SNL is a clear example, perhaps more than any other, that there are no so-called “quick fixes” to the problem of racial and gender inequity on television. Read more (Opinion)

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Empowering Songs for Females
  • Independent Woman - Destiny’s Child
  • Salute - Little Mix
  • Little Me - Little Mix
  • Thank You - Jamelia
  • All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
  • Bang Bang - Jessie J, Nicki Minaj Ariana Grande
  • Battle Cry - Shontelle
  • The Best - Tina Turner
  • Best Thing I Never Had - Beyonce
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  • Competition - Little Mix
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