Jay Pharoah (www.jaypharoah.com)

Jay Pharoah and I are on the same page when it comes to the cast of Saturday Night Live. I have religiously watched the show since I was 9 years old and I can count on one hand how many black actresses have been featured on SNL. SNL has never been known for its diversity and you can probably thank Lorne Michaels for that. Pharoah and Kenan Thompson are the only black cast members, but even a quick glance at the writing staff this season only reveals one black person out of twenty-three writers.

Over the last couple of seasons, SNL has had its fair share of hits and misses. With many of the funnier cast members leaving for (sometimes) greener pastures, one can only guess why the 6 newest cast members included 5 white men and 1 white woman.

So who would Jay Pharoah pick to hold the title of “SNL’s Black Woman”? In a recent interview with The Grio, Pharoah revealed his choice. 

“They need to pay attention,” Pharoah tells theGrio. “Her name is Darmirra Brunson…Why do I think she should be on the show? Because she’s black first of all, and she’s really talented. She’s amazing. She needs to be on SNL. I said it. And I believe they need to follow up with it like they said they were going to do last year.”

Take a look at a few of Brunson’s YouTube videos:

Brunson may have her hands full right now considering she’s an actress on Tyler Perry’s Love Thy Neighbor

When asked why the cast isn’t diverse, Pharoah blamed it on people burning bridges or just choking up during auditions.

“It’s one of those things that’s hard,” he recognizes. “Some people choke up. Some people burn their bridges by saying things they shouldn’t say either. You just have to be very political about your delivery, what you say, and your performance. You’ve got to be on point. Everybody has to like you and want you to win. If they don’t like you, it’s a wrap.”

Pharoah also thinks this year is his time to shine since the departure of many of the heavy weights from last season.

“There’s a big gap and void to fill,” he explains. “I believe that I will get more air time this year. It’s a very competitive environment, however I know only the strongest survive and I’m still here so that oughta say something.”

Maybe one season there will be a new black woman cast member, to go along with his President Obama skits, until then, I guess the other black guy will have to put on a dress.

  • Ms. Write

    I hear what you are saying. Let’s always have our shows and own media and own writers that are a balanced representation of who we are. That’s something that seems to be lacking that I saw a prevelence of on network television when I was growing up in the 90s. But at the same time, I think it’s fair to advocate for inclulsion. Shows like SNL are supposed to be representative of American culture and we are a part of that culture. It really bothers me when people try to push white as the norm and everyone else as other. We are not “other.”

  • Ms. Write

    And really? I notice they call Maya Rudolph back every time they are missing a Black woman from a skit. Dang, just hire a Black woman or two!

  • lola289

    Or they got the men in drag…smdh

  • http://dodreamaisha.wordpress.com Malaika

    I am sure I disturbed my neighbors in the library during that grocery scene. I. was. dyyying.

    I’ve loved Darmirra since the first RiRi skit. Love that Jay Pharoah knows about her and gave her a shout out! #clapback

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