Sasheer Zamata, “Saturday Night Live’s” first black female cast member in 6 years, made her debut on the show over the weekend. Zamata kicked off the show during Drake’s monologue with just three words, “Mazel Tov”.
As with most “SNL” newcomers, Zamata’s debut was low profile. She appeared in sketches that included her parodying Rihanna, a teenager at a slumber party, as well as a student in a classroom and a New Year’s resolution montage.
Zamata was hired earlier this month after “SNL” received criticism for it’s lack of diversity, which was especially evident since the series has only had four black women cast members in the last 39 seasons.
LaKendra Tooks and Leslie Jones also had big debuts on the show, but behind the scenes as writers. They were both hired around the same time Zamata joined the cast.