What Does "Be Blacker" Mean, Anyway?
Sasheer Zamata, the first black female SNL cast member in half a decade, has certainly earned her stripes. The NYC-based actress, writer, and comedienne with a hilarious, tell-it-as-it-is attitude, has been a regular at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre for longer than we can remember. And, in addition to performing stand up across the US of A, you can catch her on MTV's Hey Girl, ABC's Would You Fall For That, and, of course, Sasheer.com. This week, catch her video, written with & starring fellow R29 fave, Nicole Byer.
What does "be blacker" even mean, though? This week, Nicole Byer and I — along with UCB Comedy — are tackling the stereotype that being black means being sassy, unequivocally loud, and ultimately, interchangeable with other black people. We're talking Oprah & Spike Lee. Awkwardness ensues.
Tune into NBC Saturday night at 11:30 p.m. to see Sasheer's SNL debut!