SNL Hires Two Black Female Writers


After months of controversy over its cast’s lack of diversity “Saturday Night Live” has added  LaKendra Tookes(L) and Leslie Jones(R) to its writing staff.

The two comedians discovered during the tryouts in New York and LA — those meant to land a new African-American female cast member for the show. Sasheer Zamata landed the coveted on screen comedic role while SNL producers were “impressed with both Tookes and Jones and thought they were talented, smart and funny,” according to Defamer.

Tookes is a former news reporter turned comedian and Jones has a slightly longer resume making  appearances in “Lottery Ticket” staring BowWow and “National Security” alongside Martin Lawrence. She had her own comedy special on Showtime in 2011.

Tookes and Jones are expected to begin their new jobs Monday.