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01/09/2014 10:28 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Group Criticizes Saturday Night Live For Lack Of Latinos

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NBC’s comic institution “Saturday Night Live” has answered recent criticism for its lack of diversity by not only hiring black comedian Sasheer Zamata, but adding two black female writers as well.

The show announced Monday they had hired Zamata, who has worked with the New York Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe, to join the cast starting Jan. 18.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones will sign up for the writers’ team next week. They were reportedly among the black female comedians who auditioned during a recent showcase held in New York and Los Angeles.

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