Black History In the Making: “SNL’ Hires 2 Black Women as Writers”

Written by: Shewonda Leger

Primary Source: Writing Rhetoric and American Cultures

Black History Month not only honors individuals who have made a difference in the past, but also acknowledges those who continue to make contributions. The Washington Post recognized two women, LeKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones, who are the newest Saturday Night Live writers. This is amazing news because comedy remains a business that is dominated by white men.  When the network was critiqued for not having a consistency of black women characters, the time for change was evident. Although Tookes and Jones won’t be the ones seen on the screen, their influence will certainly be seen in the skits through the characters.

Below is the video that got LeKendra Tookes a great new career.

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Shewonda Leger is a writer who has love for creativity, whether its fiction or non-fiction. She is a graduate student at Michigan State University, pursuing her master’s degree in Digital Rhetoric and Professional Writing. When she is not at home in her pajamas working on her novel, she is writing for WRAC or consulting at The Writing Center @ MSU. Follow her on Twitter @Mz_Poesy.

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