Friday, December 13, 2013

Real Diversity or Token?

In this Oct. 29, 2013, file photo released by NBC, actress Kerry Washington, right, stands with cast member Taran Killam during a promotional shoot for Saturday Night Live, in New York.
Kerry Washington hosting SNL last month

SNL has taken a bit of heat about the lack of diversity among its cast members over the last several years. One of their responses has been to hold casting calls for African-American women.  It seems we may be seeing a new face or two pretty soon.  Even so, we all know the challenges of being the first and/or the only....what about the challenges of being the "token."  Will the people they hire always feel like they were hired just because they were black?  At what point do you transition from being the "token" hire to the real value added hire?   Either way, I wish them very much success.  Maybe now the African-American men in the show won't have to play women anymore.

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