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SNL Writer Receives Criticism For Slavery Jokes On Weekend Update! Read The Response From Ebony.com's Senior Editor HERE!

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Did she just cross a line, or was she pushing the envelope as all good comedians should do?

On last Saturday's SNL, writer Leslie Jones gave a controversial performance while on Weekend Update:

"See, I’m single right now, but back in the slave days, I would have never been single. I’m six feet tall and I’m strong, Colin. Strong! I mean, look at me, I’m a mandingo…I’m just saying that back in the slave days, my love life would have been way better. Massah would have hooked me up with the best brotha on the plantation, and every nine months I'd be in the corner having a super baby. Every nine months I'd be in the corner just popping them out: Shaq, Kobe, LeBron, Kimbo Slice, Sinbad…I would be the No. 1 slave draft pick."

We can understand how this might spark an uproar, but isn't this making fun of slavery?

Well, one person who did not like this segment was the Senior Editor of Ebony.com, Jamilah Lemieux:

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Saturday Night Live Adding Two Black Women To Their Writers' Room!

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Rejoice!!!

Not only is Saturday Night Live adding a new and much needed black female cast member, they’ve also just hired two African-American women for their writers’ room!

LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones were discovered during the recent round of auditions that SNL held in order to find a funny black female to add to their cast.

The job went to Sasheer Zamata, who was announced as the newest featured player for the late-night sketch show earlier this week. But SNL’s need for more diversity is extending to the writing team as well, with the addition of LaKendra and Leslie!

LaKendra is a former news reporter who has been working as a stand up comedian in El Lay. Leslie is also a performer, and although there are no plans to have them appear on the show at this time, it’s very common for SNL’s writers to get a cameo appearance on the show from time to time!

Congratz, ladies, on this once in a lifetime gig!!!

[Images via YouTube and Twitter.]

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