7 "Saturday Night Live" Skits Black People Love

7 "Saturday Night Live" Skits Black People Love

Come back, Barack!
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Although its premise is to parody popular culture and politics, the show doesn't often take the extra step to include communities of color. At lets be honest, a good portion of our popular culture comes from communities of color. Since the shows conception in the mid-70's, only a handful of the cast have been Black and of that, only a few have been repertory players. For a while, in the mid-2000's skits parodying Black pop-culture almost didn't exist as they didn't have Black cast members to portray the roles.

Notably, the show received some criticism on their lack of diversity in their attempts to parody "The View." Kenan Thompson was left to portray Whoopi Goldberg, while there was no one to portray Sherri Shepard. And while Thompson did a great job in the role, the whole thing seemed a bit off. Soon after than the show brought on comedians Leslie Jones Jay Pharoah, Michael Che and Sasheer Zamata and from there some of their best skits were created.

1. 28 Reasons

Perfect for Black History Month! In 2014 Saturday Night Live created a comedy skit around students performing an original song about Black History Month that hilariously proposes 28 reasons to "hug a Black guy." If there are two things that entertain Black people, it's comedy and a good beat. In the previous season, the show received an onslaught of criticism for its seeming refusal to hire Black cast members and more specifically female, Black cast members. When Sasheer Zamata joined the cast in 2014, she was first Black woman featured since Maya Rudolph who exited the show in 2007 and in the shows history, there have only been about a dozen Black cast members. Joining Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah (who also criticized the show), 28 Reasons was one of Zamata's first sketches.

We wanted many reasons, did a lot of research, but slavery kept coming up.

2. Melanianade

Melania Trump is no stranger to plagiarism. We all remember when Melania's 2016 Republican National Convention speech sounded a lot like Michelle Obama's 2008 Democratic National Convention speech. And by "a lot," I mean, entire portions were almost word for word. In 2016 SNL re-imagined Beyonce's famous "Sorry," from her Lemonade album, as plagiarized by Trump. And the result? It was pretty damn good.

You'd just be that guy with the weird hair.

3. Come Back, Barack

Who doesn't miss 90's male R&B groups? After the election of the current Cheeto-in-Chief, SNL paid tribute to the only president Black people acknowledge, Barack Obama. Chance The Rapper joined comedians Kenan Thompson and Chris Redd for the Boys II Men styled, "Come Back, Barack," and I honestly don't know why this didn't chart on Billboard.

And I know there's other Democrats. More than just a few. But when I think of change, the only change I want is you.

4. The Day Beyonce Turned Black

I think we all remember the backlash our Queen B faced after the release of "Formation" and her performance at Superbowl 50. Unbeknownst to us, Beyonce is the actual cause of racism (along with Barack Obama and Oprah, of course), at least according to the Right Wing. The GOP and Tennessee rednecks were shocked to see Ms. Carter strut herself ahead of her dancers donned in black leather and berets. SNL imagined people's initial reactions to Beyonce's album and performance, and I'm convinced it's pretty accurate.

It was the day they lost their damn white minds.

5. The Beygency

In 2018 the biggest threat isn't a nuclear war, it's actually the Beyhive. Think I'm exaggerating? Ask Keri Hilson's career. You can dislike Beyonce if you want to, but for your sake, I suggest you keep it to yourself. In the skit from 2014, we find out what really happens to people who bad-mouth Beyonce.

He turned against his country...and it's queen.

6. 12 Years [A Slave] Auditions

We all remember the groundbreaking film from Steve McQueen. It won three Academy Awards including Best Picture and its breakout star, Lupita Nyong'o also took home her first Academy Award for her role as Patsey. Based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free man who was kidnapped from the North and sold into slavery, the film was understandably hard for a lot of Black people to watch. In 2014 SNL imagined what the casting process for the film must have looked like, and well, here you go.

Are there any North parts?

7. Inner White Girl

When do we see the inner white girl appear the most? Well, have you ever heard a Black mom on the phone with someone other than a close friend? They go from, "Heey, gurl!" to "Good afternoon, how are we doing on this fine day?" real quick!

I am not white like you. I WILL go to jail.

Some of this era's best skits wouldn't have been possible without Leslie Jones, Jay Pharoah, Kenan Thompson, Sasheer Zamata or Che. Unfortunately, in this current season, the only Black cast members are Thompson, Jones and Che.

Cover Image Credit: YouTube/SNL

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21 Tweets About Anti-Vax Children That Will Make Parents Get Their Kids Vaccinated ASAP

Vaccinate your kids. Period.

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I have compiled 21 tweets about anti-vaccination parents and their children that did not only make me laugh, but made me further enforce my belief that parents need to vaccinate their kids.

These tweets are pretty dark, to be honest, but once you think about the situation at hand, sometimes it is best to approach it in a funny way so you can get your point across.

You have been warned.

These tweets may be funny, but the situation is not funny. Do your research and help people around you not get sick by vaccinating your kids.

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Bernie Is Running Again, But This Time Is Different

This time, it's personal.

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This is not going to be the same as what we saw in 2016. When Senator Bernie Sanders entered the race in 2016 he, came out at the bottom. But that was three years ago. Now he is coming in at the top of those who have declared they are running so far. He has a bigger name than many of the Democratic candidates running in this elections and existing support. This is almost the complete opposite of the last presidential election. He was an underdog who had to struggle to get air time. People barely took him seriously till it was pretty much too late. It is no secret Hilary Clinton was the party's favorite. Also, she engaged in less than ethical behavior in attempts to win the presidency. The Democratic party made it very clear who they wanted to go forward from the start of the last election season, but now that might change.

Although the setting has dramatically changed for Sen. Sanders since his past run, he has not changed all that much. He still has not officially joined the democratic party and remains an independent. In addition, his stance on issues is pretty much the exact same as they have always been. Many of the things he ran on in the 2016 election were not the democratic party's main concerns. Now they are important factors in many democratic voters decision. He gave a platform to many issues that had previously been nothing more than side comments. The main thing is that everyone should have Medicare, stating "healthcare is a right, not a privilege." Also, now many people are seeking a minimum wage increase to $15 since he made it a focal point.

What has changed is this time Sen. Sanders is running against people with very similar beliefs as him. He was born in 1941, which makes him now 77 years old. This time he is not running against a political machine, he is not the new face. He is not what change looks like to many people. This time he is some old white guy running against his own campaign, just coming from younger, fresher, and more diverse faces. Many people feel he is too old to run, and that this country needs new, younger people to be the ones to make a change.

Also, many people find Senator Sander's goals unrealistic and too socialistic. It is just about proven that raising the minimum wage is only a short term fix and will damage the economy in the long run. Many people also question where we will get the needed funding for universal health care policies. Although Senator Sanders has a large following on a social policy front, many find him lacking in economic and world policies. One of his biggest criticisms in the past election from Hilary Clinton is that he did not have any sort of foreign policy plans in place, and lacked knowledge and experience in that area. Also, it is common to make out big business to be bad and we should raise their taxes. Yet, this will pretty much drive out all American companies. We have one of the highest tax rates as it is making other countries more appealing to create internationally competitive businesses in.

If all stays as is, he has a strong chance of coming out on top of the primaries and gaining the democratic bid this time around. Yet, it is still a possibility that Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton may join the race, which will be his largest competitors. Even if he wins the primaries beating a sitting president is still very hard. Only time will tell if he will come out on top.

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