Saturday Night Live" plans to add one or two black female performers to its cast as soon as January.
A representative for the NBC sketch-comedy show on Thursday confirmed reports it's answering complaints about its lack of diversity by staging showcases to choose at least one black female cast member and to hire her within weeks.
In recent weeks, the show has seen two dozen candidates in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.
The New York Times reported that a special audition for seven or eight finalists will be held Monday on the "SNL" stage in Manhattan.
It's "100 percent good for the show to have an African-American woman" in its ranks, executive producer Lorne Michaels told the Times.
Criticism for the show's lack of diversity was spurred this fall by its only black cast members, Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson.
Thompson voiced weariness at being obliged to play black female characters in drag.
DALLAS (Reuters) - Actress and pin-up girl Farrah Fawcett was the star of an auction of celebrity memorabilia in Dallas on Thursday as a shiny red swimsuit she wore for a magazine shoot and 64 other personal items brought in nearly $200,000.
BY BRANDY MCDONNELL firstname.lastname@example.org“The most wonderful time of the year” also happens to be one of the busiest for the Red Dirt Rangers.
For the august Payne County band — singer/guitarist Brad Piccolo, singer/lead guitarist Ben Han and singer/mandolin player John Cooper — the holiday season is packed with some of their favorite things, like sharing the love of music with a new generation, paying tribute to a Sooner State songwriting icon and playing with fellow Oklahoma musicians for a good cause.
“Man, it is busy.