Last night, Saturday Night Live announced they have hired Sasheer Zamata as a mid-season addition to the cast, responding to months of controversy over the show’s lack of black female performers. The news suggests that the series might finally be taking public criticism of its homogeneous casting decisions seriously—and puts enormous pressure on Zamata to be a great performer.
• Three young black men in Rochester were arrested for standing on the sidewalk and "refusing to disperse" while waiting for the school bus. When their black male basketball coach tried to intervene and say he was supervising them, the police threatened to arrest him as well. [Rochester Home Page]
• A pregnant woman moving from California to New York has resulted in a disturbing custody battle. A New York court said, “her appropriation of the child while in utero was irresponsible, reprehensible.” This is a new step in treating a fetus as a child and limiting women's reproductive rights. [The New York Times]
• Young Lakota, which tells the story of three young activists on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation, is premiering November 25th. Check out our review of the documentary in our new Food Issue! [Racialicious]
Until this week, I was only peripherally aware of Lily Allen. Sure, I’d downloaded “Fuck You” and “Smile,” her funny pop confections with a bracing dash of intelligence. But I never qualified as a Lily Allen fan, and in fact had kind of forgotten she was a thing until the Internet blew up with a heated debated about the video for her new song “Hard Out Here.”