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Comedian Michael Che Added To SNL’s Weekend Update

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SNL has announced that they are adding comedian Michael Che to their weekend update news desk.

Michael Che who holds a position as a correspondent at The Daily Show, has worked for SNL in the past as a writer, but will be will be now joining Colin Jost at the “Weekend Update” desk this year. Che is a New York native who began comedy in 2009 and has been making major moves since 2012.

Once word got out that Che had received the position, multiple stars took to twitter to congratulate him.Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 10.24.47 AM

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Che, in true comedic spirit, Che took to Twitter as well:

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SNL will kick off thier 40th season on September 27, last year they recived some heat for their lack of diversity, especially for the absence of Black women, but the criticism calmed down after they hired Sasheer Zamata. It is good to hear that they are diversifying the cast even more.

To get a taste of Che’s style of comedy, check out this video him making fun of gentrification in New York City:

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Netflix’s ‘Step Sisters’ Is ‘Bring It On’ … But Way More Woke!

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Netflix is getting ready to “Bring It On” … in more ways than one. The streaming service’s new flick Step Sisters is reminiscent of the 90s dance film, but delves deeper into racial themes like cultural appropriation, tokenization and interracial dating.

In the film Megalyn Echikunwoke (Arrow) plays the president of a black sorority who is tasked with teaching one of the campus’ white sororities how to step for a charity competition. At first glimpse the film seems to be stepping into a can of worms — and had folks on Twitter up in arms, but the creators and cast told HipHollywood it isn’t about cultural appropriation but instead cultural exchange.

“There’s a strong political message, and there’s a lot of racial content,” said Nia Jervier. “But I think that the pill that may be difficult to swallow is dipped in honey, because it’s funny.”

What also helps is that producer/writers like Lena Waithe (Masters of None), Chuck Hayward (Dear White People) and Ben Cory Jones (Underground) are behind the project – so you know it’s woke.

“At the end of the day, Jamila the lead character in our minds she’s reaching over to show them a part of our culture. It doesn’t dilute our culture,” said Jones. ” And I love that we can take stepping and evolve that into issues of race and culture.”

Step Sisters begins streaming on Netflix January 20th.

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