Sasheer Zamata joins “Saturday Night Live” cast

By: Alex Spindler NBC’s long-running sketch comedy show, “Saturday Night Live” is set to add a new member to its seasoned “Not-Ready-For-Primetime-Players.” Sasheer Zamata, a member of New York City’s “Upright Citizens Brigade” improv-comedy troupe, joins the late-night show midway through its 39th season on the heels of both excitement and controversy. As an African-American female, Zamata’s casting does more than add hype to “Saturday Night Live’s” outlook. Back in October, Keenan Thompson, one of the show’s veteran performers and an African-American male, reported to multiple media outlets that he was upset over the lack of diversity in the cast. … Continue reading Sasheer Zamata joins “Saturday Night Live” cast

Civic duty is not merely voting, but being informed

By: Josh Sabo Come late October, columnists and bloggers across the country dust off their notes on political participation and write their annual columns declaring the end of our democracy or the further corruption of our government, based on what they project to be poorly attended polling locations across the country. But I think people too often bemoan the lack of political participation among young people in particular (and the electorate generally) without thinking deeply about the ways that our politics are broken and how the discourse on these problems is so often inaccurate in capturing the sentiments of disillusioned … Continue reading Civic duty is not merely voting, but being informed

Fey and Poehler host next Golden Globes

By: Alex Spindler The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the entertainment organization responsible for producing the Golden Globe Awards, recently announced that last year’s hosting duo Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will host the award ceremonies in 2014 and 2015. According to CNN, the quick decision to have the partnership host for the next two years is due to their high critical praise and attractiveness to TV viewers. In fact, the 2013 viewership for the Golden Globe Awards (which traditionally falters in ratings compared to the Academy Awards) was the highest that it had been in the last six years. … Continue reading Fey and Poehler host next Golden Globes