'Saturday Night Live' hires black female comedian Sasheer Zamata to cast

Sasheer Zamata has been named as a cast member of "Saturday Night Live" — the first black female player on the show since Maya Rudolph left in 2007.

The rare mid-season hiring comes in response to "SNL" suffering some of the most blistering criticism and mounting pressure about the lack of a black female cast member, a topic that the show skewered on a recent, Kerry Washington-hosted episode.

Zamata will make her debut on the show's next live broadcast Jan. 18, according to Deadline.com.

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