#ConversationStarter: Minority Players on #SNL.

Kerry Washinton on SNL.

Kerry Washinton on SNL.

Saturday Night Live took a jab at itself–with guest host, Kerry Washington in tow–after several SNL cast members and the media began asking why aren’t their any black women on the late night laugh fest which is now in its 39th season.

The opening skit had Washington playing First Lady Michelle Obama, then running out the room to change into Oprah.

According to Melissa Harris-Perry, Washington is the eighth  African-American woman to hold down guest hosting duties.

Series creator Lorne Michaels says finding a black woman for the show is a priority.

From The LA Times:

Michaels said he is focused on finding an African American female cast member for the NBC series, but he did not specify how soon it would happen.

“It’s not like it’s not a priority for us,” Michaels said in an interview with the Associated Press on Thursday. “It will happen. I’m sure it will happen.”

Kenan Thompson, a SNL veteran who tells the LA Times he’s tired of putting on drag, puts the lack on black female performers.

However, there are plenty of black women who have graced comedic television–Debra Wilson and Wanda Sykes to name a few.

So chime in who in the minority would like to see on SNL? And let’s not just limit it to black women as one person on twitter pointed out:

First African-American Marines Receive Highest Honor.

via blackamericaweb.com

Group of Montford Point Marines.

From MarineCorpsTimes.com: Montford Marines train with artillery in New River, North Carolina in April of 1945 (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

The 368 surviving Marines of Montford Point received the highest civilian honor in Washington, D.C. today—the congressional gold medal.

The men received the medal 63 years after the training camp closed in 1949.

Montford Point was a training camp exclusively created for African-Americans in 1942 during World War II.

“They answered our nation’s call at a time when our society was deeply divided along racial lines,” Rep. Corrine Brown said in a statement.

The 368 will also be honored, tomorrow morning, in parade given by the Commandant of the Marine Corps at the Washington Marine Barracks.

Read more here.

#ConversationStarter: A Changing Black Middle Class.

Doing some usual AM reading and stumbled upon this piece asking “where is the black middle class?”

The following is a snippet of what I read from CNN.com & Dr. Kris Marsh Ph.D.  Marsh is part of the faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Where is the black middle class now, you ask? We are right here, but look demographically different than we did years ago.

My research clearly shows a compositional shift in the black middle class, away from married couples to single and living-alone households. Dovetailing with my research, we need to shift the way we talk and think about single, black professionals – both men and women, although women dominate the category.

The Love Jones Cohort nomenclature is based on the shift in the media portrayal of the black middle class, away from the Huxtables in “The Cosby Show” to the young, single, educated and black professionals in the film “Love Jones”, the show “Living Single” and more recently on VH1’s hit,Single Ladies.”

One question I often get when I talk about my research: How dramatic is the shift and presence of the Love Jones Cohort in the larger black middle class?

In 2000, 11% of black middle class households in the 25 to 54 range were Love Jones Cohort, up from 5% in 1980 – the group more than doubled its share of the black middle class, from 1980 to 2000. Additionally, the Love Jones Cohort made up the second-largest segment of the black middle class, behind married couples with children.

Meanwhile, married-couple households with children decreased their share of the black middle class. In fact, by 2000, they lost their status as the majority household type in the black middle class – 43% of black middle class households were married couples with children, down from 60% in 1980. If present trends persist, the Love Jones Cohort is on track to become the largest household type within the black middle class.

Read the full article here.

So let’s start a conversation:

Is this shift in the black middle class from a family unit to single unit a good thing?

Would you stay single and childless in hopes of attaining black middle class status or is family more important?

Comment below.