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Taraji P. Henson Will Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ for the First Time in April (How Many Black Women Have Hosted?)

Taraji P. Henson Will Host 'Saturday Night Live' for the First Time in April (How Many Black Women Have Hosted?)

Riding probably higher than she’s even been since entering the business many years ago, on the groundbreaking success of Fox’s hit series “Empire,” Taraji P. Henson will make her “Saturday Night Live” hosting debut on April 11, 2015!

Mumford & Sons will be the show’s musical guest – their second time. 

One can only assume that there’ll be an “Empire” sketch during the episode, with Henson playing the character she plays on the show – the inimitable, always quotable Cookie Lyon; a role that’s pushed Henson into a spotlight she really hasn’t enjoyed until now. We can only hope it leads to even more work down the road for her – preferably diverse roles, and that she doesn’t get boxed into playing Cookie in everything she’s cast in from here on. 

I’ll have to research, but it’s a very rare occurrence when a black woman has hosted “Saturday Night Live.” Since the show began in the mid-1970’s, there has been Kerry Washington, Queen Latifah, Gabourey Sidibe, Cicely Tyson, Janet Jackson, Halle Berry and Oprah. Anybody else I’m forgetting?

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