Comedian Jay Pharoah is on a noble mission to add black women to the cast of “Saturday Night Live” and already has someone in mind.
“They need to pay attention,” Pharoah tells theGrio. “Her name is Darmirra Brunson … Why do I think she should be on the show? Because she’s black first of all, and she’s really talented. She’s amazing. She needs to be on SNL. I said it. And I believe they need to follow up with it like they said they were going to do last year.”
Some people may know Brunson from her role on Tyler Perry’s “Love Thy Neighbor” on the OWN network. Pharoah says she’s just what “SNL” has been missing.
The last black actress to star on the show was Maya Rudolph who left the cast in 2007. That leaves Pharoah and co-star Kenan Thompson as the only remaining black actors out of 16 cast members.
The Saturday staple has always faced backlash for its lack of diversity and Pharoah feels its time for a change.
“It’s one of those things that’s hard,” he admitted. “Some people choke up. Some people burn their bridges by saying things they shouldn’t say either. You just have to be very political about your delivery, what you say, and your performance. You’ve got to be on point. Everybody has to like you and want you to win. If they don’t like you, it’s a wrap.”
Outside of his show “Saturday Night Live,” Pharoah spoke out on a few other things in the media including taking Miley Cyrus on a field trip “to the hood” with Britney Spears and Amanda Bynes along for the ride.