Acclaimed TV, stage and screen actress Cicely Tyson became the first black female to host ‘Saturday Night Live’ during its fourth season on February 10, 1979.
Following her Oscar-nominated success with ‘The Color Purple’ and the launch of her iconic talk show, Oprah Winfrey (pictured here with the show’s producer Lorne Michaels) hosted SNL on April 12, 1986.
Queen Latifah ended a decades-long drought in black female hosts on March 8, 2003 and returned for an infamous cameo during a 2008 parody of the vice presidential debate as Gwen Ifill.
Halle Berry mocked musical guest Britney Spears’ infamous MTV VMAs kiss with Madonna when she hosted back in October 18, 2003.
Janet Jackson (seen here playing Condoleezza Rice) pulled double duty as both host and musical guest following her Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction on April 10, 2004.
Rosario Dawson brought her trademark beauty and charm to the SNL stage on January 17, 2009.
Gabourey Sidibe got to show she had a funny side following her dramatic performance in ‘Precious’ during her April 24, 2010 hosting gig.
Maya Rudolph, a 7-year SNL cast member, scored an Emmy nod for her triumphant return. She played everyone from Beyonce (pictured) to Maya Rudolph, and was hilarious doing it.
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Scandal fans are rejoicing over the news that Kerry Washington will be hosting the November 2nd episode of the legendary NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live.
The announcement comes at a time when the 38-year-old show is under increased scrutiny for the lack of diversity in its cast.
Although the show has two black cast members, Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah, and one woman of color, Nasim Pedrad, there are no black women in the cast.
The sad fact is that in the show’s storied history there have only been four black women featured in the cast.
Black female hosts of the show have also been few and far between.
There have been only eight including Washington to date. Check out our slideshow above to see who has done the honors.