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'Saturday Night Live' holds audition for black women

8:31 PM, Dec 12, 2013   |    comments
Kerry Washington hosts 'SNL' with castmember Kenan Thompson in November. (Photo: Dana Edelson, NBC)
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(USA TODAY) -- Months after being criticized for its lack of black female performers, Saturday Night Live has taken some action.

The sketch show held a round of auditions at L.A.'s Groundlings Theater a few weeks ago specifically for black women, Entertainment Weekly reports.

"Omg I am at the Groundlings theater about to audition for #SNL please pray for me yall!" comedian Tiffany Haddish tweeted on Dec. 2.

The women were reportedly contacted by SNL to attend auditions and, while it's unclear how many showed up, comedian Simone Shepherd posted a photo to her Instagram account from the audition showing her surrounded by 10 fellow actresses. "The hilarious BLACK women who just rock (sic) the SNL audition. #WeJustMadeHistory,"she captioned the snap.

Scandal actress Kerry Washington hosted the show in early November after the controversy about the show's diversity problem bubbled up. However, the last black actress to be featured as a player on the show was Maya Rudolph, who left in 2007.

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