I was surprised to discover in her interviews how bubbly and hilarious Sidibe is, so I'm looking forward to an opportunity for her to showcase her energy and charisma. I had some theories in response to the trivia question, but they were wrong. (My theory did host, but it was in '03.) It's been a shorter amount of time than I realized (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Saturday_Night_Live_episodes), and I don't remember the most recent woman in question hosting (although I dig her). Actually, as I dig through the list to find previous African American women who have hosted, it appears they should host more often, because those are some cool people.
Sidibe, yes?And...wow. Did Oprah host, back in the Color Purple days? Whoopi?
WINNER! Latifah, 10-9-2004. In the previous season, both Halle Berry and Janet Jackson hosted. (The latter one, you'll remember for the Cork Soakers.) But it's been a while.
What about Rosario Dawson? She is at least 1/4 African American as far as I can tell. Does that count? She hosted in Jan. 2009, the debut of Gilly!
How about this? Who was the first African-American women to host?
This blog does not observe a one-drop rule.
Benner, correct. It took 77 episodes (2-10-79) to break the barrier. Talking Heads were the musical guest.
Gabourey Sidibe will definitely get me to watch SNL. I still haven't seen Precious, but I am so totally charmed by her presence in interviews, her enthusiasm at the Oscars, and her hilarious appearance on The Soup. She just seems like a totally normal person who is having the ride of her life and she makes me want to go along for the fun of it. I remember someone (maybe Kim?) posted a while back about how Jennifer Garner engenders so much goodwill that you root for her to do well in reviews. I kind of feel the same way about Sidibe -- I'm rooting for her to be successful.
Were I simply asked "is Rosario Dawson African-American," I would answer "yes."
I would have sworn Maya Rudolph had hosted since she left, but she was a featured guest.