28 Reasons to Love a Black Guy

Saturday Night Live kicked off Black History Month with a skit giving viewers “28 Reasons to Hug a Black Guy.” The clip featured Keenan Thompson, Jay Pharoah, and SNL’s newest cast member, Sasheer Zamata.

While the sketch made me giggle, my feminist brain wouldn’t let me watch without questioning why Black women weren’t mentioned as deserving of the “love,” and why Zamata was basically relegated to the backup singer/dancer role without having her turn on the mic.

Yes, I know, it’s just a sketch on a comedy show, but Black women have continued to be marginalized when it comes to movements that emphasize race over gender (hence the #BlackPowerIsForBlackMen conversation). While Black women fought side-by-side with their husbands, brothers, fathers, and lovers in both the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, they are often mentioned in passing–or not at all.

As we begin another Black History Month, let us not forget our foremothers who have sacrificed, fought, and died for our rights.

Watch SNL’s 28 Reasons to Hug a Black Guy:

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  • The vast majority of Black figures in the Abolitionist and Civil Rights movements were men. That’s a historical fact, not some wild conspiracy.

    I’ll admit I am not an expert on this but I’m pretty sure there was just as must woman as men helping with the cause to end slavery and Clivil Rights. They just didn’t get spotlight or any fan fare like the men did. The documentary was called “Many Rivers To Cross” it came on last year for about 4 or 5 weeks.

    • AA

      Gotcha. Thanks for the source. I’m not a fan of HLG at all but I may check that out.

  • Ms. Vee


    “the only Black people who care about who “white media” panders most to, are Black people who love white approval”

    Oh Absolutely! Because white media has never misrepresented black people. And if you dare mention the inclining possibility then that automatically means you want white approval (even though my original position implied that seeking white approval was counterproductive). Foot meet mouth.

    Nonetheless, you have yet to show me where I insinuated the following: “Hey white media its not fair that you only pander to black men because black women need some shine too”. Go on find it. Or does AA mean that you are being an A-hole with (poor) Assumptions?

    I’ll wait ;)

    “Except that Black people don’t really care much for SNL”

    Oh you got me there! Since blacks don’t really care for SNL then its perfectly okay for the few token black actors to coon and buffoon so whites can have a jolly ole laugh. Gothcha.