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Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

"Lack of black women becomes 'SNL' issue"

This past weekend, actress Kerry Washington hosted "Saturday Night Live," raising questions and concerns by the cast and viewers on the show's diversity. According to the Associated Press in "Lack of black women becomes 'SNL' issue" the current SNL cast features no black women and of the 137 cast members since the show's inception in 1975, only four have been black women.

"The show still is an important part of the culture, and misses something when there's a lack of diversity, [Miriam Petty] said."
- David Bauer, Associated Press

How important is cast diversity to you in shows like "Saturday Night Live"? Should show and network executives make it a priority to incorporate more minority females in the show? Share your thoughts in the "Comments" section below!

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