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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - January 08, 2014

‘Saturday Night Live’ Takes A Very Important First Step

By Linda Holmes

Saturday Night Live ignores so many perennial complaints — that it's stale, that it has a spotty history with women, that sketches are too long — that it was kind of surprising to hear in mid-December that it was holding not-very-secret "secret auditions" to find a black woman to join the cast. Cast members Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah had both been talking about it in different ways, but to have longtime SNL boss Lorne Michaels suddenly go for a midseason hire?




NPR - Illinois Public Media News - November 20, 2013

Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey Among 16 Honored At White House

By Mark Memmott

Barack Obama and Bill Clinton

A former president, a baseball legend, a country music star and a woman who's a powerhouse in American media were among 16 people honored Wednesday at the White House with the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.




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