Under fire for its historic lack for black female cast members,
But will it be enough?
The veteran series sponsored a showcase exclusively for black women last week at
The search has commenced after cast member Jay Pharoah complained in October that the show was too white.
Although the show appears to be moving forward with trying to add a black woman, it remains to be seen whether the current effort is more than a stopgap attempt to silence critics or if more efforts are underway to add other ethnic minorities besides African Americans to the predominantly white cast.
"SNL" has hired only white performers from CBS' annual Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase featuring mostly people of color — young blacks, Latinos, Asians and Indians.
One participant in the 2011 showcase was current "SNL" performer Kate McKinnon, who is gay.