Mister Cee paid tribute today to Heavy D. the rapper, producer, actor and hip-hop pioneer on the second anniversary of his passing.
Daily Archives: November 8, 2013
America’s First Black Female Impressionist, Sylvia Traymore Recalls Her Saturday Night Live Experience Over 30 Years Ago
Washington, D.C. – When Sylvia Traymore watched acclaimed actress Kerry Washington impersonate several characters in a comedic sketch on a recent episode of Saturday Night Life (SNL), a deep sense of overwhelm overtook her. As the first black female impressionist to emerge on the entertainment scene back in the late ’70’s and early 80’s, she vividly recalls having high hopes of performing a similar scene over 30 years ago after she first met and was hired by the show’s creator/ producer, Lorne Michaels. SNL veteran Garrett Morris had been so impressed with Traymore when she hosted Muhammad Ali’s roast at the Apollo Theater that he personally arranged the meeting with Michaels for her. The year was 1979.
As a result of that meeting, Traymore was offered a position as an associate writer at Saturday Night Live. She is one of only a very few African American women ever offered the position. With SNL currently under the media microscope for their lack of diversity per hiring women performers of color, Traymore was compelled to reflect on her SNL memories. Traymore takes us back down her SNL memory lane with the first entry of her new blog, “Saturdays with Sylvia.”
Seattle based husband and wife team of Malice & Mario Sweet have released their second album Enjoy:Like: Love as the follow-up to their debut EP Happy 2 Year. Their melding of hip-hop, soul, funk and jazz has production credits from Jake One, Tall Black Guy and Vitamin D among others.