Washington serves as host on Saturday Night Live and sends up the sketch show's cast diversity issues in her opening skit, in which she is forced to portray Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Beyoncé "because SNL does not currently have a black woman on the cast," reads a statement that flashes across the screen. Two months later, the long-running NBC series adds comedian Sasheer Zamata to its cast.
The Scandal star welcomes her first child, daughter Isabelle Amarachi, with husband Asomugha. "I feel really, really blessed," she says of her pregnancy. "It just feels like a really good time."
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