8) Cosby ObamaMaya Rudolph took a crack at playing Michelle Obama in "Cosby Obama,” a skit poking fun at the real First Lady’s campaign against childhood obesity, with an African-American sitcom twist.
Joe “Jamal” Biden, Sasha, Malia, Michelle and Barack Obama danced around in the show’s opening musical montage, similar to the opening of the actual Cosby Show, followed by the “episode” and a cute finale with the First Family performing Ray Charles’ “Night Time is the Right Time,” which is a rip from a classic Cosby episode. This skit wasn’t laugh out loud funny but it was cute, and made perfect sense, since the Obamas are the real-life Cosbys.
9) White Christmas
SNL’s White Christmas spoofed Best Man Holiday, Black Nativity and Madea's Christmas, making fun of the idea that Black culture isn’t cool until White people do it. Stereotypical nuances like gun-toting grandmas, Black women snapping peas in the kitchen, and “soulful” gospel choirs performed by White actors make it a “Black holiday movie that everyone can enjoy” because, you know, Black people are aliens.
It was amusing to watch, even though most of the stereotypes were more from Tyler Perry flicks than anything else, but its point isn’t far from how the media seems to actually view Black entertainment. Remember the Best Man Holiday “raced-themed” scandal?
10) 12 Days Not a Slave
Writers drew inspiration from history but also Django Unchained, in 12 Days Not a Slave, as Jay Pharoah’s newly emancipated character (dressed like Django) and Ed Norton as a Canadian showing him the ropes of freedom, show up to a bar for drinks and merriment but get met with skepticism, racism and stereotypical White women’s lust.
Pharoah’s character is so excited to be free but also oblivious to the realities around him, that he refuses to let racial tension keep him from living a full life, in this not really funny reimagining of a historical moment.