Amber Ruffin Reportedly First Black Female Writer in Late-Night TV
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

Amber Ruffin, comedian and TV writer (Image: File)

Amber Ruffin has joined the Jimmy Fallon’s “Late Night” writing room recently, becoming the first black female writer —or any female of color— to join the staff, according to reports.

This is an almost astonishing development in the more than seven decades of late-night talk shows in television history.

This also comes after news of Sasheer Zamata joining the cast of Saturday Night Live mid-season and becoming the first black woman since Maya Rudolph left the show in 2007. Ruffin was reportedly part of SNL’s “secret” black women-only auditions. An experienced comedian and actress, she’s an alumnus of Chicago’s iO Theater and a former performer at Second City comedy club.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.