Thursday, May 26, 2022

Eddie Murphy and Lizzo Repped Black Designers for SNL Performances

lizzo on SNL

*Eddie Murphy’sSaturday Night Live” return was a massive success, giving the 44-year-old sketch comedy show its best ratings since 2017.

We previously reported… Saturday’s SNL averaged 9.921 million viewers, the best since Melissa McCarthy hosted the season finale in May 2017, which drew 10.382 million viewers, per

SNL helped launched Murphy’s career and his last appearance was in 1984. The comedian reprised some of his landmark characters for his return to the late-night comedy show’s stage, including Mr. Robinson, Gumby and Buckwheat. He was joined during his opening monologue by Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock and Tracy Morgan.

Lizzo was the musical guest and both she and Murphy wore Black designers for their SNL performances. 

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According to The Glow Up (via The Root), Lizzo and her all-Black, all-female band rocked custom designs by Dapper Dan x Gucci, while Murphy enlisted Oscar-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter to style him.

We previously reported, Bill Cosby’s publicist slammed Murphy’s “Saturday Night Live” opening monologue joke about the incarcerated comedian.

In an Instagram post, Andre Wyatt claimed Cosby broke color barriers and called Murphy a “Hollywood Slave.”

“Mr. Cosby became the first Black to win an Emmy for his role in I Spy and Mr. Cosby broke color barriers in the Entertainment Industry, so that Blacks like Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappell, Kevin Hart and et al., could have an opportunity to showcase their talents for many generations to come. It is sad that Mr. Murphy would take this glorious moment of returning to SNL and make disparaging remarks against Mr. Cosby. One would think that Mr. Murphy was given his freedom to leave the plantation, so that he could make his own decisions; but he decided to sell himself back to being a Hollywood Slave. Stepin Fetchit plus cooning equals the destruction of Black Men in Hollywood.”

Meanwhile, here’s what The Root had to say about Murphy and Lizzo’s SNL style:

While we would’ve loved to say Eddie and Lizzo wore exclusively black designers for their appearances (and are still awaiting the rest of the details on Eddie’s wardrobe), we are nevertheless content with the nods—because when it comes to fashion promotion, an appearance on SNL can go a long way. So, shouts to two of our faves for not only making the still diversity-challenged SNL a little spicier this holiday season but for bringing a few black designers along for the ride.


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It was a great night of looks for the infamous Eddie Murphy! And I think the man still got it!!

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Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.




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