Season 43 of “Saturday Night Live,” which began on Sept. 30, faced a heavy news cycle, to say the least. Newspapers were jam-packed for months with stories including the rise of the #MeToo movement, mass shootings in America and the ensuing debates about gun control, the ongoing circus that is the Trump administration, the groundbreaking popularity of “Black Panther” and much, much more.Which means the show had an awful lot to work with. Perhaps because of that, the writers’ focus widened out a bit from politics, which dominated last year.As the season concluded Saturday, here’s a look back at the year’s best topical sketches – and one that was just pure, unadulterated fun.”Black Jeopardy” with Chadwick Boseman (April 7)One of the year’s most discussed sketches used the popular film “Black Panther” to highlight the difficulties of life as a black American. In the movie, Boseman’s T’Challa lives in the fictional, hidden and technologically advanced nation of Wakanda, which is blissfully untouched by the abominations of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, colonization and the resulting horrors – so he doesn’t know what life is like for black people in 2018 America. The sketch mines this idea by dropping him into a game… Read full this story
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