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Funny For A Black Girl: What It’s Like To Be Black, A Woman & A Comedian At The Same Damn Time  was originally published on hellobeautiful.com

1. Stephanie McRae: “Black women are funny, smart & charismatic!

Stephanie McRae: “Black women are funny, smart & charismatic!

2. Nichelle Stephens: “Women in comedy often don’t get the big paying hosting gigs or even more important, the writing jobs.”

Nichelle Stephens: “Women in comedy often don’t get the big paying hosting gigs or even more important, the writing jobs.”

3. Hadiyah Robinson: “There’s a stereotype of the Black women voice in comedy, but our voice is as vast & varied as our shades.”

Hadiyah Robinson: “There’s a stereotype of the Black women voice in comedy, but our voice is as vast & varied as our shades.”

4. Maryssa Smith: ‘Many popular female comics are hypersexuallized. I don’t think we have to sling tits and ass or the fantasy of having sex with us to be funny.”

Maryssa Smith: ‘Many popular female comics are hypersexuallized. I don’t think we have to sling tits and ass or the fantasy of having sex with us to be funny.”

5. Phoebe Robinson: “My number one goal is funny first, and then you can have a lesson or a message that you want to get across.”

Phoebe Robinson: “My number one goal is funny first, and then you can have a lesson or a message that you want to get across.”

6. Yamaneika Saunders: “Comedy helps me to connect with the inner child in me that was always overlooked and dismissed.”

Yamaneika Saunders: “Comedy helps me to connect with the inner child in me that was always overlooked and dismissed.”

7. Chloe Hilliard: ‘I am Black & I am a woman. I don’t play either of them up or down for laughs.”

Chloe Hilliard: ‘I am Black & I am a woman. I don’t play either of them up or down for laughs.”