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(Trek Movie)   Nichelle Nichols recounts how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. convinced her not to quit Star Trek because she was a positive role model to the African American community   (trekmovie.com) divider line
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2021-01-18 5:32:24 PM  
I'm so glad he did. Nichelle Nichols' post-Star Trek work with NASA has been incalculably amazing.
 
Xai [TotalFark]
2021-01-18 6:26:42 PM  
I always like Uhura. I think it did more than people realise, especially in small ways like normalising unfamiliar names.
 
2021-01-18 6:28:07 PM  
Neat. I had only seen about half of that.
 
2021-01-18 9:29:49 PM  

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: I'm so glad he did. Nichelle Nichols' post-Star Trek work with NASA has been incalculably amazing.


Trivia note, one of the first black women Nichols helped recruit into NASA had a cameo in TNG as a transporter technician.
 
2021-01-18 9:53:31 PM  
That story moved me to tears.  I sometimes think that popular culture, tv and music in particular, played an important role in the civil rights movement and never got much recognition. Moments like this, or Stevie Wonder on Sesame Street, have a way of infiltrating the subconscious, and forever undermining the racist indoctrination too many of us were born into.
 
2021-01-18 9:57:58 PM  

Xai: I always like Uhura. I think it did more than people realise, especially in small ways like normalising unfamiliar names.


I really do think the impact was wider than it might have seemed.  Star Trek was one of the few TV shows I watched with my Dad when I was young, and I was too young to consciously realize that they had a Black female officer.  And an Asian officer, and a Russian.  They were just crew members, obviously the best in Star Fleet because that's what the show was about.

It might not have been conscious, but I really do think it sort of normalized that idea in this white guy's head that situations like that should be *normal*.  Pick the best people, and if those people aren't white males well, that's just how things are.
 
2021-01-18 10:01:16 PM  
They should have given her more to do.  She clearly had acting talent, charisma and of course looks.  Made the most of her scenes, like with the tribble.
 
2021-01-18 10:02:16 PM  

Flappyhead: MusicMakeMyHeadPound: I'm so glad he did. Nichelle Nichols' post-Star Trek work with NASA has been incalculably amazing.

Trivia note, one of the first black women Nichols helped recruit into NASA had a cameo in TNG as a transporter technician.


Dr. Mae Jemison, the first Black woman in space, and appeared in TNG's "Second Chances" (which was, incidentally, LeVar Burton's directorial debut).

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2021-01-18 10:18:56 PM  
Drunk History - Nichelle Nichols Lives Boldly
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I was pleased this was worthy of Drunk History.
She's done so much for women in STEM, she doesn't get enough props for how much good she did with NASA.
 
2021-01-18 10:26:02 PM  
I would love to get drunk with Nichelle Nicolls then spoon for hours.
 
2021-01-18 10:35:09 PM  
She sure likes to trot that story out all the time.

Can't say that I blame her.
 
2021-01-18 11:01:33 PM  

AtomPeepers: [YouTube video: Drunk History - Nichelle Nichols Lives Boldly]I was pleased this was worthy of Drunk History.
She's done so much for women in STEM, she doesn't get enough props for how much good she did with NASA.


"Ok, cool. Bring on the nerd!"

I love that episode.
 
2021-01-18 11:10:11 PM  
My Best friend's Mom was the first black cosplayer at a con dressed up as Uhrua. She loved all the pictures and guys who were impressed by her sewing skills.
 
2021-01-18 11:20:50 PM  
She had a difficult job, and performed it with style and class. Also, I respect her many accomplishments too much to refer to her as a hottie. I think Lt. Hottie shows proper decorum.

Congratulations to the Jackie Robinson of Star Fleet!
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2021-01-18 11:29:31 PM  
Not to mention, smoking hot.
 
2021-01-18 11:51:39 PM  

Tannhauser: They should have given her more to do.  She clearly had acting talent, charisma and of course looks.  Made the most of her scenes, like with the tribble.


I am sure she would have had an expanded role if the show wasn't cancelled so early.
 
2021-01-18 11:56:25 PM  
just saw her last night in Truck Turner, with Isaac Hayes; nice boobs
 
2021-01-19 1:07:49 AM  

E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: just saw her last night in Truck Turner, with Isaac Hayes; nice boobs


Isaac Hayes did have some excellent boobs.
 
2021-01-19 1:17:37 AM  

Spice Must Flow: She had a difficult job, and performed it with style and class. Also, I respect her many accomplishments too much to refer to her as a hottie. I think Lt. Hottie shows proper decorum.

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I just realized she is using a Bluetooth earpiece.
 
2021-01-19 2:07:01 AM  
Saw a star trek doc once that insinuated she was boning Gene Roddenberry.
Kinda bent my mind seeing as she was so hot and he looked like something the dog had been chewing on for awhile.
 
2021-01-19 2:25:00 AM  

Trik: Saw a star trek doc once that insinuated she was boning Gene Roddenberry.
Kinda bent my mind seeing as she was so hot and he looked like something the dog had been chewing on for awhile.


Gene was boning nearly everything female and remotely attractive that didn't run fast enough.  No, I'm not sure how he managed that either.
 
2021-01-19 2:29:59 AM  

caljar: Tannhauser: They should have given her more to do.  She clearly had acting talent, charisma and of course looks.  Made the most of her scenes, like with the tribble.

I am sure she would have had an expanded role if the show wasn't cancelled so early.


She did in the animated series, which, as I recall, was pretty much a continuation of the original.
 
2021-01-19 2:46:07 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Trik: Saw a star trek doc once that insinuated she was boning Gene Roddenberry.
Kinda bent my mind seeing as she was so hot and he looked like something the dog had been chewing on for awhile.

Gene was boning nearly everything female and remotely attractive that didn't run fast enough.  No, I'm not sure how he managed that either.


I GIS'ed him and he didn't look like I remembered.
Then I realized that for some reason I was confusing him with L. Ron Hubbard  Who actually was butt ugly.
 
2021-01-19 3:16:07 AM  

Trik: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Trik: Saw a star trek doc once that insinuated she was boning Gene Roddenberry.
Kinda bent my mind seeing as she was so hot and he looked like something the dog had been chewing on for awhile.

Gene was boning nearly everything female and remotely attractive that didn't run fast enough.  No, I'm not sure how he managed that either.

I GIS'ed him and he didn't look like I remembered.
Then I realized that for some reason I was confusing him with L. Ron Hubbard  Who actually was butt ugly.


Ouch - poor Gene lol.  Naw, he wasn't hideous but I did always wonder how someone that looked like that ended up in bed with all the women he did.  He wasn't hardly Brad Pitt or anything.  I mean sure, he did Trek, etc. - but still sheesh.  Some people just have it I guess.
 
2021-01-19 9:32:07 AM  

Trik: Saw a star trek doc once that insinuated she was boning Gene Roddenberry.
Kinda bent my mind seeing as she was so hot and he looked like something the dog had been chewing on for awhile.


Was it on a commentary on some series?  Was it a comment on Fark?  I dunno, but...

I feel like I picked up along the way somewhere that Gene Roddenberry was involved with both Ms. Nichols and Ms. Barrett during TOS.  And it would make sense this was about when Ms. Nichols was considering dropping out of the show, right?  And can you IMAGINE being told by MLK Jr to get back into it, this was bigger than your personal life?  (Ms. Nichols ended things with Mr. Roddenberry.  Ms. Barrett wound up marrying him.)
 
2021-01-19 10:14:28 AM  
That reminds me of the time that the ghost of Martin Luther harangued me about indulgences for ten nights straight.
 
2021-01-19 10:30:44 AM  

Spice Must Flow: She had a difficult job, and performed it with style and class. Also, I respect her many accomplishments too much to refer to her as a hottie. I think Lt. Hottie shows proper decorum.

Congratulations to the Jackie Robinson of Star Fleet![Fark user image 425x425]


"Incoming transmission from MCI Worldcom. It sounds like a limited-time offer."
 
2021-01-19 11:12:27 AM  
He did this every year it seems. Someone should tell him the show was canceled a while ago.
 
2021-01-19 11:50:48 AM  

CarnySaur: That reminds me of the time that the ghost of Martin Luther harangued me about indulgences for ten nights straight.


Since this is a scifi thread I read that as Martin Landau and was only slightly confused.
 
2021-01-19 1:08:02 PM  

LrdPhoenix: She sure likes to trot that story out all the time.

Can't say that I blame her.


I though we'd all heard this story before....
 
2021-01-19 2:34:25 PM  

caljar: Tannhauser: They should have given her more to do.  She clearly had acting talent, charisma and of course looks.  Made the most of her scenes, like with the tribble.

I am sure she would have had an expanded role if the show wasn't cancelled so early.


Have you actually watched the show?  I'm going to assume you've watched some random episodes.  In early episodes, she was highlighted often in episodes, and engaged in the story in many ways (she was shown repairing the communications console on her own).  As the series went on, her duties diminished into a set pattern of opening hailing frequencies.

(People, PLEASE don't reference the "first inter-racial kiss on TV."  It wasn't.  There were many before it)
 
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