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Thursday, April 16, 2015

A-Z Challenge 2015: N is for Nichelle Nichols!






Nichelle Nichols played Lt. Uhura in the Star Trek series in the 1960's. She helped show a future where race was no longer an issue in people's lives - and it was so important at the time that when she first met Martin Luther King and revealed she was thinking of leaving the show - he implored her to stay - to continue to provide that message - even if she was often only in the background of the stories. Plus, she had the best legs in the 23rd century.




Uhura came back for the Star Trek movies in the 80's - and Nichelle Nichols got some great moments here and there. Two other movies that stand out for this blog - Truck Turner (1974) - you've never seen her like she is in that Isaac Hayes Blaxpolitation vehicle - and The Supernaturals (1986) - which is not a classic but again gives Nichelle a character to play completely unlike Lt. Uhura.






Still looking amazing and offering a strong presence in genre circles - Nichelle Nichols is an amazing woman - check out something with her next chance you get!










Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

14 comments:

  1. It’s officially the second half of A to Z. Time to catch that second wind, rest up on Sunday, then it’s that mad dash toward the finish line!

    Stephen Tremp
    A to Z Cohost
    N is for Numerology

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    1. Thanks for commenting in a generic cheerleading way!

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  2. I'm a huge fan of Star Trek and love Lt. Uhura. She was the only woman officer! YAY Nichelle!

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  3. She is a lovely lovely lady... I had the chance to interview about 20 years ago, she sang for us... must find that footage.

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    1. That's really cool - I would love the chance to interview Ms. Nichols.

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  4. and allegedly her kiss with Capt Kirk was TV's first interracial kiss. I find that .... fascinating!

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  5. I remember reading somewhere that the network didn't want her to have much air time and Roddenberry fought hard to give her as much air time as possible. Even having some of the episodes being about her.

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    1. NBC was worried that the Southern states' ratings would drop if she was seen too much. Gene Roddenberry did not take that sitting down.

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  6. She was a knock out in the original show, and one of my favourite characters in it. Re-watching some of the ST films recently, I was struck with how often they got her hair and make up 'wrong' - especially in comaprison to that last photo you posted, in which she STILL looks stunning!

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    1. She really has remained amazingly beautiful - and I would have to say the 80's hair and makeup were a product of the time.

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