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Nichelle Nichols - RIP
« on: 07/31/2022 08:40 pm »
https://www.washingtonpost.com/obituaries/2022/07/31/nichelle-nichols-uhura-star-trek-dead/

Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura in ‘Star Trek’ franchise, dies at 89

She helped break ground on TV by showing a Black woman in a position of authority and who shared with co-star William Shatner one of the first interracial kisses on American prime-time television
By Adam Bernstein
July 31, 2022 at 3:10 p.m. EDT

Nichelle Nichols, an actress whose role as the communications chief Uhura in the original “Star Trek” franchise in the 1960s helped break ground on TV by showing a Black woman in a position of authority and who shared with co-star William Shatner one of the first interracial kisses on American prime-time television, died July 30 in Silver City, N.M. She was 89.

Her son, Kyle Johnson, announced the death on Facebook. Her former agent Zachery McGinnis also confirmed the death but did not have further details. Ms. Nichols had a stroke in 2015.

Ms. Nichols, a statuesque dancer and nightclub chanteuse, had a few acting credits when she was cast in “Star Trek.” She said she viewed the TV series as a “nice steppingstone” to Broadway stardom, hardly anticipating that a low-tech science-fiction show would become a cultural touchstone and bring her enduring recognition.

“Star Trek” was barrier-breaking in many ways. While other network programs of the era offered domestic witches and talking horses, “Star Trek” delivered allegorical tales about violence, prejudice and war — the roiling social issues of the era — in the guise of a 23rd-century intergalactic adventure. The show featured Black and Asian cast members in supporting but nonetheless visible, non-stereotypical roles.

Ms. Nichols worked with series creator Gene Roddenberry, her onetime lover, to imbue Uhura with authority — a striking departure for a Black TV actress when “Star Trek” debuted on NBC in 1966. Actress Whoopi Goldberg often said that when she saw “Star Trek” as an adolescent, she screamed to her family, “Come quick, come quick. There’s a Black lady on television and she ain’t no maid!”

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Nichelle Nichols - RIP
« Reply #1 on: 07/31/2022 08:43 pm »
From NASA regarding her passing.

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We celebrate the life of Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek actor, trailblazer, and role model, who symbolized to so many what was possible. She partnered with us to recruit some of the first women and minority astronauts, and inspired generations to reach for the stars.

https://twitter.com/NASA/status/1553843225588285440

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We honored Nichelle Nichols' and that of the character she created with Uhura with this plaque seen in the premiere of Season 2 of Star Trek Picard.  Farewell Captain Noyta Uhura,  You embodied everything that Starfleet stood for.

https://twitter.com/DaveBlass/status/1553842102517354497

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My favorite photo of Dad and Nichelle Nichols on set. The importance of Nichelle's legacy cannot be over-emphasized. She was much loved and will be missed.

https://twitter.com/adam_nimoy/status/1553847435968991232
« Last Edit: 07/31/2022 09:01 pm by Star One »

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Re: Nichelle Nichols - RIP
« Reply #2 on: 07/31/2022 08:53 pm »
May she rest amongst the stars.

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Re: Nichelle Nichols - RIP
« Reply #3 on: 07/31/2022 09:40 pm »
Ad astra, wonderful woman.

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Re: Nichelle Nichols - RIP
« Reply #4 on: 07/31/2022 09:48 pm »
Hailing frequencies closed.
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Re: Nichelle Nichols - RIP
« Reply #5 on: 08/01/2022 04:16 am »
Ad astra !

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Re: Nichelle Nichols - RIP
« Reply #6 on: 08/01/2022 04:27 am »
RIP beautiful lady on all hailing frequencies.

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Re: Nichelle Nichols - RIP
« Reply #7 on: 08/29/2022 03:01 pm »
Nichelle Nichols to become latest Star Trek star to have ashes sent into space

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The launch is organized by Celestis Inc, a Texas-based company that has created a unique niche in the burgeoning commercial space sector by offering a measure of cosmic immortality to customers that can afford a dramatic send-off, which contracts with private rocket ventures.

Celestis has not publicly divulged the fees and other financial details of its service.

The upcoming memorial flight will be aboard a Vulcan Centaur rocket, still under development by the Boeing and Lockheed Martin joint venture United Launch Alliance (ULA).

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Re: Nichelle Nichols - RIP
« Reply #8 on: 09/09/2022 07:46 am »
Star Trek Universe - Tribute to Nichelle Nichols:


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