31 Characters: Nyota Uhura, Star Trek from The Sisterhood of Science Fiction – Dr. Rosanne Welch

31 Characters: Nyota Uhura, Star Trek from The Sisterhood of Science Fiction – Dr. Rosanne Welch


In terms of characters that we need to
pay some attention to, if you don’t know the original Star Trek you should but you’ve
seen some of these characters and memes all over the internet right? Nyota Uhura. It was a big deal. They’re putting an African-American woman in the future.
Now there was some chit chat about the sexism going on because she was just
answering the phone. She’s running the radio on the ship but she’s still on the
ship on the main place and she often was involved in stories, but what’s really
important about her character and why these two are connected in these
pictures is that after the first season on the show, she was kind of like “I’m
just answering the damn phone like I don’t really feel like I’m empowered
very much I don’t really want to do this show anymore” and she was a big band
singer, she could go back out on the road , sing, tour America, make money. I don’t
need to do this cheesy science fiction show and then she met him at some event–
I forget — some fundraising event and she said she kind of apologized for kind of
how stupid her role was in the show and told him she was quitting so she’s proud
of I want you to know I’m not gonna do this anymore and he was like “Oh no no no
no. You have to stay. You are the only African-American who is seen in the
future. You do not understand the power of little children looking up and saying
okay we survive. She made it. I’ll make it. This is a big, big deal.

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