“Uhura Queen of Comms” Saber – A tribute to Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols

The Emmys are tomorrow night. I hope they pay some tribute to Nichelle Nichols.

Nichelle was one of the first African American female actors to appear as a main character in a tv series. She went on to work with NASA.

When she considered leaving the show, Martin Luther King Jr. convinced her to stay aboard the Enterprise because she was such a positive role model.

Tyeth has made a lovely light saber, as part of his tribute to her.

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nuqneH and welcome to the other franchise of the final frontier….Star Trek. Today I present my tribute to the actress and space pioneer Nichelle Nichols who portrayed Lt Nyota Uhura in the original Star Trek series (and the first six movies) and sadly passed away recently. It was the news of Nichelle’s passing and a conversation with my friend Resa (from Graffiti Lux and Murals – Link: https://graffitiluxandmurals.com/ ) about Star Trek, the Emmy’s and Nichelle’s role that prompted me to create a saber in Ms Nichol’s honour.

Nichelle was (and still is) THE Lt Uhura, communications officer from the original show and canon movies. Uhura however was very nearly named Lt Sulu but this was changed to help the show’s creator, Gene Roddenberry achieve a diverse cast and George Takei’s character was named Sulu instead. Whilst reading for the part of Uhura, Nichelle had a book with her titled…

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60 thoughts on ““Uhura Queen of Comms” Saber – A tribute to Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols

  1. Resa, I hope the Emmys pay tribute to Nichelle Nichols, too. Yes, a great, pioneering actress on a fabulous TV series. (In addition to the original “Star Trek,” I was also a fan of “The Next Generation,” “Deep Space Nine,” and “Voyager.”)

        1. Ah! That was a pretty good series!
          Still, I believe it’s the campy nature of the original series that keeps me in its camp.
          OH… and the first inter-racial kiss on TV…Kirk and Uhura!

          1. I can see your points, Resa! I guess Patrick Stewart’s brilliant acting in the Capt. Picard role and the improved special effects over the original were a couple of factors for me. 🙂

    1. Well, they always do the in memoriam bit, where hey rip through the head shots and say the names at lightening speed.
      Every so often they pause at a face, and people clap. I hope she at least gets that! xoxo

              1. Oooh!!! And I was at my friend’s for what was supposed to be a simple instructions on the what’s what when I stay at her place while mine is being ripped apart, and I came home at 12:30… sigh. Completely forgot to tape it, too. xoxoxo

                1. No worries! The Emmys aren’t what they used to be. It used be just shows from networks and cable. Now there are so many cable networks PLUS the multitude of Streaming networks that they don’t have any time for the craft categories, which I love.
                  Also, there are now tons of mini-series, limited series, anthology series.
                  Used to be 4 or 5 nominees in categories, now there are 7 or 8.
                  It’s become all about the actors, and best of shows.
                  Nichelle did get a decent pause and applause! xoxoxo

  2. I agree, they need to recognize Emmy’s. I know there will be something, but I hope it is more than just a quick face in a montage. She was such a great actress and human being.

  3. Resa, she also did so much for women in NASA leading an effort that was far more than window dressing to get more women and women of color hired. They had success thanks to her. Keith

    1. The least they could do is pause on her face long enough for people to clap. The RIP tributes get longer every year. They whip through the faces and names at breakneck speed.

  4. I grew up on Star Trek, Resa, and she was such an integral part of the show, a groundbreaking actress, perfect for the groundbreaking series. I remember the interracial kiss. Shows how far we’ve come. Thanks for sharing!

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