Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Lieutenant Uhura: Remixed.

Lt. Uhura gets Remixed

Since her inception in the late 1960s, Star Trek's Lt. Uhura has remained a pop-culture icon. The beehive-rocking, smart, Chief Communications Officer of the USS Enterprise, introduced international television audiences to a kind of black woman it had never seen before: a sista literally light-years ahead. Becoming one of the first African American characters to join a culturally diverse television cast, actress Nichelle Nichols helped to change archaic notions that once crippled the sci-fi genre, and proved once and for all that people of color would, indeed, have a place in the celluloid future.

Though, Nichols made Uhura's sci-fi trekking look easy, she battled racial inequalities both in front of and behind the scenes and had once contemplated leaving the show in its first season, until Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. talked her into staying. The legendary leader told her how important it was for the world to see her in such a groundbreaking role--and who can really argue with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr? Nichelle Nichols continued through the shows' three seasons, making television history along the way. King's words would ring true when, years later, Mae Jamison, the first black female astronaut, cited seeing Uhura on television as an inspiration for joining NASA.

Zoe Saldana as Lt. UhuraNow, forty years later, the iconic role of Lt. Uhura will have a new face: Zoe Saldana's. The new Star Trek film will begin shooting this winter and is expected to hit theaters Christmas 2008.

Zoe has been given some pretty big shoes to fill, but we're sure she'll wear them well. Beam her on up, Scotty!

12 comments:

Mr. Smith said...

Zoe is cool but Gabrielle Union would have made a better Uhura. get it right hollywood!

girl6 said...

Zoe is beautiful but homegurl is just too damn skinny. NN had some dangerous curves. Gabrielle is cute, too but can't act. The sista on "Bones"--Taylor, I think is her last name--would have been a better choice.

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Anonymous said...

Stop hatin on Zoe. She got the part because SOMEBODY liked what she was doin. She been blowin up since Drumline and Pirates of the Caribean so why shouldn't she play Uhra??? Gabrielle Union probably tried out for the part and got turned down. People be hatin and always trying to turns black women against each other! .

Dale said...

I'm feeling Zoe Saldana on Star Trek. I thought she was fine but when I saw her on mtv Punkd she got respect as a down a$$ chick. Nobody can fugg with Nichelle Nicolas cause the original is always better than the remake. But word-->Zoe ain't no scrub so yall can leave that alone.

Invisible Woman said...

That picture is funny :-) I agree that no matter who it is, they just couldn't come close to the original Uhura. Zoe will just have to do her best.

Kim of Black Style Central said...

I'm mad that I never watched star trek Nichelle Nichols seems kind of fierce.

aulelia said...

zoe saldana seems like a good choice.

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SolShine7 said...

I wrote a blog entry about Zaldana in the new Star Trek movie and I think it's pretty cool. She's perfect for the role.

The Love Collective said...

Now, that's cool. I didn't know that about Zoe.

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