and nichelle nichols that queen

The second Nichelle saw me in the Uhura outfit her eyes just glowed. I spent the whole week rehearsing what to say to her – this is my queen. I draw all of my strength from Uhura. From her. Whenever the obstacles in my life threaten to overwhelm me, I remember that her obstacles were more like brick walls. She inspires me more than anyone.

I took her hand and said “You changed my life. Thank you.” And I got to hug her, and take this picture. She’s brilliant, you guys. Her voice is just so musical and lovely. The second I stepped away I burst into tears on Juliette’s shoulder, all the photo op people understood. It was the most magical, amazing moment. I could see it in her eyes. I could see it all.

(Later, at her autograph table, she called me beautiful. So there’s that to hold close to my heart forever as well. And she wrote “blessings,” and so I have been blessed by my queen, and I am the happiest person in the world.)

I just finished reading Nichelle Nichol’s autobiography, Beyond Uhura.

I did this while looking up quotes for an independent art project. After not being able to find nearly the breadth of quotes online that I would expect from someone so ground breaking, I got myself a copy of her book to read through and comb for a good one. I found far more than one!

Here are some quotes that I’m honestly shocked and appalled aren’t plastered all over the internet. She is clearly an amazing, brilliant, and complex woman who is a Queen and should be treated as one.

“One of the most insidiously cruel aspects of racism is how it poisons not only those who practice it, but its victims as well.”

"I never accepted the prevailing notion that girls were supposed to stay close to home and learn to cook and clean. It was so unfair, it made me furious. I knew I belonged out there kicking ass with my older brothers, Sammy and Frank.” pg.31

“Learning to know and truly understand my mother would become, for me, the work of a lifetime.” pg.33

“In our house it was understood that whatever occupation you chose was not important: You were.” pg.36

“I want him to know that money and position do not give him the right to violate another human being for any reason. And when a woman says no, she has a right to say no. And that means no!” pg.92

“Having grown up as I did, I could not tolerate racist comments and actions. I’d seen enough to know what people really meant, regardless of how they tried to disguise it. And, as always, actions speak louder than words. Blatant racism is obvious and stupid, but the evil of most racist actions and comments is in their veiled insidiousness." pg.161

Star Trek did not promise that people would magically become inherently “better,” but that they would progress, always reaching for their highest potential and noblest goals, even if it took centuries of taking two steps forward and one step back. Ideally, humankind would be guided in its quest by reason and justice. The ultimate futility of armed conflict, terrorism, dictatorial rule, prejudice, disregard for the environment, and exercising power for its own sake was demonstrated time and again. Even our most humorous episode, “The Trouble with Tribbles,” illustrated the risks of removing a species from its natural habitat.“ pg.199

"I believe that we all have the power to change our world. And I believe Star Trek offered viewers a valuable sense of mission. Man can change if he wants to, Gene believed.” pg.200

“What too many people don’t fully realize is how much we benefit from the space program without ever leaving the planet. We get a lot more out of the space program than just Tang and a collection of moon rocks. Every day we avail ourselves of space technology developments, from microwave ovens and the ubiquitous Velcro to cardiac pacemakers and fetal-monitoring instruments. The miniaturization of electronic components, the technology behind everything from watches to automobile-dashboard instruments, also enables weather satellites to forecast potentially devastating natural phenomena. Wind machines for generating electricity, solar panels for heating and cooling homes, precious oil and mineral deposits located from satellites like Landsat, life-saving protective uniforms for firemen, medical instrumentation of all kinds, Mylar and other plastics we take for granted - I could go on and on.” pg.218

“It’s never too early to nurture a child’s natural wonder and curiosity.” pg.231

“I encourage young people to believe in their dreams and to pursue them wholeheartedly. Children come to us ready to learn and eager to achieve. We owe it to them and to ourselves to feed their hunger for knowledge and to spur their sense of adventure, to stand behind them even as they venture to places we ourselves may never go, and if it means going where no being has gone before, all the better.

It’s not that difficult to spark the imaginations of young minds, to plant the seeds of their dreams. What is difficult is ensuring that our space program is consistently and adequately funded so those dreams can come true. The national space program should be reclassified as an entitlement program, and its fate - our children’s future in space - wrested from the hands of politicians, whose short-sighted, politically expedient budget cuts threaten its very existence. This is an obligation we must meet if our children are to continue on the journey humankind began with its first footstep.” pg.231-232

“For everything we do to make it otherwise, life is never a simple journey. We think we’re plotting a course from point A to point B, when in fact practically every step we take is a detour, a digression, a side trip.” pg.298

“I believe that, rather than moving in a circle and returning to the same starting point again and again, we travel the course of an infinite spiral akin to our basic physical structure - the helix of the DNA molecule. When we return to a starting point, we are at a different level, hopefully a higher one.” pg.313

Personally, I’d like to see more quotes from Nichelle Nichols out there. Ones that don’t focus on her lovely form, or her kisses with Kirk. Ones that show how smart, funny, kind and thoughtful she is.

PS: If anyone can find good quotes about her work with Women in Motion and her speech Space: What’s in it for me? please help, I’m fascinated by that part of her history and would love to learn more.

anonymous asked:

so;;;; u seem like the right person to ask abt this;;;; i am meeting space queen nichelle nichols in precisely eleven (11) days and i was wondering if u had any ideas for photo op poses?? my current thought is asking her to wear the tiara i'll be wearing as part of my cosplay that day but idk

lasjdfasjdflasjdflka omg????? omg???????? that is so amazing!!!! ahhhh how did you get so lucky??

but i’m afraid i’m totally not the right person to ask? ;_; i have never been to a con / met somebody famous so i really have no idea

but you idea sounds good! you could (should?) maybe tell her that you’d like for her to wear the tiara because she is the space queen? 

what / who are you cosplaying as btw?

anonymous asked:

Who's Nichelle Nichols???? And WHY is she in the Star Trek chair?

motherfucker you did not just ask me this question how dare you

respect the queen goddess of the Enterprise

Nichelle Nichols is the flawless beauty who portrayed Lt. Nyota Uhura in the original Star Trek series in the 1960s. she was a Black actress who stood up against ridiculous amounts of hate and prejudice to show us a world where prejudice has been eliminated

in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, she was Black on tv and portrayed a character who was nobody’s servant, who was a complete and equal person, treated the same way by the show as her white and/or male counterparts. the character was brilliant, intuitive, creative, funny, and talented, and on many occasions Captain Kirk, Spock, and other crew members deferred to her expertise and abilities to save the day, and she always came through because she’s flawless.

she also performed the first interracial kiss on television with William Shatner, just after interracial marriage first became legal.

she inspired the first African American woman in space to become an astronaut, and she inspired Whoopie Goldberg to become an actress. many Black women and other PoC have cited Uhura and Nichelle as their reasons for reaching their dreams.

Nichelle Nichols is an inspiration and a queen and there wouldn’t be a Star Trek chair worth having if it wasn’t for her

how dare you

you are unworthy of her

[pictured here: the flawless goddess-queen of the Enterprise and the known universe trying to decode a complicated communication as to how you could live your life unaware of this important and majestic woman]

Dorothy Dandridge was Black Hollywood’s greatest symbol. No Black woman in the history of films, not even Hattie McDaniel or Lena Horne, had garnered such attention. She proved that dignity, style, and class could be brought to mainstream movies by a Black performer in a serious role. Within Black America, there was a tremendous excitement and optimism about Dorothy. As actress Nichelle Nichols once said, she was quite simply OUR queen.