I Am Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek's "Uhura", first black woman on television in a non-stereotypical role, and recruiter for the first minorities in NASA. AMA!
Hello Reddit, I am Nichelle Nichols, "Uhura" in Star Trek (now "The Original Series"). I’ve been an actress and singer in many other productions as well! I played what Dr. Martin Luther King called, “the first non-stereotypical role portrayed by a black woman in television history." Due to my unexpected position as a role model on television for minorities in space, I was asked by NASA to help in a highly effective campaign to recruit minority and female personnel for the space agency. People I recruited include Sally Ride, the first woman in space, Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space, and Charles Bolden, the current NASA administrator.
(Her friend, Gil, is here actually writing up Nichelle's responses).
Today, I’m blessed to be able to spend so much time travelling the country (and the world!) at comic cons and Star Trek conventions. I’ve probably met many of you in my travels.
I’m doing something very exciting online. I’m one of the founding celebrities on a new website called StarPower, where stars raise funds for the causes we care about while building closer, long-lasting relationships with our fans. I’m giving away some of my original Star Trek memorabilia, tickets to upcoming events, and doing some exclusive one-on-ones with fans. I even started hosting my own mini-AMA before someone told me I should do it here! What sets StarPower apart from other sites is that it’s a monthly subscription rather than a flash-in-the pan. I know from working with non profits in the past that a constant, reliable revenue source is the dream compared to the booms and busts of traditional fundraising. I’m supporting the Technology Access Foundation and the Planetary Society.
I’m also involved in some new, exciting projects. In September, I’m traveling on a NASA SOFIA flight, a second generation Airborn Observatory, which I am honored to have been invited too. I’ll be streaming as much from that as I can on StarPower as well! So please, ask me anything! Star Trek, NASA, singing, gardening, StarPower, anything you like.
My Proof: http://i.imgur.com/Y0LYu3c.jpg
Edit: I've signed off for now, thank you so much for the fantastic questions. I'll answer some more later this afternoon if I can. Live long and prosper, with love. Yours truly, NN.