February Speaker: Nichelle Nichols

Dear BJASC Members and Supporters,

Please join us this Saturday, February 21st, for the next chapter meeting of the Black Journalists Association of Southern California.

Actress and singer Nichelle Nichols will be our speaker.


About Nichelle Nichols:

When Nichelle Nichols was cast by Gene Roddenberry to create Chief Communications Officer Lt. Uhura, fourth in command of the Starship Enterprise, in his legendary TV series Star Trek — in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — it became “The first non-stereotypical role portrayed by a black woman in television history.” Nichelle subsequently co-starred in six blockbuster Star Trek motion pictures and is still in constant demand to appear before millions of “Trekkers” who keep the dream alive around the world.

Among her many notable TV and film credits, she co-starred with Cuba Gooding Jr. and James Coburn in the Disney motion picture Snow Dogs, with Ron Perlman and Daniel Riordan in the TV film Captain Zoom in Outer Space, and with Maxwell Caulfield and Levar Burton  in the Sandy Howard film The Supernaturals, as well as singing and dancing with Sammy Davis Jr. in Porgy and Bess.

Nichelle’s recent work in several independent features has allowed her to portray other challenging and varied characters. Among them, This Bitter Earth with Billy Dee Williams and Richard Roundtree, Tru Loved, a Tony Brown/Stewart Wade production co-starring Jasmine Guy, The Torturer, a powerful three-character film/play that examines the psychological effect of our presence in Iraq, and Lady Magdalene’s, written and directed by J. Neil Schulman and Executive Produced by Nichelle. Lady Magdalene’s also showcases Nichelle’s talent as a singer and songwriter with two of her original compositions being used in the film.

Nichelle was awarded her much deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 9, 1992. Just a few weeks before, she became the first African-American to place her handprints and signature in the cement walk at the famous Mann’s (Grauman’s) Chinese Theatre along with her other command crew members of the Starship Enterprise who were also honored in a special exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C., an unprecedented accolade for the entertainment industry.

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