Wednesday, February 7, 2018

#BlackHistoryToonz Day 7 WCW Double Feature Nichelle Nichols x Pam Grier

Today's #BlackHistoryToonz is a double feature of my #WCW's Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols and Foxy Brown herself Pam Grier.

#BlackHistoryToonz Day 7: Nichelle Nichols

"I was very blessed in always knowing what I wanted
to do, and by the grace of God I've been able to succeed in my chosen career."

Nichelle Nichols (born Grace Dell Nichols; December 28, 1932) is an American actresssinger and voice artist. She sang with Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton before turning to acting.

Her most famous role is in the popular Star Trek television series (1966–1969), as well as the succeeding motion pictures, where she played communications officer Lieutenant (later, Commander) Uhura aboard the USS Enterprise. Nichols' role was groundbreaking as one of the first African American female characters on American television not portrayed as a servant

After the cancellation of Star Trek, Nichols
volunteered her time in a special project with NASA to recruit minority and female personnel for the space agency. She began this work by making an affiliation between NASA and a company which she helped to run, Women in Motion.
The program was a success. Among those recruited were Dr. Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut, and United States Air Force Colonel Guion Bluford, the first African-American astronaut, as well as Dr. Judith
Resnik and Dr. Ronald McNair, who both flew successful missions during the Space Shuttle program before their deaths in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986. Recruits also included Charles Bolden, the current NASA administrator and veteran of four shuttle missions, Frederick D. Gregory, former deputy administrator and a veteran of three shuttle missions and Lori Garver, former deputy administrator.
An enthusiastic advocate of space exploration, Nichols has served since the mid-1980s on the board of governors of the National Space Society, a nonprofit, educational space advocacy organization founded by Dr. Wernher von Braun.
In late 2015 Nichols flew aboard NASA's Boeing 747SP, which analyzed the atmospheres of Mars and Saturnon an eight-hour, high-altitude mission. She was also a special guest at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, on July 17, 1976, to view the Viking 1 soft landing on Mars. Along with the other cast members from the original Star Trek series, she attended the christening of the first space shuttle, Enterprise, at the North American Rockwell assembly facility in Palmdale, California.
Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)
On July 14, 2010, she toured the space shuttle simulator and Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center.

#BlackHistoryToonz Day 7: Pam Grier

"Struggle and survival, losing and winning,
doesn't matter. It's entering the race that counts. You enter, you can win, you can lose .... but it's all about entering the race."

Pamela Suzette Grier (born May 26, 1949) is an American actress. She became known in the early 1970s for starring in a string of women in prison and blaxploitation films like The Big Bird
Cage (1972), Coffy (1973), Foxy Brown (1974) and Sheba, Baby (1975). She starred in Quentin Tarantino's film Jackie Brown, for which she received a Golden Globenomination for Best Actress. She has also been nominated for a SAG Award as well as a Satellite Award for her performance in Jackie Brown. Grier is also known for her work on television; for six seasons she portrayed Kate 'Kit' Porter on the television series The L Word. She
received an 
Emmy Award nomination for her work in the animated program Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every ChildRotten Tomatoes has ranked her as the second greatest female action heroine in film history. Director Quentin Tarantino remarked that she may have been cinema's first female action star.

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