Many people use the term Trailblazer. Ironically, to mourn the passing of actress Nichelle Nichols. A celebrity who died on Saturday, aged 89.
Nichols broke down barriers for Black woman in Hollywood by playing the communications officer Lieutenant. Uhura on the original “Star Trek” TV show. On top of this, opened the door. Hence, not only for the future actors. Especially on the television screen. Hence, these are brilliant actors. Who are of colour. However, also the astronauts.
A BELOVED ACTOR IS NO MORE:
A flood of tributes from fellow actors came onto social media this Sunday. George Takei said that she was truly a beloved “Start Trek” co-actor. Therefore, he would be back. Obviously, with more news ahead. That is, sooner rather later. However, the weight of his soul is heavy. Celia Rose Gooding, who portrays Uhura in the currently running “Star Trek” said, “She made room for all viewers.”
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Nichelle. She was a beautiful woman & played an admirable character that did so much for redefining social issues both here in the US & throughout the world. I will certainly miss her. Sending my love and condolences to her family. Bill
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) July 31, 2022
TRULY A REMARKABLE WOMEN:
A remarkable woman in a remarkable role. Nichelle, you will be deeply missed. Sending much love and respect. pic.twitter.com/ZRnMblXx0Z
— JJ Abrams (@jjabrams) July 31, 2022
We lived long and prospered together. pic.twitter.com/MgLjOeZ98X
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 31, 2022
SHE WAS A TRAILBLAZER:
Nichelle Nichols was The First. She was a trailblazer who navigated a very challenging trail with grit & grace. Furthermore, a gorgeous fire we are not likely to see again.
— Kate Mulgrew (@TheKateMulgrew) July 31, 2022
Many actors become stars, but few stars can move a nation. Nichelle Nichols showed us the extraordinary power. ESPECIALLY of A Black women. aLSO, paved the way for a better future for all women in media. Thank you, Nichelle. We will miss you. pic.twitter.com/KhUf4YM6pX
— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) July 31, 2022
One of my most treasured photos – Godspeed to Nichelle Nichols, champion, warrior and tremendous actor. Her kindness and bravery lit the path for many. May she forever dwell among the stars. #RIPNichelle #Uhura pic.twitter.com/nFXHif8HEC
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) July 31, 2022
Nichelle Nichols told us that we belonged in outer space. We are limitless. The heavens have gained an Uhura today.
— Colman Domingo (@colmandomingo) July 31, 2022
My love for the original Star Trek is profound. Nichelle Nichols was a ground-breaker and a glorious ambassador for her show, her role and science all her life. And a truly lovely person. May she have a wonderful adventure to the final frontier.#ripnichellenichols
— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) July 31, 2022
Nichelle was a singular inspiration. She’s the one who really opened my eyes to what Star Trek is and can be. I can’t tell you how many people have told me she’s the reason they became… an astronaut, a scientist, a writer, a linguist, an engineer… it goes on and on. 1/2
— Alex Kurtzman (@Alex_Kurtzman) July 31, 2022