[Image: Whoopi Goldberg, in costume as Guinan from Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Nichelle Nichols, standing close and smiling, possibly on set of the show. They look very happy.]
Needed something to make me smile today. I love this picture, I’ll have to hunt down the print because it appears to be an official promotional pic from the copyright stuff at the bottom.
I’ve read a few interviews with Whoopi when she talked about how important it was to see Uhura on her TV every week as a child, which is why she loved Star Trek and wanted to be on TNG. That combined with knowing that Nichelle stayed on the show because Martin Luther King Jr. told her that her role was important (even if it wasn’t so great acting-wise) for exactly the reason Whoopi cited makes this picture even more poignant and wonderful.
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