some kind of dog meeting
"Sometimes I feel there’s a monster inside of me, fighting to get out."
"And it frightens you?"
"Of course it does. My Klingon side can be… terrifying - even to me."
"It gives you strength. It’s a part of you."
"That doesn’t mean I have to like it."
Nichols felt the character of Uhura had been underappreciated [in Season 1]. In an article for the July 15, 1967 issue of TV Guide, entitled, ‘Let Me Off at the Next Planet,’ she complained, ‘My problem is being a black woman on top of being a woman.” Elsewhere in the article, she said, ‘The producers admit being very foolish and very lax in the way they’ve used me — or not used me.’
In her book, Beyond Uhura, Nichols told how she was denied respect. Case in point: she recalled discovering that someone in the Desilu mailroom had stopped the delivery of the bulk of her mail. Two workers from the department confided to the actress that most of her mail was being held back and told her, ‘Yours is the only fan mail that matches Shatner and Nimoy’s.’
'Days later I saw for myself the boxes and bags of mail from all over the country, from adults and children, all colours, all races,' wrote Nichols for her memoir. 'To say I was stunned does not even begin to convey how I felt. It was 'just' fan mail, but to those who had ensured that I worked without a contract, who seemed at every turn to remind me that I was dispensable, this was the ultimate humiliation.' (127-2).
From These are the Voyages - TOS Season 2 by Marc Cushman with Susan Osborn.
Cushman also cites an interview Nichols did where she argued NBC was partly responsible for her not having more to do, since they were afraid southern network affiliates would drop the show. Cushman then somewhat calls Nichols’ observations into question, saying, “It could be argued that Nichols was stereotyping NBC the same way she felt NBC was stereotyping her.”
He cites Herb Solow and Bob Justman’s book Inside Star Trek, in which Solow wrote that no one at NBC cared about Nichols’ race and stated: “NBC executives…were unanimous in their desire to feature and protect all minorities, including women.”
I don’t have any way of knowing what really happened in every back room at Desilu and NBC, but I’m inclined to believe that Nichols, as the only woman of colour involved, was more likely to notice and appreciate the meaning of microaggressions and other racial tension. Also worth noting Nichols has a reputation as someone who does not take airing dirty laundry lightly.
I definitely wish Solow hadn’t been given the last word on this.
Don’t let Nichelle Nichols’s badassery be forgotten.
As I’m walking through Target with my little sister, the kid somehow manages to convince me to take a trip down the doll aisle. I know the type - brands that preach diversity through displays of nine different variations of white and maybe a black girl if you’re lucky enough. What I instead found as soon as I turned into the aisle were these two boxes.
The girl on the left is Shola, an Afghani girl from Kabul with war-torn eyes. Her biography on the inside flap tells us that “her country has been at war since before she was born”, and all she has left of her family is her older sister. They’re part of a circus, the one source of light in their lives, and they read the Qur’an. She wears a hijab.
The girl on the right is Nahji, a ten-year-old Indian girl from Assam, where “young girls are forced to work and get married at a very early age”. Nahji is smart, admirable, extremely studious. She teaches her fellow girls to believe in themselves. In the left side of her nose, as tradition mandates, she has a piercing. On her right hand is a henna tattoo.
As a Pakistani girl growing up in post-9/11 America, this is so important to me. The closest thing we had to these back in my day were “customizable” American Girl dolls, who were very strictly white or black. My eyes are green, my hair was black, and my skin is brown, and I couldn’t find my reflection in any of those girls. Yet I settled, just like I settled for the terrorist jokes boys would throw at me, like I settled for the butchered pronunciations of names of mine and my friends’ countries. I settled for a white doll, who at least had my eyes if nothing else, and I named her Rabeea and loved her. But I still couldn’t completely connect to her.
My little sister, who had been the one to push me down the aisle in the first place, stopped to stare with me at the girls. And then the words, “Maybe they can be my American Girls,” slipped out of her mouth. This young girl, barely represented in today’s society, finally found a doll that looks like her, that wears the weird headscarf that her grandma does and still manages to look beautiful.
I turned the dolls’ boxes around and snapped a picture of the back of Nahji’s. There are more that I didn’t see in the store; a Belarusian, an Ethiopian, a Brazilian, a Laotian, a Native American, a Mexican. And more.
These are Hearts 4 Hearts dolls, and while they haven’t yet reached all parts of the world (I think they have yet to come out with an East Asian girl), they need all the support they can get so we can have a beautiful doll for every beautiful young girl, so we can give them what our generation never had.
Please don’t let this die. If you know a young girl, get her one. I know I’m buying Shola and Nahji for my little sister’s next birthday, because she needs a doll with beautiful brown skin like hers, a doll who wears a hijab like our older sister, a doll who wears real henna, not the blue shit white girls get at the beach.
The Hearts 4 Hearts girls are so important. Don’t overlook them. Don’t underestimate them. These can be the future if we let them.
You can read more about the dolls here: http://www.playmatestoys.com/brands/hearts-for-hearts-girls
i have no blood.
pure liquid star trek runs through my veins and gives me life.
Okay, I know we all have a tendency to side eye the “highly trained and qualified botanist Keiko O’Brien decides to become a school teacher” thing, and from an out of universe perspective it’s rather questionable.
But I love what it says about her character.
Think about her situation at the start of DS9. She’s just given up her position on the flagship so her husband can take a promotion that she fully believes he deserves, even though she’s not particularly happy about living on the station. There’s not much need for her specific skills where she is at the moment, and going off somewhere else to work would be counterproductive to trying to keep her family together.
But the moment she sees a need in her community, a need no one else had anticipated or even noticed, she automatically steps up and volunteers to fill it. She doesn’t go to Sisko and say “oh, this is a thing somebody should do”, she says “this should be done and I’m going to do it”. She takes on all the challenges and obstacles herself for something that isn’t even her primary passion just because it will help others. No one would have looked twice or blamed her if she had stopped when things go tough, but she fought tooth and nail to keep her school open because she truly believed in what she was doing.
(I also firmly believe that, if the school hadn’t eventually shut down, she would have found a replacement teacher and gone on to do her botany research anyway once the opportunity came up. The school was something that was needed, but her own role in running it was just a stopgap because no one else at the time was able or willing and it was better than doing nothing.)
tl;dr - Sisko may have had to bribe Quark into becoming a “community leader”, but he got Keiko O’Brien and her heart of gold and nerves of steel for free.
Dark Ages, Schmark Ages. The De-Textbook cuts through that and so much more fake-fact bullshit.
cloudy with a chance of witch burning
your periodic reminder that a good chunk of Europe basically shat the bed for a few centuries while everyone else kinda did their thing.
I am sorry I’m going to be that person.
This map is extremely inaccurate.
1) China was not going through business as usual China was going through the TANG DYNASTY i.e. the Golden Age of Chinese culture, which would lay down legal and social and poetic norms for the rest of Chinese history. The Tang is so influential that a lot of languages call Chinese people 唐人 (People from Tang.) (We call Chinese people “people from Qin” so.)
2) Japan is _first becoming literate_ during this time period (due to the influence of the Tang they adopt Chinese script), which is a BFD for poetry, religion, politics, society. Japanese court culture develops, which near the end of this period (11th century, around the time Europe enters “high middle ages”) will produce The Tale of Genji (by a totally awesome woman named Murasaki),widely regarded as the world’s first novel because of it’s deft use of irony and social commentary.
3) The southern part of Korea is experiencing the emergence of Unified Silla, a state that will last the entire period and will see the importation of Chinese and Indian buddhism, the construction of the first Confucian college in Korea, and so on.
4) In Mesoamerica, the Mayans are inventing astronomy, writing (the third and final independent invention of writing in human history), and a whole crapload of other stuff. This is the triumph of their culture.
5) The Umayyads in Spain are a massive center of technology, learning, and (comparative) religious toleration.
6) The Eastern Roman Empire, which spans both the green and yellow portions of your map, isn’t doing too badly either, bouncing back after losing territory to the Caliphate.
7) The Polynesians are colonizing the ENTIRE PACIFIC using amazing advanced navigation technology not rivaled until the INVENTION OF GPS.
8) I am not equipped to talk about Sub-Saharan Africa in detail (cue rant about how we never learn about subsaharan africa in the western educational system) but you can bet there are some major, amazing developments going on there too. I’d be shocked if there weren’t.
9) HOLY SHIT INDIA.
11) THEY WEREN’T BURNING WITCHES IN EUROPE DURING THE MIGRATION PERIOD (dark ages). Witch burning took off in the EARLY MODERN PERIOD, nearly 1000 years after this. Europe was going through some tough shit, which would leave them backwards compared to the rest of the world for 1000 years, but also there were some amazing things happening there, at least have the decency to be like “angry dudes with swords stabbing people” not WITCH BURNINGS FFS.
12) And ABSOLUTELY Islamic Caliphate was a totally amazing flowering of intellectual, artistic, and spiritual culture, a mixing pot between a thousand cultures and languages, and totally amazing. Don’t in any way want to diminish that in any way.
PLEASE ALWAYS BE THAT PERSON
i think this could be useful for the people who is not totally sure about spend their money in this movie, it has their good and bad points, but generally is a great movie, so please, let’s show them that “An Hispanic story” can be as good as any other one, or even better!.
This is perfect! I had no idea they wanted to do a trilogy
GO SEE IT GUYS! WE CAN DO THIS <3
reblog cus all the reasons here, the engish pop-songs were over the top but overall GREAT MOVIE
Susan as Death (under protest) and Binky, doing The Duty.* You can’t tell, but I did in fact look at the map of the Disc and she’s over Genua there.
*Or rather, on her way to do The Duty.
The Test Shot presents Irreverent Dance, an innovative, body positive and LGBT-friendly dance project based in London. Founded by Amanda Jones in 2012, Irreverent Dance has brought a range of dance styles to the lives of adults who “don’t know their bar from their barre”. The Test Shot spent a morning with Irreverent Dance, talking about gender roles in ballet and the ways in which the class seeks to subvert them. Irreverent Dance aims to create a space for people of all genders, ethnicities and body shapes to learn to dance without pressure from society’s expectations of how our bodies should be.
Thanks so much to the Test Shot for making this amazing videofeaturing reasons why our students love to dance with Irreverent Dance.
Our Kickstarter is nearly 20% funded - if you’re able to give a little, do!
Deanna Troi: Undercover
[Image: Four screencaps of Deanna undercover - posing as a Mintakan, impersonating a Tal Shiar officer, pretending not to be a Starfleet officer on Dessica II, and coordinating the launch of the Phoenix on 21st-century Earth.]
Deanna Troi Being Epic
[Image: Ten screencaps of Deanna Troi. Studying for the bridge officer exam, comforting Alexander, beating Data at chess, piloting the Enterprise during a battle, lying on a biobed next to Lwaxana, holding her hand, making her entrance as Durango, making a weird face while doing an impression, disguised as a Romulan, kissing Captain Picard on the cheek, sitting in the command chair.]
sci-fi episodes i want:
- ship’s computer crashes due to virus acquired during a porn download from a lower decks ensign
- firmware update was pushed out to the fleet, has vital error in the clock program that causes every computer to repeat 2300. translators have to explain to the…