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Uhura

Uhura on the Enterprise
Species Human
Gender Female
Home planet Earth
Affiliation Starfleet
Posting USS Enterprise chief communications officer
Starfleet Command
USS Enterprise-A chief communications officer
Starfleet Academy
Rank Lieutenant
Lieutenant commander
Commander
Portrayed by Nichelle Nichols, Zoë Saldaña
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Uhura, played by Nichelle Nichols, is a character in Star Trek: The Original Series and the first six Star Trek films. She is significant as one of the first major black characters on an American television series and one of the few who were not maids or similar characters. In the 2009 film, she will be portrayed by actress Zoë Saldaña. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2240x2815, 387 KB) Source: [1] Reference Numbers Center: HQ Center Number: 77-H-152 GRIN DataBase Number: GPN-2004-00017 Source Information Creator/Photographer: NASA Original Source: DIGITAL Date 03/24/1977 Nichols was always interested in space travel. ... For other uses, see Species (disambiguation). ... This article is about modern humans. ... Gender in common usage refers to the sexual distinction between male and female. ... For other uses, see Female (disambiguation). ... This article is about Earth as a planet. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... A comparison of the Enterprise with other ships and buildings (see image description for more detail) The USS Enterprise, (NCC-1701) is a fictional starship in the television series Star Trek, which chronicles the vessels mission to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations... Starfleet Command In the fictional world of Star Trek, Starfleet Command is the headquarters of Starfleet, the directorate of exploration and defense for the United Federation of Planets. ... The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) (or Enterprise-A), commissioned in 2286, is a Constitution class starship in the Star Trek fictional universe. ... Lieutenant is a commissioned rank of the Starfleet in the fictional universe of Star Trek. ... Lieutenant Commander is a commissioned rank of the Starfleet in the fictional universe of Star Trek. ... Commander is a commissioned Starfleet officer rank in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... Nichelle Nichols (born Grace Nichols on December 28, 1932) is an American singer, actress, and voice actress. ... Zoë Saldaña (born Zoë Yadira Zaldaña Nazario on June 19, 1978) is a Dominican-American actress. ... Nichelle Nichols (born Grace Nichols on December 28, 1932) is an American singer, actress, and voice actress. ... The starship Enterprise as it appeared on Star Trek Star Trek is a culturally significant science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry in the 1960s. ... Though most indigenous Africans possess relatively dark skin, they exhibit much variation in physical appearance. ... This article is about the 2008 film. ... Zoë Saldaña (born Zoë Yadira Zaldaña Nazario on June 19, 1978) is a Dominican-American actress. ...


Uhura serves as the communications officer on the USS Enterprise and the USS Enterprise-A. A comparison of the Enterprise with other ships and buildings (see image description for more detail) The USS Enterprise, (NCC-1701) is a fictional starship in the television series Star Trek, which chronicles the vessels mission to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations... The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) (or Enterprise-A), commissioned in 2286, is a Constitution class starship in the Star Trek fictional universe. ...

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Overview

Uhura is from the United States of Africa and speaks Swahili (Star Trek episode: "The Man Trap"). James Blish's non-canon novels identifies her as Bantu, as does Gene Roddenberry's novelization of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. This article is about the language. ... The Man Trap is a first season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. ... James Benjamin Blish (East Orange, New Jersey, May 23, 1921 – Henley-on-Thames, July 30, 1975) was an American author of fantasy and science fiction. ... The Star Trek canon consists of the television series Star Trek (the original series), Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, and the ten motion pictures based upon the series. ... Map showing the approximate distribution of Bantu (light brown) vs. ... Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Paramount Pictures, 1979; see also 1979 in film) is the first feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series and is released on Friday, December 7. ...


Uhura first appears in the episode "The Corbomite Maneuver". She joins the crew of the USS Enterprise in 2266 as a lieutenant, serving as chief communications officer under Captain James T. Kirk. Inexplicably, she is replaced by Lieutenant Lisa in the communications officer chair in the final episode, Turnabout Intruder. [1] The Corbomite Maneuver is a first season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, first aired November 10, 1966, and repeated May 11, 1967. ... A comparison of the Enterprise with other ships and buildings (see image description for more detail) The USS Enterprise, (NCC-1701) is a fictional starship in the television series Star Trek, which chronicles the vessels mission to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations... Captain is a commissioned rank of the Starfleet in the fictional universe of Star Trek. ... James Kirk redirects here. ... Turnabout Intruder is a third season, as well as the final first-run episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. ...


Uhura continues to serve her post, with a promotion to lieutenant commander in 2271, under the command of Captain Willard Decker (Star Trek: The Motion Picture). Lieutenant Commander is a commissioned rank of the Starfleet in the fictional universe of Star Trek. ... In the Star Trek universe, Willard Decker (played by Stephen Collins) was briefly captain of the USS Enterprise after its refit in 2270. ... Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Paramount Pictures, 1979; see also 1979 in film) is the first feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series and is released on Friday, December 7. ...


She later fulfills this role again, promoted to full commander, when circumstances place the crew in pursuit of Khan Noonien Singh in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Commander is a commissioned Starfleet officer rank in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... Khan Noonien Singh is a villain in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Paramount Pictures, 1982; see also 1982 in film) is the second feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ...


However, in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Uhura takes an assignment at the transporter room at Old City Station. When her lone colleague there begins to condescendingly wonder why Uhura would take such a dull assignment at "the hind-end of space", her true motives for doing so are revealed. After locking her colleague in a closet, Uhura uses the transporter station to beam Kirk, Leonard McCoy and Hikaru Sulu to the Enterprise so that they can steal the ship and recover Spock from the Genesis Planet. As planned, Uhura later meets up with her crewmates on Vulcan and witnesses Spock's successful renewal. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (Paramount Pictures, 1984; see also 1984 in film) is the third feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ... USS Enterprise-Ds transporter A transporter is a fictional teleportation machine used in the Star Trek universe. ... Dr. Leonard H. McCoy (nicknamed Bones), played by DeForest Kelley, is a character in the original Star Trek series, and the first six Star Trek films. ... Hikaru Sulu, played by George Takei, is a character in the original Star Trek series, the first six Star Trek films and one episode of Star Trek: Voyager. ... This article is about the Star Trek character. ... This article or section should include material from Project Genesis, eliminating duplication and integrating references. ...


Following these events and the destruction of the USS Enterprise, Uhura joins her crewmates on a stolen Klingon ship, intending to return home and face their punishment. However, a crisis affecting Earth leads Uhura and her crewmates into saving their home planet by traveling back in time to the 20th century. They determine that they must locate, capture, and deliver humpback whales to the 23rd century in order to re-populate the species (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home). During their trip to 20th century San Francisco, Uhura and Pavel Chekov succeed in their mission to infiltrate the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, then use the carrier's nuclear reactor to recharge their Klingon vessel's power supply. Once this task is complete, and Kirk and Spock procure the whales, the crew returns to the 23rd century and saves Earth. This article is about the fictional race. ... Although nearly all fictional work features the Earth, this page describes its fictional place in the Universe. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999 in the... Binomial name Borowski, 1781 Humpback Whale range The Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a baleen whale. ... Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (Paramount Pictures, 1986; see also 1986 in film) is the fourth feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ... Pavel Andreievich Chekov, Cyrillic: Павел Андрейевич Чеков), played by Walter Koenig, is a Russian Starfleet officer in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... Four aircraft carriers, (bottom-to-top) Principe de Asturias, amphibious assault carrier USS Wasp, USS Forrestal and light V/STOL carrier HMS Invincible, showing size differences of late 20th century carriers An aircraft carrier is a warship designed to deploy and in most cases recover aircraft, acting as a sea... Enterprise Logo The supercarrier, USS Enterprise (CVN-65), formerly CVA(N)-65, is the worlds first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the eighth U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name. ...


In light of their heroics, Starfleet Command exonerates Uhura and the rest of Kirk's crew for their illegal activities. Kirk is demoted to the rank of captain, however, but is assigned to command the USS Enterprise-A. Uhura joins Kirk's crew, and once again continues to serve as chief communications officer throughout the events of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) (or Enterprise-A), commissioned in 2286, is a Constitution class starship in the Star Trek fictional universe. ... Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (Paramount Pictures, 1989; see also 1989 in film) is the fifth feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ... Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Paramount Pictures, 1991; see also 1991 in film) is the sixth feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ...


Name

"Uhura" comes from the Swahili word uhuru, which means "freedom". Nichols states in her book "Beyond Uhura" that the name was inspired by the fact that she had with her a copy of the book "Black Uhuru" on the day she read for the part. This article is about the language. ...


Uhura's first name, if she has one, has never been definitively established. However, three names have been suggested as possible first names for Uhura: "(U)Penda", "Nyota" and "Samara".


Although the name has not appeared in the Star Trek canon, in many appearances at Star Trek conventions, Nichols has indicated that the character is "Nyota (U)penda Uhura".[[2]] The non-canon book "The Best of Trek" suggests that Uhura's first name is "Penda", coined when a group of fanzine authors suggested it to her at an early convention. When writing the licensed tie-in, "Star Trek II Biographies" for Pocket Books, author William Rotsler contacted Nichelle Nichols and sought her approval for using the name "Nyota", and this name started appearing in original Star Trek novels, such as "Uhura's Song" by Janet Kagan. That "Nyota" is the Swahili word for "star" is mentioned by William Shatner in his book, "Star Trek Memories". Startrek.com uses the name Nyota on their character biography page for the Animated Series but not on the TOS biography page. According to FASA's Star Trek RPG, Uhura's first name is "Samara" The Star Trek canon is usually defined as comprising the television series Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, and the ten motion pictures, and excluding everything else. ... A fanzine (see also: zine) is a nonprofessional publication produced by fans of a particular cultural phenomenon (such as a literary or musical genre) for the pleasure of others who share their interest. ... William Bill Rotsler (July 3, 1926 - October 8, 1997) was an American author of several science fiction novels and short stories; television and film novelizations; and a number of non-fiction works on a variety of topics, ranging from Star Trek to pornography. ... Janet Kagan is an author of two science fiction novels and numerous science fiction and fantasy short stories. ... William Alan Shatner (born on March 22, 1931) is a Canadian actor who gained fame for playing James Tiberius Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the television show Star Trek from 1966 to 1969 and in seven of the subsequent movies. ... This article is about the role-playing game company. ... Star Trek: The Role Playing Game is, as the name indicates, a role-playing game set in the fictional Star Trek universe published and edited by FASA Corporation from 1982 to 1989. ...


Impact

Nichelle Nichols planned to leave Star Trek in 1967, after its first season, but Martin Luther King, Jr. persuaded her to stay, stating that she was a role model for the black community.[3] Whoopi Goldberg, who later played Guinan on Star Trek: The Next Generation, identified the Uhura character as a role model for her.[3] Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Martin Luther King redirects here. ... Whoopi Goldberg (born November 13, 1955) is an American actress, comedian, radio presenter, host, and author. ... Guinan, played by Whoopi Goldberg, is a recurring character on Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... The title as it appeared in most episodes opening credits. ...


In "Plato's Stepchildren", Uhura is involved in an early TV portrayal of an interracial kiss. This is frequently misremembered as "first televised portrayal of an interracial kiss on United States television" even though it took place after Sammy Davis, Jr. and Nancy Sinatra had openly kissed on the variety program Movin' With Nancy in December 1967. Platos Stepchildren is a third season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, first broadcast November 22, 1968. ... This article is about the entertainer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Uhura/Nichelle Nichols is spoofed as Tawny Madison/Gwen Di Marco in Galaxy Quest. Leicester City manager Ian Holloway has also paid homage to the character, stating "I had a massive crush on her when I was little - I think we all did. She was built to last!"[4] Galaxy Quest is a 1999 comedy film written by Robert Gordon and David Howard and directed by Dean Parisot, starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell and Tony Shalhoub. ... Leicester City Football Club, (also known as The Foxes) is an English professional football club based in the city of Leicester. ... Ian Scott Holloway (born 12 March 1963 in Kingswood, Bristol) is an English former professional football midfielder. ...


References

Star Trek Portal
  1. ^ http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Barbara_Baldavin
  2. ^ Shoreleave 29,June 14 2007, during Nichols Q and A session
  3. ^ a b Beck, Donald R. (Director). (1991). Star Trek: 25th Anniversary Special.
  4. ^ Ian Holloway column

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