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Nichelle Nichols, a groundbreaking Black actress who played communications officer Nyota Uhura with cool authority on the popular 1960s series “Star Trek,” has died at 89.
Her son, Kyle Johnson, announced the death on the official uhura.com website, saying,
Nichelle rose to fame when she was cast for 1966’s ‘Star Trek’ as its ship’s communications officer.
It was one of the first major roles for a black woman in a US television series and among the first portrayals of a black woman in a military-style command role in any format.