"Well, when I was nine years old, Star Trek came on, I looked at it and I went screaming through the house, 'Come here, mum, everybody, come quick, come quick, there's a black lady on television and she ain't no maid!' I knew right then and there I could be anything I wanted to be.”
— Whoopi Goldberg
What i love most about this story is that when Whoopi went on to be really big in film, she asked to star in the TV series. They’ve never had a big film star so they thought she was joking:
Goldberg got the role after she expressed interest to the producers, being a fan of the original series - mostly due to Nichelle Nichols, one of the first black women to be regularly featured in an American television series.
When Goldberg learned that her friend LeVar Burton got a role on the new Star Trek series, she asked him to tell Gene Roddenberry that she wanted to be on the show too, but the producers thought she was joking and did not take the request seriously. The following year, Goldberg took it upon herself to contact Roddenberry directly. (Trek: The Next Generation Crew Book) According to Roddenberry, Goldberg called him up and said “I am a Star Trek fan, I was a Star Trek fan long before I was ever Whoopi Goldberg and I’m wondering if there’s some part I can play in your show?" (The Star Trek Saga: From One Generation To The Next) According to Maurice Hurley, Roddenberry and Hurley thought this was a joke of Goldberg and asked her if she would really work on The Next Generation and Goldberg replied “I am successful now and I can do what I like!”
And so it was done :)
I promise I’m NOT THAT BLOG but for the people who reblogged my thingy that Neil Gaiman reblogged and the people who messaged me (I promptly ignored) saying things like “it doesn’t matter if she’s black” trust me it fuckin matters. And I’d like to also add that “well I don’t see race” is bullshit and just lmgtfy then you just pick which link to explain your absolute ridiculousness…
Alright back to fandom and aprilness