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May 2, 2008

My Top 5 Sci-Fi Icons of All-Time

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Top 5 Black Sci-Fi Icons of All-Time


#5

Levar Burton as Geordi La Forge

Harmonica Man

Harmonica Man

Granted, Geordi’s “The Chief Geek”  on the Enterprise, but you’d think ole’ harmonica head could get a little action now and then. Even Data got it on with Natasha Yar. The only sniff  Kunta ever partook was of a hologram (classic Black Male castration). I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Worf being pwned by Riker time and time again. (see Deanna Troi)

Additionally in the series, Geordi often played straight man alongside the overacting Brent “Data” Spiner. Levar is used to playing second chair to lifeless, animatronic, scene stealers as witnessed in this clip with Kermit The Frog.

#4

Nichelle Nichols as Lieutenant Uhura

Black Mama

I’d Hit That… Twice

SMH… Lieutenant Uhura. Let me first say… yummmm. She was the one of the only reasons most of us stayed up late nights to watch Star Trek reruns 😉 . Uhura didn’t do much of anything, except talk a little gibberish and hold her finger to her ear alot, but she was something to behold. Plus, she had excellent range. Check out female madam Ms. Nichols in the “classic” 1974 film Truck Turner.

#3

Billy Dee as Lando Calrissian

Count Blackula

George Lucas was casting for a sci-fi pimp

Known mostly for shanking Han Solo in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and helping rescue slave girl Leia from Jabba in Return of the Jedi. Williams also played Harvey Dent in the original Batman film.  However, little credit is given to his skill as an ad man, pitching Colt 45 malt liquor back in late 80s. Billy Dee doesn’t get his props for personally wrecking the livers of Black Men the world over.

#2

James Earl Jones as Darth Vader

Damn It Feels Good To Be a Gangster

Damn it Feels Good To Be a Gangsta

What was Lucas thinking? Granted, Luke Skyywalker was a white dude, but when Vader was unmasked, after a thorough smackdown handed out by young Luke, I know I for one was not expecting to see Archie Bunker under that mask. The truth is James Earl Jones, otherwise known as the voice of God, was dat dude. Jones was dat dude behind the scratchy, deep, intimidating voice.

I wanted to see a bitter, menacing old black man underneath that mask who’s first words would be Eff U. I wanted to see the kind of raw dude that would choke a brotha out for questioning him like Vader was known to do if crossed. Instead we get some old smiling guy whose name was probably Larry or went by Poppy to his grandkids. I nearly cried that day. I’m sure you did too.

#1

William Shatner as James Tiberius Kirk

Banged Your Mom

And I got the rash to prove it

No sci-fi actor had more swagger than William Shatner as James Tiberius Kirk. Not only did Kirk bag green alien women (there’s book about it) and ole girl Uhura, Kirk lied, cheated on exams, was a dead beat dad and broke all the rules. He was the ultimate hustler.

Honorable Mention

Will Smith as Sean Coonery

Sean Coonery

That’s how we all dressed in the 90s

Smith is the ultimate coonbred. If you need a loud, wisecracking, castrated Black male to act in your blockbuster summer movie, Will is dat man. I actually like his movies. Plus dude can sorta rap.

Will’s catalog includes so of the top grossing sci-fi films ever produced. I can watch him in Independance Day, the first Men in Black flick, and even I, Robot. He’s toned it down in films like Ali and I am Legend , however. So I applaud you Fresh Prince.

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