Top 5 Black Sci-Fi Icons of All-Time
Levar Burton as Geordi La Forge
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.
Nichelle Nichols as Lieutenant Uhura
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.
Billy Dee as Lando Calrissian
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.
James Earl Jones as Darth Vader
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.
William Shatner as James Tiberius Kirk
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.
Will Smith as 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.