"Star Trek" Star Gets its First Black Woman Lead

Sonequa Martin-Green is making history as the first Black woman lead on a “Star Trek” series. In case you missed it, she discussed her ground breaking role in this month’sEssenceand how it’s inspired young girls to embrace science and technology. “It’s kind of surreal,” Alabama native shared, “Parents tell me their girls are interested in math, science and technology after watching the show. It makes me want to work harder. It makes me more grateful.” 


Mrs. Green said the vision of the show was to “humanize ‘Star Trek’in a way we hadn’t seen before.” She explained, “We need to see Black people and other people of color and women be human and be broken and be vulnerable. I think that’s a big part of how we move forward.” 

The leading lady also hopes her history-making role will help others become familiar with Black women in power, including her own son. “I thank God for this role because it is something I can point to and say, ‘Hey, look at this. It’s Mommy, but it’s also a Black woman saving the world and being a genius.”

Source: Essence

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