10 Most Influential African Americans In Sci Fi Comments - Mania.com


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FerretJohn 2/19/2010 12:44:40 AM

Jackson at #1???  C'mon!!!  Granted, Thriller was a ground-breaking and record-setting video, but its impact in the sci-fi genre is tenuous at best.  And what sci-fi film did Richard Roundtree participate in?  Shaft may have been a baaad man but he used a .38, not a phaser.  Kurt, your articles concept may have been good but you really should've done better research.

raa2001 2/19/2010 2:24:29 AM

 Hey big props to Mania for posting this in honor of Black History Month.  Thank you...

ThemanG01 2/19/2010 3:43:31 AM

Nothing like the continuing promotion of racism by using race-based lists.  Good job, Mania.

karas1 2/19/2010 4:08:11 AM

Yeah, Nichelle Nichols was important.  Uhura inspired me as a woman (a white woman, but hey).  She was  strong, competent and versitile.  She was at home in her position on the bridge, under her console fixing things or on a landing party firing her phaser.  Nobody messed with Uhura, particurlarly the mirror version who wore a knife and knew how to use it.  And unlike the other female characters on the ST:TOS, she wasn't obsessed with attracting some man.  She was confident in her own identity without being part of a pair.

Then along came the new version of ST and suddenly Uhura is a whining spoiled twit hanging off Spock's arm and distracting him when he should be concentrating of taking care of business.  A big step backwards for women's lib.

Kara S

skyn3t 2/19/2010 4:11:23 AM

I'm not sure if anyone knows Octavia Butler, I sure don't. So I say drop her from this list and put in Levar Burton. He was better known than Michael Dorn back in the day and he starred in several high profile shows: Star Trek TNG, Reading Rainbow, and Roots.

Either that, or drop Richard Roundtree, as Shaft WAS NOT Sci-fi.

DaylightMoon 2/19/2010 4:14:15 AM

Great list, though I'm not sure I'd put Michael Jackson as #1 either.

Talking about race is not the same as racism which is assigning an inferior status based on race. One thing that is frustrating about the whole politically correct thing is that it makes it impossible to talk frankly about the realities, both good and bad, or race relations in America. It also gives cover to the real racists out there because all they have to do is learn not say n***** in public and everything is okay. As a British reporter once wryly observed, America is a country with racial problems in which nobody now is a racist.

All of this makes the contributions of those on this list that much greater, because not only are they crossing boundaries, they're keeping the discussion alive. Plus, lets face it, guys like Will Smith and Samuel L. Jackson make all us sci-fi nerds look that much cooler:)

Dazzler 2/19/2010 4:41:29 AM

Weslie Snipes was on his way to this list at one point.  He should have handled Blade better and do that Black Panther movie. 

DaylightMoon 2/19/2010 5:40:37 AM

I think including Richard Roundtree is apropriate. Even though his work wasn't really sci-fi, he was the first black action hero to make an impact, and that opened doors that directly crossover into the genre.

Wiseguy 2/19/2010 5:54:05 AM

Will Smith should be #1 followed by Vin Diesel and Sam Jackson then you can add Nichols and go from there

Damn I forgot, you gotta have Fishburne for his turn in The Matrix alone and Denzel too for Deja Vu, Book of Eli, Fallen, Virtuosity and Malcolm X oh wait I confused that last with Weapon X

EagleManiac 2/19/2010 6:11:57 AM

I have to echo the sentiments about Michael Jackson! MJ?? Really? Pleeeeease. He was a freak, and died a freak. He belittles this list being on it. Will Smith, Fishburne, and Denzel are FAR more influential in Sci-Fi than dumb-ass MJ! Bad #1 pick on this list!

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