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bills1218 2/19/2010 9:35:16 AM

No Ahmed Best?????!?!?  TRAVESTY!!!!!

kellercyclist 2/19/2010 9:38:57 AM

What about the voice of Darth Vader himself, James Earl Jones... who also played Thulsa Doom in Conan the Barbarian and lent his vocal talents to many genre TV shows and films (e.g. Merlin, Stagate SG-1, Judge Dredd, Robots)

da82kid 2/19/2010 9:48:28 AM

"For years in this industry, whenever an African American character, hero or villain, was introduced - usually by *white* artists and writers - they got slapped with racist names that singled them out as Negroes. Now, my book, "White-Hatin' Coon," don't have none of that BS. The hero's name is Maleekwa, and he's a descendant from the black tribe that established the first society on the planet, while all you European motherlovers were still hiding in caves and ish, all terrified of the sun. He's a strong role model that a young black reader can look up to. 'Cause I'm here to tell you, the chickens is coming home to roost, y'all. The black man's no longer gonna play the minstrel in the medium of comics and sci-fi fantasy. We keepin' it real, and we gonna get respect by any means necessary"

Don't take it personally, dudes. When I saw this article, 'Chasing Amy' just popped in my head and yes I'm a Black dude.


killerville 2/19/2010 10:08:29 AM



What's a nubian?

karas1 2/19/2010 10:17:51 AM

fft, Uhura was a strong role model for a woman of any race.  Particurlarly compared to the white female regulars on the show.  Janice Rand and Christine Chapple spent all their time chasing after men who didn't want them.  It was pathetic.  I was much more interested in following the lead of a strong independant career woman than a weak sissy girl who didn't feel complete without being a girlfriend or wife.

I don't know if it makes a difference, but while Nichelle Nichols was African American, the character of Uhura was African African.

DaForce1 2/19/2010 10:22:15 AM

So...no Scatman Crothers? He was the voice of Hong Kong Phooey, he was on the original Kolchak series, he was in The Incredible Hulk, Twilight Zone the movie and The Shining.

Joe Morton. Brother from Another Planet. Terminator 2. Forever Young. The Astronaut's Wife. Smallville. Warehouse 13. Eureka.

Yaphet Kotto. Alien. The Running Man.

Issac Hayes. Escape From New York.

Keith David. The Thing. They Live. The Puppet Masters.

Billy Dee Williams. The Empire Strikes Back. Return of the Jedi.

Angela Bassett. Strange Days.

Julius Carry. The Last Dragon. The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.

And that's just off the top of my head. Maybe I missed Maya Angelou because she wrote a poem about stars or something since it seems your criteria for picking people were just as loose.

DarkXid 2/19/2010 12:08:04 PM

Title of the Article :10 Most Influential African Americans In Sci Fi. 

Why the hell is Richard Roundtree on the list, where did he influence "IN" Sci-Fi?  Nothing against the man personally but give he spot up to LeVar or James Earl. 

Michael Jackson?  What crack baby put this together?  Genre influence with Thriller?  Maybe, but defiently not number one, and he most definetly was NOT influential in Sci-Fi...  Do you want to count Captain Eo?  Because, that crap would set race relations back YEARS if you want to throw that one out there. 

Nichelle Nichols is number one!  African American & Pasty white guy kiss in a scripted television series.  Recognized, mostly because of a small amount of controversy. 

millean 2/19/2010 12:38:13 PM

I think Kurt put MJ as #1 simply to generate a bunch of comments, and you know what?  It worked.  But I'm not going to play that game.  Nope, not going to post a comment.... oops.


da82kid 2/19/2010 12:52:22 PM


"Shut the F up!"



asromatifoso 2/19/2010 1:52:58 PM

Long-time lurker.  Never posted but feel compelled to now.  To leave Samuel R. Delany off this list is awful.  The Einstein Intersection is one of the most important post WW2 sci-fi novels, imo.  Amazing imagery, use of language, and subtext, scads of subtext.

Additionally, I think Chiwetel Ejiofor's turn in Serenity puts him on this list ahead of Richard Roundtree and Michael Jackson.

Octavia Butler is a nice pick.

Anyway, love this site.  I always check out the movie and book reviews, and now that i"m registered, perhaps I will post more.

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