Nichelle Nichols
American actress
Nichelle Nichols
Nichelle Nichols is an American actress, singer and voice artist. She sang with Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton before turning to acting. Her most famous role is that of communications officer Lieutenant Uhura aboard the USS Enterprise in the popular Star Trek television series, as well as the succeeding motion pictures, where her character was eventually promoted in Starfleet to the rank of commander.
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U.N. council fails to impose arms embargo on South Sudan
Yahoo News - about 2 months
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council failed on Friday to adopt a U.S.-drafted resolution to impose an arms embargo and further sanctions on South Sudan despite warnings by U.N. officials of a possible genocide in the world's newest state. A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by the United States, France, Russia, Britain or China to be adopted. The United States could not even win over its ally Japan, which last month deployed troops to a U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.
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U.N. Security Council lifts North Korea sanctions on five ships
Yahoo News - 2 months
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council said on Saturday it had lifted sanctions on five ships that were blacklisted in March for ties to North Korea's arms trade. The ships were among 31 vessels sanctioned by the 15-member council on March 2 because they were linked to Ocean Maritime Management (OMM), a North Korean shipping firm known to transport arms and other illicit goods for the secretive state. The 15-member Security Council sanctions committee for North Korea decided the five vessels "are not economic resources controlled or operated by Ocean Maritime Management Company, Limited and therefore not subject to the asset freeze." The ships removed from the blacklist are Dawnlight, Every Bright, Gold Star 3, Orion Star and South Hill 5.
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U.N. Security Council to vote Wednesday on North Korea sanctions: diplomats
Yahoo News - 3 months
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council is set to vote on Wednesday to impose new sanctions on North Korea for its fifth and largest nuclear test, slashing Pyongyang's export earnings by some $800 million, diplomats said on Monday. Diplomats said the council's five veto-wielding powers - the United States, China, Britain, Russia and France - had agreed to new measures, seen by Reuters on Friday, that largely target the hermit Asian state's coal export earnings. "We didn't get everything we wanted," said a U.S. official familiar with the draft resolution, though he added the proposed new sanctions were "pretty good." North Korea has been under U.N. sanctions since 2006 over its nuclear and missile tests.
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African states bid to stop work of U.N. gay rights investigator
Yahoo News - 4 months
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - African states launched a bid at the United Nations on Friday to halt the work of the first U.N. independent investigator appointed to help protect gay and transgender people worldwide from violence and discrimination. The 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council, based in Geneva, created the position in June and in September appointed Vitit Muntarbhorn of Thailand, who has a three-year mandate to investigate abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. In an unusual move, African states circulated a draft resolution on Friday in the 193-member U.N. General Assembly third committee, which deals with human rights, calling for consultations on the legality of the creation of the mandate.
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U.S. abstains for first time on U.N. call for end to Cuba embargo
Yahoo News - 4 months
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday abstained for the first time from a United Nations General Assembly vote on a resolution calling for an end to a U.S. economic embargo on Cuba, after opposing such measures every year for 24 years. For the 25th time, the 193-member General Assembly adopted the resolution with 191 votes in favor. Communist-run Cuba and the United States, former Cold War foes, began normalizing relations in 2014.
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Inquiry finds Syrian government forces responsible for third gas attack
Yahoo News - 4 months
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - An international inquiry found Syrian government forces responsible for a third toxic gas attack, according to a confidential report submitted to the U.N. Security Council on Friday, setting the stage for a showdown between Russia and western council members over how to respond. The fourth report from the 13-month-long inquiry by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the global chemical weapons watchdog, blamed Syrian government forces for a toxic gas attack in Qmenas in Idlib governorate on March 16, 2015, according to a text of the report seen by Reuters. The third report by the inquiry in August blamed the Syrian government for two chlorine attacks - in Talmenes on April 21, 2014 and Sarmin on March 16, 2015 - and said Islamic State militants had used sulfur mustard gas.
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Exclusive: U.N. memo casts doubt on some Central African sex abuse accusations
Yahoo News - 4 months
By Tim Cocks, Michelle Nichols and Marine Pennetier DAKAR/UNITED NATIONS/PARIS (Reuters) - A draft United Nations memo seen by Reuters suggests that dozens allegations of sexual abuse against U.N. peacekeepers in Central African Republic have been fabricated by people seeking financial payoffs. In December an independent review panel criticized the United Nations for mishandling allegations of child sexual abuse by international peacekeepers, who were not under U.N. command, in Central African Republic. The 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force there, known as MINUSCA, has been dogged by allegations of sexual abuse since its deployment in April 2014 to curb fighting between the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels and the anti-balaka Christian militias.
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Russia's Lavrov says wrong to use North Korea to militarize NE Asia
Yahoo News - 5 months
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday it was wrong of the United States to use the threat of an attack by North Korea to deploy a THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea. "It is inadmissible to use this situation as a pretext for massive militarization of northeast Asia and deployment of another position area for U.S. global missile defense there," Lavrov told the United Nations General Assembly. (Reporting by Michelle Nichols and Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Toni Reinhold)
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Iran's Rouhani at U.N. calls on rival Saudi to cease 'divisive policies'
Yahoo News - 5 months
By Parisa Hafezi and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday called on regional rival Saudi Arabia to "cease and desist" from "divisive policies" if it was serious about regional peace and security. Rouhani was addressing the United Nations General Assembly the day after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef suggested Iran should be a better neighbor in the region and not interfere in the affairs of other countries. The leading Shi'ite Muslim power, Iran and Sunni monarchy Saudi Arabia are both fighting Sunni militants of Islamic State, which controls parts of Syria and Iraq and has supporters and sympathizers worldwide who have carried out bombings and shootings of civilians.
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Exclusive: U.N. inquiry blames Syrian military for chlorine bomb attacks - source
Yahoo News - 5 months
By Anthony Deutsch, John Irish and Michelle Nichols THE HAGUE/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - An international inquiry has identified two Syrian Air Force helicopter squadrons and two other military units it holds responsible for chlorine gas attacks on civilians, a Western diplomat told Reuters. The finding by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the global chemical weapons watchdog, is based on Western and regional intelligence, the diplomat said. "It was the 22nd Division, the 63rd Brigade and the 255 and 253 squadrons of the Syrian government," the envoy said.
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China, U.S. pledge to ratify Paris climate deal this year
Yahoo News - 10 months
By Michelle Nichols and Valerie Volcovici UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - China and the United States, the world's top producers of greenhouse gas emissions, pledged on Friday to formally adopt by the end of the year a Paris deal to slow global warming, raising the prospects of it being enforced much faster than anticipated. The United Nations said some 174 states were set to take the first step of signing the deal on Friday, the biggest day one endorsement of a global agreement. Of those, 16 states were also expected to formally notify the United Nations that they had ratified the deal.
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U.S. pushing for repatriation of U.N. peacekeepers over sex abuse
Yahoo News - 12 months
By Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States on Friday announced it was pushing the U.N. Security Council to call for repatriation of peacekeepers if there is a pattern of sexual crimes by troops of a certain nationality or if a country fails to investigate accusations. The United Nations reported 99 allegations of sexual exploitation or sexual abuse against U.N. staff members across the U.N. system last year, a sharp increase from the 80 allegations in 2014.
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STEM Wars: Can the Force Awaken Change for More Women in Science?
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It took less than a month for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to smash through the record books. The latest edition of the beloved epic series surpassed the $1.56 billion earnings mark and became the top-grossing film in North America. With all eyes on when (not if) the film will take over the No. 1 spot in global earnings, it's the pioneering content of this latest edition of the decades-old saga that intrigues me most. Los Angeles Times film writer Rebecca Keegan captured the sentiment with a short but telling tweet: "Among its many wonderful qualities, STAR WARS: The FORCE AWAKENS passes the Bechdel test." The Bechdel test is a simple benchmark about the depiction of women characters in films and other fictional works. The criterion is simple: Are at least two women characters featured who talk to each other about something other than a man? The concept is actually inspired by an approach to exploring literature introduced by pioneering author Virginia Wolf. W ...
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After nuclear test, U.N. readying new measures against North Korea
Yahoo News - about 1 year
By Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council said on Wednesday it would begin working immediately on significant new measures in response to North Korea's fourth nuclear test, a threat diplomats said could mean an expansion of U.N. sanctions against Pyongyang. North Korea said it successfully tested a miniaturized hydrogen nuclear bomb on Wednesday. Atomic weapons experts cast doubt on the isolated nation's ability to make such an advance, but the test rang international alarm bells.
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'We are not natural-born enemies of Iran,' Saudi U.N. envoy says
Yahoo News - about 1 year
By Michelle Nichols and Sam Wilkin UNITED NATIONS/DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said on Monday it would restore ties with Iran when Tehran stopped meddling in the affairs of other countries and pledged that Riyadh would continue to work "very hard" to support bids for peace in Syria and Yemen despite the spat. Saudi Arabia cut all ties with Iran on Sunday following the kingdom's execution of prominent Shi'ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr. Protesters in Iran and Iraq marched for a third day to denounce the execution.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nichelle Nichols
  • 2016
    Age 83
    On August 30, 2016, she is introduced as the aging mother of Neil Winters on the long standing soap opera The Young and the Restless.
    More Details Hide Details Nichols has released two music albums. Down to Earth is a collection of standards released in 1967, during the original run of Star Trek. Out of This World, released in 1991, is more rock oriented and is themed around Star Trek and space exploration. Nichols' brother, Thomas, was a member of the Heaven's Gate cult. He died on March 26, 1997 in the cult's mass suicide that purposely coincided with the passing of the Hale-Bopp comet. A member for 11 years, he identified himself as the brother of Nichols in the group video tape prior to the event and left a final message saying: "I'm the happiest person in the world." In her autobiography, Nichols stated that she was romantically involved with Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry for several years in the 1960s. She said the affair ended well before Star Trek began, when she and Roddenberry realized he was in love with Majel Hudec, who coincidentally was an acquaintance of Nichols'. When Roddenberry's health was fading, Nichols co-wrote a song for him, entitled "Gene", which she sang at his funeral.
  • 2015
    Age 82
    A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan did reveal a small stroke, but she was able to begin inpatient therapy on June 5, 2015, for rehabilitation and recovery and to further evaluate her condition and determine the prognosis.
    More Details Hide Details Her fellow Star Trek actor George Takei, who played Hikaru Sulu, wished her well on his Twitter account page. Nichols is an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Robert A. Heinlein in part dedicated his 1982 novel Friday to her. On June 8, 2010, Nichols received an honorary degree from Los Angeles Mission College. Asteroid 68410 Nichols is named in her honor.
    On June 4, 2015, Nichols' booking agency announced that the 82-year-old had suffered a mild stroke at her Los Angeles home and had been admitted to a Los Angeles-area hospital.
    More Details Hide Details This was barely three months after the death of her friend and Star Trek co-star Leonard Nimoy. Doctors were conducting tests to determine the severity of the stroke. Nichols was reportedly awake and resting comfortably. An online news article by Frazier Moore of the Associated Press, which cited news updates from the actress's Facebook page, stated that, four days afterward, the still-hospitalized actress was feeling much better and was improving, remaining cheerful and alert and taking the time to read the messages from fans and well-wishers on her Facebook page, of which there were many.
  • 2009
    Age 76
    In 2009, she joined the cast of The Cabonauts, a sci-fi musical comedy that debuted on the Internet.
    More Details Hide Details Playing CJ, the CEO of the Cabonauts Inc, Nichols is also featured singing and dancing.
  • 2008
    Age 75
    In 2008, she starred in the film The Torturer, playing the role of a psychiatrist.
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  • 2007
    Age 74
    Nichols played a recurring role on the second season of the NBC drama Heroes. Her first appearance was on the episode "Kindred", which aired October 8, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details She portrayed Nana Dawson, the matriarch of a New Orleans family financially and personally devastated by Hurricane Katrina, who cares for her orphaned grandchildren and her great-nephew, series regular Micah Sanders.
  • 2006
    Age 73
    In 2006, she appeared as the title character in the film Lady Magdalene's, the madam of a legal Nevada brothel in tax default.
    More Details Hide Details She also served as executive producer and choreographer, and sang three songs in the film, two of which she composed. In addition to her acting skills, Nichols is an accomplished dancer and singer. She has twice been nominated for the Chicago theatrical Sarah Siddons Award for Best Actress. The first nomination was for her portrayal of Hazel Sharpe in Kicks and Co.; the second for her performance in The Blacks.
  • 2004
    Age 71
    In 2004, she provided the voice for herself in The Simpsons episode "Simple Simpson".
    More Details Hide Details In the 2002 comedy Snow Dogs, Nichols appeared as the mother of the male lead, played by Cuba Gooding, Jr.
  • 1994
    Age 61
    In 1994, Nichols published her autobiography Beyond Uhura: Star Trek and Other Memories.
    More Details Hide Details In it, she claimed that the role of Peggy Fair in the television show Mannix was offered to her during the final season of Star Trek, but producer Gene Roddenberry refused to release her from her contract. Between the end of the original series and the Star Trek animated series and feature films, Nichols appeared in small television and film roles. She briefly appeared as a secretary in Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding! (1967), and portrayed a foul-mouthed madam in Truck Turner (1974) opposite Isaac Hayes, her only appearance in a blaxploitation film. Nichols appeared in animated form as one of Al Gore's Vice Presidential Action Rangers in the "Anthology of Interest I" episode of Futurama, and she provided the voice of her own head in a glass jar in the episode "Where No Fan Has Gone Before". She voiced the recurring role of Elisa Maza's mother Diane Maza in the animated series Gargoyles, and played Thoth-Kopeira in an episode of Batman: The Animated Series.
  • 1976
    Age 43
    She was also a special guest at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, on July 17, 1976, to view the Viking 1 soft landing on Mars.
    More Details Hide Details Along with the other cast members from the original Star Trek series, she attended the christening of the first space shuttle, Enterprise, at the North American Rockwell assembly facility in Palmdale, California. On July 14, 2010, she toured the space shuttle simulator and Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center.
  • 1969
    Age 36
    Despite the cancellation of the series in 1969, Star Trek lived on in other ways, and continued to play a part in Nichols' life.
    More Details Hide Details She again provided the voice of Uhura in Star Trek: The Animated Series; in one episode, "The Lorelei Signal", Uhura assumes command of the Enterprise. Nichols noted in her autobiography her frustration that this never happened in the original series. Nichols has co-starred in six Star Trek motion pictures, the last one being Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. After the cancellation of Star Trek, Nichols volunteered her time in a special project with NASA to recruit minority and female personnel for the space agency. She began this work by making an affiliation between NASA and a company which she helped to run, Women in Motion. The program was a success. Among those recruited were Dr. Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut, and United States Air Force Colonel Guion Bluford, the first African-American astronaut, as well as Dr. Judith Resnik and Dr. Ronald McNair, who both flew successful missions during the Space Shuttle program before their deaths in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986. Recruits also included Charles Bolden, the current NASA administrator and veteran of four shuttle missions, and Lori Garver, former deputy administrator.
  • 1968
    Age 35
    She married Duke Mondy in 1968 and they were divorced in 1972.
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    In her role as Lieutenant Uhura, Nichols famously kissed white actor William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk in the November 22, 1968, Star Trek episode "Plato's Stepchildren".
    More Details Hide Details The episode is popularly cited as the first example of an interracial kiss on U.S. television. The Shatner/Nichols kiss was seen as groundbreaking, even though it was portrayed as having been forced by alien telekinesis. There was some praise and some protest. On page 197 of her 1994 autobiography Beyond Uhura, Star Trek and Other Memories, Nichols cites a letter from a white Southerner who wrote, "I am totally opposed to the mixing of the races. However, any time a red-blooded American boy like Captain Kirk gets a beautiful dame in his arms that looks like Uhura, he ain't gonna fight it." During the Comedy Central Roast of Shatner on August 20, 2006, Nichols jokingly referred to the kiss and said, "Let's make TV history again—and you can kiss my black ass!"
  • 1961
    Age 28
    Oscar Brown's highly touted, but ill-fated 1961 musical.
    More Details Hide Details In a thinly veiled satire of Playboy magazine, she played Hazel Sharpe, a voluptuous campus queen who was being tempted by the devil and Orgy Magazine to become "Orgy Maiden of the Month". Although the play closed after its brief try-out in Chicago, in an ironic twist, she attracted the attention of Hugh Hefner, the publisher of Playboy, who was so impressed with her appearance that he booked her immediately at his Chicago Playboy Club. While still in Chicago, she performed at the "Blue Angel", and in New York, Nichols appeared at that city's Blue Angel as a dancer and singer. She also appeared in the role of Carmen for a Chicago stock company production of Carmen Jones and performed in a New York production of Porgy and Bess. Between acting and singing engagements, Nichols did occasional modeling work. In January 1967, Nichols also was featured on the cover of Ebony magazine, and had two feature articles in the publication in five years.
  • 1951
    Age 18
    Nichols has been married twice, first to Foster Johnson. They were married in 1951 and divorced that same year.
    More Details Hide Details Foster and Nichols had one child together, Kyle Johnson, who was born August 14, 1951.
  • 1932
    Born on December 28, 1932.
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