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I Am Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek's "Uhura", first black woman on television in a non-stereotypical role, and recruiter for the first minorities in NASA. AMA!

Hello Reddit, I am Nichelle Nichols, "Uhura" in Star Trek (now "The Original Series"). I’ve been an actress and singer in many other productions as well! I played what Dr. Martin Luther King called, “the first non-stereotypical role portrayed by a black woman in television history." Due to my unexpected position as a role model on television for minorities in space, I was asked by NASA to help in a highly effective campaign to recruit minority and female personnel for the space agency. People I recruited include Sally Ride, the first woman in space, Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space, and Charles Bolden, the current NASA administrator.

(Her friend, Gil, is here actually writing up Nichelle's responses).

Today, I’m blessed to be able to spend so much time travelling the country (and the world!) at comic cons and Star Trek conventions. I’ve probably met many of you in my travels.

I’m doing something very exciting online. I’m one of the founding celebrities on a new website called StarPower, where stars raise funds for the causes we care about while building closer, long-lasting relationships with our fans. I’m giving away some of my original Star Trek memorabilia, tickets to upcoming events, and doing some exclusive one-on-ones with fans. I even started hosting my own mini-AMA before someone told me I should do it here! What sets StarPower apart from other sites is that it’s a monthly subscription rather than a flash-in-the pan. I know from working with non profits in the past that a constant, reliable revenue source is the dream compared to the booms and busts of traditional fundraising. I’m supporting the Technology Access Foundation and the Planetary Society.

I’m also involved in some new, exciting projects. In September, I’m traveling on a NASA SOFIA flight, a second generation Airborn Observatory, which I am honored to have been invited too. I’ll be streaming as much from that as I can on StarPower as well! So please, ask me anything! Star Trek, NASA, singing, gardening, StarPower, anything you like.

My Proof:

Edit: I've signed off for now, thank you so much for the fantastic questions. I'll answer some more later this afternoon if I can. Live long and prosper, with love. Yours truly, NN.

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So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night!

We had not intended to make this announcement until we had everything in order but, since my resignation as head of community made its way to the media, I'd like to discuss why I'm leaving and what's next for you! I want to first address the effect my resignation will have on the community. A large part of my role as Head of Community was reflected behind the scenes (policy, community regulation etc.) and the community team is much more interactive than I on a daily basis so very little will change after my departure.

Media outlets are suggesting that the circumstances around my departure are different than they are in reality so I'd like to clear this up as I don't like being misrepresented. Since a few women have left reddit recently, certain reports have implied that my gender was the cause. That is simply not the case as I have always felt respected as a colleague here and managed to surround myself with good people in an industry not always known for that. The theory that I am leaving because of recent changes in policy is also false as I happily participated in creating those changes and stand by the decision to enforce them.

At the expense of boring you with the truth, I have made this decision to resign so that I can head home to spend time with my family. The last few years have been pretty crazy and honestly, I'm looking forward to a Christmas free of work - but still encourage you all to continue to make the reddit gift exchange a ground breaking experience!!! It really is that simple. It was not an easy decision to make but I know it's the right one for me right now.

So what's next? Obviously, we need someone to take on this role in my absence and it's crucial to the well-being of reddit to have a qualified person in this seat. We should have someone who knows the community inside and out, who understands the policies and practices, and who has been using the tools long enough to know what works and needs work. reddit is entirely unique and deserves to be run by people who truly understand it.

Lucky for us, we had the perfect candidate sitting right in front of us! When /u/spez asked if I had anyone in mind, there was only one person I thought of, /u/krispykrackers. Her amazing knowledge of the history of reddit, how the community works, and the cultures of individual subreddits is exactly what we need from a Head of Community. A redditor since 2008, employed by reddit for five years, and a community manager for over a year, she has been a very important part of our daily community interactions and is so dedicated to her work that I'm not sure she even sleeps!

I'm very confident that krispy and spez, along with the rest of reddit, will guide the community to the best state it has ever been in and I am excited to see the future of reddit unfold with their leadership. Join me in welcoming krispykrackers to her new and much deserved role of Head of Community at reddit!

Farewell, all! 5days

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This Ronda Rousey interview clip got my little sister to start deadlifting today (NSFW language).

My little sister wants to lift but doesn't want to "look like a man." I showed her this Ronda Rousey comment, and it was all she needed to start deadlifting this morning.

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