Friday, May 08, 2009
Star Trek, Updates and Mixed-Experience History Month
People, did you remember that May is Mixed-Experience History month? This is a national "holiday" started by the always fabulous Heidi Durrow, also known as The Light Skinned-ed Girl. Ms. Durrow, one of the creative forces behind the Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival, posts a new entry every day on her blog about a significant person or event pertaining to Mixed Race people the world over. She does this every year with no repeats and it is so fascinating who she comes up with. It also further illustrates the point that the Mixed experience is not a novelty or an invention of modern society. Human beings have always cross-pollinated, often with life-altering results.
Earlier this week I posted about the dearth of multicultural magazines and then coincidentally I received this link to iCelebrateDiversity.com's listing of multicultural magazines. Most of them are on-line and many of them are no longer in business, but some of them seem to be interesting reads. Take a look and see for yourself.
Finally, Star Trek the movie hit theaters yesterday. Why should you care, even if, like me, you're not a sci-fi fan? Because Star Trek the original television series, broke some serious meltingpot ground by airing the first interracial kiss on television in 1968. That was a kiss between Commander Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) and Capt. Kirk (William Shatner). Here's how it went down:
"Many stations in America's south refused to broadcast the episode, and it was banned in England for almost 25 years. But it wasn't even a romantic moment -- space aliens were using mind control to force the characters to kiss, against their will. The network was so nervous that two versions of the scene were filmed: one with the kiss, and one without it, where Kirk instead dramatically fought off the impulse. "When the camera zoomed in", says Nichols, "Bill crossed his eyes and the director didn't notice it until the next day in dailies. Of course the last scene was unusable and they had to go with the kiss scene, which became history as the first interracial kiss on TV."
Cool, huh? But returning to Wednesday's post about England banning racists, it kind of rings hollow when you find out the British government also banned filmed displays of interracial affection until 1993. Ouch! So if anybody does go see the movie this weekend, let us know if the love is allowed to grow between Black and White in this modern day Star Trek. And if you want to see the original kiss, check it out here on YouTube. It's quite funny.