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December 29th, 2017 by Cherry

I had the pleasure to cover the legendary icon Nichelle Nichols celebrating her 85th birthday with family, friends and fans!

Ms. Nichols normally celebrates with friends and families but this year gave 35 lucky fans the opportunity to attend this special milestone birthday.

The celebration kicked off with a red carpet where I was able to ask Ms. Nichols a few questions. The festivities included Carmen Carter and Robert Davi serenading Ms. Nichols in the private dining area at La Piazza (The Grove LA), a special video and everyone sang ‘Happy Birthday’ with a toast of champagne and Sprinkles cupcakes. 

It was a delightful evening to see the woman who’s inspirational portrayal of Uhura on Star Trek was an inspiration for children and adults across the world. It was a role she considered not accepting until Martin Luther King reached out to ask her to reconsiders her decision. The non-stereotypical role as an officer exploring space would be the first one for 

black women on television that wasn’t a wife, domestic or secretary. Her role blazed a path to the stars for future NASA Astronaut Mae Carol Jemison and so many others to go into STEM. In real life Ms. Nichols began volunteering with NASA and other charitable missions as well as continued acting and appearing at conventions across the world.

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February 22nd, 2014 by Cherry

Geek Travel to Paris!

banner_expo_mythology<sigh> if you’re lucky enough to be heading to or near Paris you MUST check out the ‘Superheroes’ exhibition opening on March 5th  at the Mona Bismarck Center in Paris.  The Superheroes exhibit will be open until June 15, 2014 that will have 75 works by Alex Ross.  Mr. Ross has won seven consecutive Comic Buyer’s Guide awards for his interpretation of iconic comic book characters from Wonder Woman to the Joker that have his philosophy permeating throughout.  He wants to have them grounded in reality, with dignity, competency and … well being sexy!  He’s influenced by many artists including Norman Rockwell and J.C. Leyendecker who created over 320 Saturday Evening Post covers.  His 1999 lithography shows the Joker dancing with Harley Quinn in homage to the Leyendecker Jazz Age portrait of a couple dancing.   As you can see he enjoys using pencils, paint and infrequently an airbrush for his art.  He chooses to not use the more contemporary digital style tools since he’s not a tech kind of guy but he is an artist using a medium accessible to the general public .. comic books and graphic novels.  

Now if you’re not able to fly off to Paris in your invisible jet with Wonder Woman you can check out tour of the 2013 DC Comics We can be Heroes Exhibit at SDCC and the 2012 Batman Dark Knight Exhibit at LA Live on YouTube.

During Superheroes: The Art of Alex Ross, the Mona Bismarck American Center galleries are open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 11 AM – 6 PM. Closed on national holidays.

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