Star Trek: Discovery’s Sonequa Martin-Green: ‘Representation Leads To Actualization—It Just Does.’ WATCH #TBT ThrowbackThursday

Sonequa Martin-Green who plays Commander Michael Burnham on the hugely successful CBS reboot of the Star Trek franchise: Discovery, says, “Seeing traditionally disenfranchised groups be smart, useful, smart, and sacrificial it’s huge and means a lot to me, and it’s something I can point my son to as well, which obviously means everything.”


Spock (Ethan Peck) and his sister Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) evade capture by Section 31 in Star Trek: Discovery Season Two with the aid of Talosian mental projection.

“Representation leads to actualization—it just does.” Sonequa Martin-Green

#StarTrekDiscovery‘s @SonequaMG on her appreciation for the #StarTrek fanbase and more

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She also emphasized the importance of education now more than ever and credits her alma mater of the University of Alabama with changing her life.

Martin-Green was featured on the cover of Essence in February, in typically stunning fashion.

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As the first Black woman to lead this franchise…I am astounded. I am honored. I am duty-bound. Happy Black History Month. ✊🏽🖖🏽♥️

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Watch the interview at the Paley Center on Los Angeles here.

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The Paley Center for Media and CBS All Access present Star Trek: Discovery—Fight for the Future, a dynamic two-floor exhibition illuminating the creative process behind the mammoth production.

While honoring the fifty-plus year legacy of the most storied science fiction franchise in television history, Star Trek: Discovery is the latest cinematic incarnation of Gene Roddenberry’s enduring vision of a better future.

Following the twists and turns of the acclaimed series’s second season, this curated collection of authentic costumes, props, makeup prosthetics, and concept art offers an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse of the unparalleled devotion to the artistry and craft involved in this latest chapter in the fabled Star Trekuniverse.

Wednesday, May 8 to Sunday, July 7

FREE and open to the public. No advance ticketing.

Exhibit Hours:
Wednesdays to Sundays, noon to 5:00 pm 
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles
465 N. Beverly Drive, at S. Santa Monica Blvd.
More information about visiting the Paley Center in Los Angeles.

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