Sonequa Martin-Green Talks About Why It’s Important There Is a Black Woman At the Helm of the ‘Star Trek’ Franchise

Sonequa Martin-Green, who plays Star Trek: Discovery’s lead, Commander Michael Burnham, graces the cover of the December 2020 issue of the UK Edition of Glamour magazine where she talks about why it’s important that there is a Black woman at the helm of the Star Trek franchise — especially now that she has a daughter.

 Glamour: “In July, Sonequa became a mother for the second time to a baby girl, Saraiyah. (She and her husband, actor Kenric Green, also have five-year-old Kenric II, who pops up to wave a cute hello at the beginning of mummy’s interview.) And it is since having a daughter that Sonequa tells me her attitude to representation, and also to feminism, have really come to the forefront, especially during this turbulent year. As the first-ever Black female lead of Star Trek, playing the kickass Commander Michael Burnham, Sonequa is quick to acknowledge the responsibilities that come with having such a platform on a show with a massive cult following.”

“I think being a woman and having a daughter now has really opened a lot of things up for me,” she says. “And I believe that being a Black woman at the helm of this franchise is very important for people to see. Because it’s one thing to see representation, but it’s not enough. The representation needs to be full of potential. And I love that I get to be this woman, Michael Burnham, who is genius, competent, sacrificial; a woman who leads with integrity, heart and grace.”

“I believe that being a Black woman at the helm of this franchise is very important for people to see.”

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