In a hilarious, based on true life, and frankly, really cool, new episode of ‘Drunk History’ titled ‘Game Changers,’ comedian and ‘Full Frontal’ writer Ashley Nicole Black tells the story of how Martin Luther King Jr. convinced Nichelle Nichols to remain on ‘Star Trek.’ Back in its heyday, Nichols was playing a role that inspired his children and millions of others around the country as the character was one of the first black characters on television that was playing a real role and not just a servant. And to make things even better than that incredible true story, in the episode, Nichelle Nichols is portrayed by Raven-Symone and Martin Luther King Jr. is portrayed by Jaleel White, both of whom are amazing, which you can check out for yourself in the video below.
While speaking to EW, ‘Drunk History’ creator Derek Waters said:
“When I learned all that Nichelle has done, it was impossible for me not to share it on Drunk History. She is a true Game Changer. I’m so excited for people to learn about what she’s accomplished and honored to tell it.”
On top of the part of the story about Nichols and Martin Luther King Jr., the episode also explores the fact that Nichols was a part of television’s first interracial kiss (between her and William Shatner, who is portrayed by creator Waters in the episode), and her role in recruiting for NASA. The guys at ‘Drunk History’ even presented the episode to Nichols herself to make sure they had gotten everything right, with the 85-year old actress telling EW about her thoughts on seeing it:
“Well, I don’t know what to think…But it was really funny and pretty good as a comedy version of what really happened.”
Check out the clip for yourself and, as always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!