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BEYONCÉ TO REMOVE OFFENSIVE WORD FROM NEW SONG

UNDATED (AP) – Beyoncé is the second artist to remove an offensive term for disabled people from a new song after complaints. Both Beyoncé and rapper Lizzo decided to remove the word “spaz” from their lyrics. The word is considered a derogatory reference for a form of cerebral palsy. Lizzo acknowledged her mistake in June after her song “Grrrls” used the word and re-released a new version without it. Beyoncé uses the word in her song “Heated,” from her new record “Renaissance,” out Friday. Disability advocate Hannah Diviney, who pointed out Lizzo’s lyrics, wrote that hearing the word again used by Beyoncé “felt like a slap in the face.”

NICHELLE NICHOLS, LT. UHURA OF “STAR TREK” DEAD AT 89

UNDATED (AP) — Nichelle Nichols’ son says like ancient galaxies, the light from his mom’s life “will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from and enjoy inspiration.” Kyle Johnson announced on social media that his mother died Saturday of natural causes in New Mexico. She had been battling advanced dementia for years. Nichols broke cultural and social barriers when she starred on “Star Trek” as Lt. Uhura on the original “Star Trek” TV series. She was 89 years old.

NICHELLE NICHOLS’ “STAR TREK” CO-STARS EXPRESS GRIEF

UNDATED (AP) — Nichelle Nichols’ “Star Trek” co-stars have issued comments in response to her death, which was reported yesterday. William Shatner tweets that he is “so sorry to hear about the passing” of Nichols. He described her as a “beautiful woman” who “played an admirable character that did so much for redefining social issues both here in the US & throughout the world.” George Takei wrote on Twitter that he will say more about Nichols in the future but for now, his heart ”is heavy” with news of her death. Others who starred on more recent “Star Trek” projects have also weighed in. Celia Rose Gooding, who currently plays Uhura in “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” tweets Nichols “made room for so many of us.’ And Kate Mulgrew of ”Star Trek: Voyager” calls Nichols “a trailblazer who navigated a very challenging trail with grit, grace, and a gorgeous fire we are not likely to see again.”

NICHELLE NICHOLS AND MARTIN LUTHER KING

WASHINGTON (AP) — While Nichelle Nichols’ role as Lieutenant Uhura on the original “Star Trek” series broke barriers, she might have only been a footnote in TV history, if not for a conversation she had with civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. Nichols had said she was ready to leave after one season — and even told series creator Gene Roddenberry so. But when she mentioned that to King, Nichols said he talked her out of it. In a 1994 AP interview, Nichols said King reminded her she was first Black woman to have a role on TV with such stature. Besides, she said King told her, he was a fan of the show.

NICHELLE NICHOLS AND “THE KISS”

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nichelle Nichols made a impression on “Star Trek” with her mere presence on the sci-fi show. But she also made a lasting impression with her lips. In season three of the sci-fi series, producers of Star Trek decided to have Lt. Uhura lock lips with co-star William Shatner. The premise was that they’d be forced to kiss by aliens who could control their actions — in effect, acknowledging that the idea of having people of different races kiss on TV was an alien concept for viewers back then. It was a big deal, but not for Nichols. She would say in an Associated Press interview decades later that after watching the footage of the kiss, she remembered thinking it was a great scene — not that it was a scene of a white man and Black woman kissing.

NICHELLE NICHOLS – REACTIONS

UNDATED (AP) — President Joe Biden is among those who has reacted to the death of actor Nichelle Nichols, who died Saturday at age 89. Nichols broke barriers for Black women in Hollywood when she played communications officer Lt. Uhura on the original “Star Trek” television series.

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“Our nation is forever indebted to inspiring artists like Nichelle Nichols, who show us a future where unity, dignity, and respect are cornerstones of every society.” – President Joe Biden, statement from the White House.

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“I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Nichelle. She was a beautiful woman & played an admirable character that did so much for redefining social issues both here in the US & throughout the world. I will certainly miss her. Sending my love and condolences to her family.” — William Shatner, “Star Trek” co-star, via Twitter.

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“A remarkable woman in a remarkable role. Nichelle, you will be deeply missed. Sending much love and respect.” — J.J. Abrams, who directed 2009′s “Star Trek” reboot and its 2013 follow-up “Star Trek Into Darkness,” on Twitter.

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“I shall have more to say about the trailblazing, incomparable Nichelle Nichols, who shared the bridge with us as Lt. Uhura of the USS Enterprise, and who passed today at age 89. For today, my heart is heavy, my eyes shining like the stars you now rest among, my dearest friend.” — George Takei, Nichols’ “Star Trek” co-star who played Sulu, on Twitter.

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“She made room for so many of us. She was the reminder that not only can we reach the stars, but our influence is essential to their survival. Forget shaking the table, she built it.” — Celia Rose Gooding, who plays Uhura on “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” on Twitter.

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“Nichelle Nichols was The First. She was a trailblazer who navigated a very challenging trail with grit, grace, and a gorgeous fire we are not likely to see again. May she Rest In Peace.” — Kate Mulgrew, “Star Trek: Voyager” cast member, on Twitter.

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“Before we understood how much #RepresentationMatters #NichelleNichols modeled it for us. With her very presence & her grace she shone a light on who we as people of color are & inspired us to reach for our potential. Rest well glittering diamond in the sky.” — Wilson Cruz, “Star Trek: Discovery” actor, on Twitter.

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“Many actors become stars, but few stars can move a nation. Nichelle Nichols showed us the extraordinary power of Black women and paved the way for a better future for all women in media. Thank you, Nichelle. We will miss you.” — Lynda Carter, “Wonder Woman” star, on Twitter.

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“Godspeed to Nichelle Nichols, champion, warrior and tremendous actor. Her kindness and bravery lit the path for many. May she forever dwell among the stars.” — Stacey Abrams, politician, on Twitter.

BILL RUSSELL REMEMBERED

UNDATED (AP) — Bill Russell is being remembered as a champion on the NBA court — but also as a champion for equality and justice off it. He was voted the greatest player in NBA history as a five-time Most Valuable Player and 12-time All Star. But the Boston Celtics star was also a fierce fighter for equality in a city and nation where race was often a flashpoint. He went to the 1963 March on Washington where Martin Luther King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. And when Muhammad Ali was condemned for refusing to enter the military draft, Russell was one of the few athletes to defend him. Russell was awarded the Medal of Freedom in 2011 — an honor made more poignant because it was given him by Barack Obama, the nation’s first black president. Bill Russell died yesterday. He was 88 years old.

BILL RUSSELL AND JACKIE ROBINSON

UNDATED (AP) — Imagine what kind of person you’d have to be to have Jackie Robinson call you one of his heroes. Bill Russell was, something he learned after the death of the man who broke baseball’s color barrier. Russell recalled that after Robinson died in 1972, he got a call from his widow Rachel — who asked him to be a pallbearer. Russell said he was “flattered” and wondered, “how do you get to be a hero to Jackie Robinson?’”

PAT CARROLL DIES, WAS COMEDY MAINSTAY ON TV

UNDATED (AP) — Sitcoms, variety shows, game shows — for a time back in the day, you couldn’t turn your TV on and not find Pat Carroll on somewhere. She was a regularly seen comedian for decades. Carroll has died. She was 95. After a career of making appearances on TV shows popular in the 1950s and 60s, she more recently created a new following for her talents as the voice of Ursula in “The Little Mermaid.” Pat Carroll has died. She was 95 years old.

LIL DURK INJURED ON STAGE DURING LOLLAPALOOZA

CHICAGO (AP) — Lil Durk says he’s going to take some time out to work on his health after a mishap during a performance Saturday at Lollapalooza in Chicago. Video clips show a smoke effect going off near his face. The rapper went on to finish his set but afterward posted a photo on Instagram that appears to have been taken in a hospital. In it he has a bandage over his eye — and says he’s taking some time off from performing.

BOX OFFICE

UNDATED (AP) — “DC League of Super-Pets” is the top dog in the nation’s box office battle. The superhero spinoff about Superman’s dog earned $23 million from over the weekend. That was enough to capture first place. Its rise knocks Jordan Peele’s “Nope” into second place.

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