Sonequa Martin-Green Is A Black Woman Who Knows What Its Like To Be First

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The actress is ESSENCE’s latest digital cover star.
Joi-Marie McKenzie Mar, 14, 2019

The fact that it’s 2019 and we’re still knighting our sisters as “the first Black woman to do this,” or “the first Black woman to accomplish that” is bittersweet. Progress often has that quality.

Still, when Star Trek: Discovery’s Sonequa Martin-Green became the first Black woman to be a lead in the iconic sci-fi series in its 53-year history we still applauded because Martin-Green deserves our praise. While we met her wading through the zombie apocalypse on The Walking Dead, now Martin-Green is kicking butt in space.

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In ESSENCE’s latest digital story, written by TV and film critic Candice Frederick (@ReelTalker), Martin-Green shares that she hopes her history-making role will help others become familiar with Black women in power, including her own son, Kenric II, with husband, actor Kenric Green.

“There’s misogyny and racism everywhere. My husband and I can’t help what our son comes across. But we present him with images and messaging that will at least negate what he sees,” Martin-Green explains.

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“That’s why I thank God for this role because it is something I can point to and say, ‘Hey, look at this. It’s Mommy, but it’s also a Black woman saving the world and being a genius,’” she adds.

The digital cover, which was photographed by Derek Reed, is available now.