‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Star Sonequa Martin-Green Looks Gorgeous While Celebrating 5 Seasons as 1st Black Female Captain

<p id=”par-1_48″><a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/star-trek-discovery-star-sonequa-martin-green-has-2-big-hopes-for-michael-burnham-in-season-3.html/”>Sonequa Martin-Green</a> broke ground in 2017 as the first Black female captain in the beloved <em><a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/tag/star-trek/?swcfpc=1″>Star Trek</a></em> franchise. Now, she’s making the rounds to promote and celebrate her fifth and final season as Captain Michael Burnham. See the 39-year-old’s gorgeous style and how she’s honoring her groundbreaking character.</p>

<figure class=”wp-block-image size-large” id=”emb-1″><img decoding=”async” loading=”lazy” width=”2560″ height=”1440″ src=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek.jpg?w=1024&h=576&strip=all&quality=89″ alt=”Star Trek: Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green speaks on stage during a special screening” class=”wp-image-3659187″ srcset=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek.jpg 2560w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek.jpg?w=640&h=360 640w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek.jpg?w=1024&h=576 1024w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek.jpg?w=768&h=432 768w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek.jpg?w=1536&h=864 1536w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek.jpg?w=2048&h=1152 2048w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek.jpg?w=620&h=350 620w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek.jpg?w=300&h=169 300w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek.jpg?w=200&h=113 200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek.jpg?w=902&h=507 902w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek.jpg?w=107&h=60 107w” sizes=”(max-width: 2560px) 100vw, 2560px”><figcaption class=”wp-element-caption”>Sonequa Martin-Green attends the Star Trek: Discovery special screening event in DC at MPA Theater on April 29, 2024 in Washington, DC | Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Paramount+</figcaption></figure>

<p id=”par-2_46″>On April 29, Martin-Green chatted with Zakiya Carr Johnson during a screening of <em><a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/william-shatner-reportedly-jealous-star-trek-co-star-leonard-nimoy.html/?swcfpc=1″>Star Trek: Discovery</a></em> in Washington, D.C. The Russellville, Alabama native spoke with the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer about the end of the hit Paramount+ series and how <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/how-the-star-trek-franchise-is-blazing-a-trail-for-actors-of-color.html/”>race influenced her experience</a>. </p>

<figure class=”wp-block-image size-large” id=”emb-2″><img decoding=”async” loading=”lazy” width=”2560″ height=”1440″ src=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-fifth-season.jpg?w=1024&h=576&strip=all&quality=89″ alt=”Star Trek: Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green speaks on stage during a special screening” class=”wp-image-3659188″ srcset=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-fifth-season.jpg 2560w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-fifth-season.jpg?w=640&h=360 640w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-fifth-season.jpg?w=1024&h=576 1024w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-fifth-season.jpg?w=768&h=432 768w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-fifth-season.jpg?w=1536&h=864 1536w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-fifth-season.jpg?w=2048&h=1152 2048w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-fifth-season.jpg?w=620&h=350 620w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-fifth-season.jpg?w=300&h=169 300w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-fifth-season.jpg?w=200&h=113 200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-fifth-season.jpg?w=902&h=507 902w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-fifth-season.jpg?w=107&h=60 107w” sizes=”(max-width: 2560px) 100vw, 2560px”><figcaption class=”wp-element-caption”>Sonequa Martin-Green and Zakiya Carr Johnson attend the Star Trek: Discovery special screening event in DC at MPA Theater on April 29, 2024 in Washington, DC | Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Paramount+</figcaption></figure>

<p id=”par-3_62″>Earlier in April, Martin-Green explained how she first navigated internalized racism regarding her role. “At the time, I thought, ‘This is all about hope.’ Hope is at the center of this franchise,” she said, according to <a href=”https://www.cbsnews.com/news/sonequa-martin-green-bids-farewell-to-historic-role-on-star-trek-discovery/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>CBS News</a>. It’s our responsibility to keep that moving forward. People can think what they want to think, but they need a chance to grow.” </p>

<figure class=”wp-block-image size-large” id=”emb-3″><img decoding=”async” loading=”lazy” width=”2560″ height=”1440″ src=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek-1.jpg?w=1024&h=576&strip=all&quality=89″ alt=”Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman, Blu del Barrio and Sonequa Martin-Green speak on stage during the Star Trek Discovery: The Trailblazing Journey” class=”wp-image-3659197″ srcset=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek-1.jpg 2560w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek-1.jpg?w=640&h=360 640w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek-1.jpg?w=1024&h=576 1024w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek-1.jpg?w=768&h=432 768w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek-1.jpg?w=1536&h=864 1536w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek-1.jpg?w=2048&h=1152 2048w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek-1.jpg?w=620&h=350 620w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek-1.jpg?w=300&h=169 300w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek-1.jpg?w=200&h=113 200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek-1.jpg?w=902&h=507 902w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek-1.jpg?w=107&h=60 107w” sizes=”(max-width: 2560px) 100vw, 2560px”><figcaption class=”wp-element-caption”>Co-Showrunner and Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman, Blu del Barrio and Sonequa Martin-Green speak on stage during the Star Trek Discovery: The Trailblazing Journey to the Fifth and Final Season featured session during the 2024 SXSW Conference and Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 12, 2024 in Austin, Texas. | Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Paramount+</figcaption></figure>

<p id=”par-4_70″><em>The Walking Dead</em> star elaborated on being the <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/star-trek-zoe-saldana-shares-advice-nichelle-nichols-playing-uhura.html/?swcfpc=1″>first Black female captain</a>: “It was overwhelming at the time. And it was heavy, but God really blessed me with it, and I learned so much from it. I learned so much about who I am as a Black woman. And I learned that I don’t have to fight for my value or my worth because I definitely felt that way.” </p>

<figure class=”wp-block-image size-large” id=”emb-4″><img decoding=”async” loading=”lazy” width=”2560″ height=”1440″ src=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-1.jpg?w=1024&h=576&strip=all&quality=89″ alt=”Sonequa Martin-Green laughs while sitting on a chair and filming The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” class=”wp-image-3659196″ srcset=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-1.jpg 2560w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-1.jpg?w=640&h=360 640w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-1.jpg?w=1024&h=576 1024w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-1.jpg?w=768&h=432 768w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-1.jpg?w=1536&h=864 1536w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-1.jpg?w=2048&h=1152 2048w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-1.jpg?w=620&h=350 620w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-1.jpg?w=300&h=169 300w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-1.jpg?w=200&h=113 200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-1.jpg?w=902&h=507 902w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-1.jpg?w=107&h=60 107w” sizes=”(max-width: 2560px) 100vw, 2560px”><figcaption class=”wp-element-caption”>The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest Sonequa Martin-Green during Wednesday’s April 3, 2024 show | Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images; Arturo Holmes/Getty Images</figcaption></figure>

<p id=”par-5_89″>Another element of being a Black woman in such a groundbreaking role involved the appearance of <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/star-trek-strange-new-world-stars-ethan-peck-and-anson-mount-how-discovery-influences-spock-and-pikes-new-series.html/”>Martin-Green’s character</a>. The <em>Space Jam: A New Legacy</em> actor knew she wanted her hair to be “1,000%” natural. With the showrunners in complete agreement, they created a plan to transition Martin-Green’s gorgeous hair from a straight “Vulcan bowl” to a “short ‘fro” to braids, according to her conversation with <a href=”https://www.withashleyandco.com/2024/04/star-trek-discoverys-sonequa-martin-green-final-season-interview/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Ashley & Company</a>. “We all understood, this is a big moment; this is the moment that you know television history is made,” Martin-Green explained.</p>

<figure class=”wp-block-image size-large” id=”emb-5″><img decoding=”async” loading=”lazy” width=”1200″ height=”800″ src=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek-cast.jpg?w=1024&h=683&strip=all&quality=89″ alt=”Sonequa Martin-Green and the Star Trek: Discovery cast sit together on stage” class=”wp-image-3659198″ srcset=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek-cast.jpg 1200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek-cast.jpg?w=640&h=427 640w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek-cast.jpg?w=1024&h=683 1024w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek-cast.jpg?w=150&h=100 150w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek-cast.jpg?w=768&h=512 768w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek-cast.jpg?w=525&h=350 525w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek-cast.jpg?w=254&h=169 254w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek-cast.jpg?w=200&h=133 200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek-cast.jpg?w=761&h=507 761w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sonequa-Martin-Green-Star-Trek-cast.jpg?w=90&h=60 90w” sizes=”(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px”><figcaption class=”wp-element-caption”>David Ajala, Mary Wiseman, Wilson Cruz, Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones and Blu del Barrio attend the Paramount+ The Lodge during 2024 SXSW Conference and Festival at Clive Bar on March 11, 2024 in Austin, Texas | Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Paramount+</figcaption></figure>

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<p id=”par-6_86″>Martin-Green <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/william-shatner-star-trek-creator-turning-in-his-grave-knew-spinoffs.html/?swcfpc=1″>took control of <em>Star Trek: Discovery</em></a> in more helpful ways than one. She eventually became an executive producer, helping shape the series to its conclusion in late May. Trekkies are eagerly anticipating the rest of season five. Martin-Green gave a hint to CBS News. She stated that the final season will be “bigger than we had ever done before.” She explained, “We love these characters. We love the people. We love the story,” perhaps implying a possible movie extension of the <em>Star Trek: Discovery</em> universe.</p>

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