When I’m asked about the relevance to Black people of what I do, I take that as an affront. It presupposes that Black people have never been involved in exploring the heavens, but this is not so. Ancient African empires — Mali, Songhai, Egypt — had scientists, astronomers. The fact is that space and its resources belong to all of us, not to any one group.
Bryan pitched the whole story for me,” he remembers. “He was supposed to have 10 minutes, but after two hours he was still babbling around and waving his arms talking about episodes in season 25 or something. I realized that we had one of the most energetic men in show business at the base of this series.