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From Slavery to the Stars: A Personal Journey

Andreea Kindryd

Andreea helped Malcolm X push start his car.

Bill Russell let her drive his Lamborghini.

Martin Luther King told a joke that made her blush.

Archie Moore taught her to throw a punch.

Octavia E Butler encouraged her to write a book.

Finally, she has.

It's history and comedy, drama and politics, sex and drugs, and one of the most engaging characters you've ever met.

Her book will transport you from Shankleville Freedom Colony in 1860s Texas to California. From a burning building in Watts to the set of the original Star Trek, and via South East Asia's Hippie Trail to Sydney, Australia where she joined First Nations people in their fight for rights.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Andreea Kindryd
  • Publish Date: Feb 7th, 2024
  • Pages: 440
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 1.20in - 1.74lb
  • EAN: 9780645538229
  • Categories: Civil RightsUnited States - 20th CenturySocial History

About the Author

Kindryd, Andreea: - Andreea went from working with Martin Luther King, Jr, Malcolm X and Maulana Karenga, to radio station WLIB in New York, and then to Star Trek in Los Angeles, finally, settling in Australia almost 50 years ago to make her own film. Sunrise... Awakening, won awards and changed opinions. It has been honoured with restoration by the National Film and Sound Archive. Ande worked with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders NAISDA Dance College and helped launch Bangarra Dance Theatre. She shifted her attention from filmmaking to peace making, gaining a Diploma in Conflict Resolution from Macquarie University. Within a few years she was elected to the board of the Australian Dispute Resolution Association and joined the international dispute resolution society SPIDR.Nearing 70 and seeking healing following the loss of her daughter to suicide Andreea started doing stand-up comedy. Not satisfied with just laughs, she found telling stories gave her the opportunity to share issues that are important to her. TED selected Andreea as one of the promising Australian presenters in when they held special salons on six continents to uncover new talents, voices and ideas the world needs to hear.Andreea Kindryd is a generous, funny, loving and exciting storyteller who makes history come alive. She has performed to great reviews at Fringe Festivals in Adelaide, Edinburgh, Auckland, Los Angeles and Sydney. From Slavery to the Stars is her attempt to share her family's experiences over a hundred years. From the slave shackles of her great great grandmother, to living under stars of the Southern Cross in the skies of Australia. She also shares an insider view of an iconic television series that's more popular today than it was 50 years ago.Ande said "A lot of people say they grew up with Star Trek. Me too, except I was already in my twenties when it started. I'm over 80 now and, because of Trek, I'm still growing".

Praise for this book

"I'm so glad you are writing this! As it says in the Museum of the American Indian in Washington: There are two things - history and the past - and they are not the same. Your book

will bring them closer together."

- Gloria Steinem


"She's written a superb and riveting memoir which not only chronicles her ancestry as the descendant of runaway slaves, her friendships with Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and Maulana Karenga, but she also tells the triumph and tragedies of working on the original Star Trek from a perspective never explored before."

- Mark A. Altman,

Inglorious Treksperts


"An intensely personal peek into a time and place. Andreea 's experiences with Malcolm X and Dr Martin Luther King, Jr give human insights into both. Her time with the fledgling Star Trek Universe offers fascinating personal glimpses into the culture and the people who created it."

- Nana Visitor, Actor


"I have read your book twice, some parts three times, and it has me doing research."


"To have known those two leaders and deal with the loss of both by violence, is not something people should have to

go through."


"Your stories about Gene were so great. I am glad you were friends with him and your respect of him came out in the book. You two must have been some team."


"Authentic and deeply touching."


"I wasn't around a hundred years ago but spent many years in Hollywood and recognized the truth in the author's descriptions and observations. A great read."


"It was such a raw and engaging memoir. I loved every page!"