Nerd Candy: Benjamin Sisko/Avery Brooks
~ Special Edition Post ~
Captain Benjamin Sisko
Captain Benjamin Lafayette Sisko was an extremely powerful character. An honorable, ethical man to the core, he was also a culinary artist and a no-nonsense warrior. The more I re-watch old episodes of DS9, the deeper I fall in love with his characterization.
For those of you who are die-hard fans of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, you were probably both amused and understanding when the Prophets constantly referred to him as "the Sisko."
My favorite thing about Sisko was the way he'd tell people to either get the hell out of his office or off his station. Sometimes he yelled it. Other times he calmly implied it. And when he was really irritated, he just pushed the button on his desk to open his office doors, so
The greatness of Sisko is owed to Avery Brooks, who is an opera singer, college professor, and jazz musician in addition to being an actor. Brooks made sure that the issues of racial inequality and discrimination never strayed far from the writer's minds. His role on DS9 was in itself a gold mine; colonialism, holocaust, and genocide were already main themes.
Brooks made damn sure black men were not misrepresented on the show; he portrayed a devoted father, not an absentee. He portrayed a man with a good career, not a deadbeat. When Brooks' character remarried, and he became a "Prophet" shortly after, the writers initially intended for him to never return to the corporeal world. Since his character's wife was pregnant, Brooks stepped in and stated in no uncertain terms that he was not going to portray a black man who knocks up his wife and then just leaves.
*nods* A man, children; 'tis a grown-ass man.
Brooks has a strict policy about the roles he accepts, in case you're wondering why his credits are few and far between. He has kids in real life, and feels he must set an example in everything he does. This perhaps explains his diverse and well-rounded resume. I would guess his children are strong motivating factor, as well as his undeniable creative drive.