Warning: This post really doesn’t but kind of, not really contains spoilers.
This past weekend, Husband and I saw Hidden Figures
HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.
Upon entering the movie theater, I was shocked by how many white people were there. Seriously. Most of the films I see with black leads have a black audience with the exception of The Help but it was likely because the film was shot in Jackson and around Mississippi.
All 3 women were deemed geniuses, combated race and gender issues at work and home, and had a lot of firsts. Both Katherine and Mary calculated the flight trajectory for several NASA missions while Dorthy was the first black woman to receive a supervisory position at NASA. And when Dorthy was FINALLY promoted, she brought her whole squad with her.
Could you imagine the crap they had to endure over the course of their careers? Makes us realize that some of the beef we have with our employers isn’t so bad and that anything is achievable if we fight long and hard enough. But are we about that life? An immediate “no” came to me before I could finish typing this sentence. Any who, this movie would’ve been perfect if they would’ve excluded Pharrell from the soundtrack. I am most definitely a fan of his music but think themed soundtracks are a bit wack. Do you guys remember the song “Glory” by Common and John Legend? Yeah, me neither. I would’ve preferred the music of that time.
I definitely want to read the book (for more details), would encourage you guys to see it and look forward to the mainstreaming of African American history. Have you seen this movie yet? What do you think?
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