Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer & Janelle Monae Portray Historical Black Women in “Hidden Figures”


Next year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration for many will probably include a visit to the movie theater. FOX 2000 Pictures is set to release “Hidden Figures”, a film about a group of black women in the 1960’s who provided NASA with important data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions. The film that will star Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, follows Katherine Johnson (Henson), a brilliant black mathematician who, along with her colleagues Dorothy Vaughn (Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Monae), collectively known as “human computers” as they assist in the successful launch and safe return of astronaut John Glenn into space. 

The film is based on the book “Hidden Figures” written by Margot Lee Shetterly to be published by HarperCollins in 2016.

The most powerful aspect of their contribution to American history was that they did it while breaking barriers including gender and race during a time when both women and people of color were fighting for the right to the same opportunities and liberties as their white counterparts.

What most excites me about the film is that it is a reflection of black women contributing to American history and using their intellect to do so. Moreover, the three main characters are being played by three of today’s brightest stars. Talk about relatability…Hopefully young girls everywhere will get into Katherine as much as they’re into Cookie.

Hidden Figures is set to hit theaters on January 13, 2017.