Tag Archives: Taraji P. Henson

Film Review: Hidden Figures (USA, 2016) dismantles segregation piece by piece

The ills of racial segregation have been well-documented in modern cinema; many pieces set in eras like the 60’s have tackled the absurdity and nonsensical way the division functioned in – mostly American – society even when black populations worked side by side with white populations. This is the core tension of Hidden Figures, the ingrained threat of which suppresses three black women who work at NASA despite what would go on to be crucial contributions to a much larger picture – and by larger picture I don’t just mean the well-known launch of the Friendship 7 mission of 1962 in which John Glenn became the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth.... Continue Reading

Hidden Figures biopic to tell the unsung story of the African American women behind NASA’s space mission

Janelle Monae, Octavia Spencer and Taraji P. Henson bring to life the largely unknown story of three African American women who made a significant contribution to NASA in the 1960s. The landmark film Hidden Figures has released its first trailer, which finally gives screen-time to the women who provided the raw computing skills and mathematics to a largely white-male dominated work place.... Continue Reading