Well, I know where I’ll be on January 13 of next year: watching a few of my favorite Black women pay homage to the Black brilliance. Last night the trailer for Hidden Figures, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monet (*waving* Heeeyyyyy, ladies!), premiered. Hidden Figures tells the story of three Black women who became NASA mathematicians during a time when women weren’t supposed to be anything more than a secretary and Black women weren’t even allowed to vote.
Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan managed to fight through Jim Crow and all it’s dehumanizing terrorism to make some of NASA’s most famous projects possible. How inspiring! And how appropriate is it that the trailer aired last night during the Olympics were Black women have been setting records left and right?
Get into this!