How did the story of the first Black women to work with NASA and mathematical geniuses Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson go unnoticed ALL of these years?
It’s a question that we no longer have to worry about because the movie, Hidden Figures, is now making up for lost time.
The film, which officially opened up in theaters this past weekend and was expected to tie for the top box office slot with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, has come out on as the number one movie in America. How much is that number one spot worth? $22.8 million, the Hollywood Reporter shares.
The Star Wars franchise carries major weight in the industry and while both movies do involve space, this win highlights just how crucial our stories are from every aspect of history. It’s a sentiment that Taraji P. Henson also shared, on her Instagram page:
#GodIs I have been told my entire career “Black women can’t open films domestically or internationally”. Well anything is possible. Most importantly this proves that PEOPLE LIKE GOOD MATERIAL. HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH GENDER OR RACE. Agreed?! Thank you to everyone who supported this weekend even during the snow storm (which btw affected some of our biggest demographics). AND WE WERE IN FEWER THEATERS!!! What a proud moment!!! #HiddenFigures???? ???????????? P.S. telling me what I can’t do only makes me focus on proving nay Sayers WRONG!!! ????
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Loved Hidden Figures? Take the inspiration to the next level by learning about more Black women making gains in the STEM industry here.