“Hidden Figures” the much-anticipated feature film by Director Ted Melfi is an adaptation of Margot Lee Shetterly’s book of the same name which tells the untold true story of some of the African American women mathematicians who worked at NASA during the Civil Rights era.
At the center of Shetterly’s “Hidden Figures” are Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, Kathryn Peddrew, Sue Wilder, Eunice Smith and Barbara Holley, who all worked at NASA during the Civil Rights era, often referred to as “the colored computers.”
Shetterly, whose father was one of the first African American engineers employed by NASA, is a journalist.
Starring in the film are Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae, as the unsung scientists. They are joined in supporting roles by Mahershala Ali, Kevin Costner, Jim Parsons, Kirsten Dunst and Glen Powell.
Checkout the trailer below, followed by a few images and poster from the film:
Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks (Phaedra Foundation) and her oldest son Ayden were joined by V103 on-air personality Ramona Debreaux as they co-hosted a VIP screening of the upcoming Fantasy Film, Kubo and the Two Strings at Regal Cinemas Atlantic Station in Atlanta.
Other celebrities in attendance were Erica Dixon (Love & Hip Hop Atlanta), Jasmine Burke (Saints & Sinners), Diallo Thompson (Barbershop: The Next Cut), Nicci Gilbert (R&B Divas/Brownstone), Chanita Foster (NFL Wives), Sharlinda Parker, Kahdijiha Rowe (Big Rich Atlanta) and more.
Kubo and the Two Strings is scheduled to open in theaters Aug.19.
Macy’s at Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta, Georgia continued the celebration of African American culture with a distinguished panel discussion that included some of America’s most unique, stylish and community conscious talent on Friday evening.
The Conversation Café joined local media and an excited audience in listening to spirited and thoughtful dialoged from Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Taye Diggs, Chef G. Garvin and Illustrator Shane Evans as they all provided personal insight into their rich family backgrounds and how their worlds have been shaped by various experiences, both professional and personal and the like.
We were presented with a trailer from Jurnee’s latest project Underground which is centered on a planned escape of slaves from a Georgia plantation in conjunction with the aid of an abolitionist couple. Series writers definitely infused an interesting twist that the American TV audience has not been quiet accustomed to. There are other noteworthy actors also, Aldis Hodge, Myketi Williamson, Christopher Meloni and John Legend is an executive producer. The series will air on WGN beginning in March 2016.
Taye and Shane’s lifelong friendship has brought about collaboration on a children’s book worth noting. “Chocolate Me” authored by Diggs and illustrated by Evans gives insight into the world of a brown boy who embarks upon the lessons of self-esteem and self-awareness. The book can be purchased from any major book outlet.
Chef Garvin candidly gave words of encouragement to inquiring listeners and also made known his many adventures behind the scenes as a producer. Look for an upcoming project featuring newly married Keshia Knight Pulliam. Garvin’s cooking genius topped off the night with light refreshments that left the audience’s palate enthused and singing appreciation and praise.
Checkout other scenes from the event below: