Have you seen Hidden Figures? I did… Here’s my Top 10 reasons to see Hidden Figures
I finally saw Hidden Figures last night. I dressed up in my black star tights and a maroon dress with a maroon hat. I went out 60’s style ready to enjoy this period piece. I went with a friend who was a young kid at the time and vividly remembers what happened. Check out our Instagram to hear a bit of what he thought after the movie.
This may contain spoilers, so if you haven’t seen it yet, what the heck are you waiting on? We’ve all seen Rogue One by now.
I consciously chose to see Hidden Figures because I want to see more blockbuster movies starring people of Color that are achieving the heights of what we accomplish and have accomplished. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good story and a fun fictional story. I painfully know the difference between fact and fiction, but as someone with a media background, I felt it was my duty to financially support the creation of films that allow people of color to not just lead, but the opportunity to be seen as more than the first person to get killed in a horror movie, the slang speaking token friend, the fish out of water, slave, and my personal favorite the foul mouth funny cantankerous old person (I love this character as much as the next).
However, in many parts of the World, including American cities, there are people who have only met Black people through cinema & mainstream media. They create their expectations and conversation based off of that experience. For example, when I was almost complete with my MBA and visiting another country, when a girl who never met a Black American, asked me if I had ever killed someone, knew how to rap and if I was friends with 50 cent and if I sold drugs. Yes, someone asked me that. I believe now, if you didn’t before, can truly understand why Black people get so agitated about what we see in the news and how we see it. We are not these stereotypes, but are constantly having to break them and be faced with being told “we’re acting white” or “uncomfortable” when we are simply being ourselves. This is why representation in Screen/TV across character types are important.
So yes, this is why I am hyper critical and focus placing my time and dollars in businesses and in projects where I have a pretty well thought out idea of how it most likely and will reverberate throughout its society. I do my best to be a conscious spender for the sake of what unites and empowers humanity.
So spending my money on Hidden Figures as a Woman and as a Black Woman of Color was a no brainer. Spending my money as a Conscious business owner was no question. Spending my money as a decent human being was no question. In order to move the needle to make more films like this, we need good people regardless of race & gender to see this film. While Race & Gender play a significant role in the film, it’s not why you should see the movie. Moving the needle forward means seeing it because it really is a good film. Therefore my…
10. Because people in the 60’s dressed the part. There was extra effort placed into the flyness of their apparel that should be appreciated. The formalness of it all makes you wonder if we should peel off our ripped jeans and t-shirts to start Dress Fly Fridays.
9. Because the acting was on point! This phenomenal cast included Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Kostner, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, Octavia Spencer, and Jim Parsons all felt very real and relatable within the parts they played. The ensemble pulled you into the experience of working on a big project with these women just trying to do their jobs and having to contend with all the extra-ness from the societal morals at the time.
8. Because it’s eerily timely. Hindsight is 20/20. If you want to know why we should be sticking up for the rights of LGBTQ people, this movie speaks volumes. If you want to understand why there’s so much unresolved racial tension, you quickly see why this movie is 30 years late. Additionally bathroom laws are going to be top of mind when you step out and boy, oh boy. I’m totally in favor of “go wherever (the hell) you want to go. At NASA, we piss the same color.”
7. Because even though you thought he might go Falling Down with Michael Douglas, Al Harrison (Kevin Kostner) was the supervisor everyone wants.
6. Because Vivian Mitchell (Kirsten Dunst) was the supervisor with no emotional intelligence that everyone fears. Seriously, everyone was thankful for having jobs. No one was thankful for being undervalued as humans.
5. Because Paul Stafford (Jim Parsons) was every tech bro that feels personally attacked and offended when they aren’t right or missing something. We get it, it’s embarrassing to be wrong and it’s great to be at the top… but there’s room for everyone without you being any less significant. The truth is, you are smart, you are kind, you are beautiful, you are human. You will be right a lot and wrong a lot. We still love and appreciate you! So love yourself so you can love us too! We will have your back when you have ours.
4. Because Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) had the sassiest lines. If Mrs. Jackson is anything like that in real life, she is your confident best friend you can’t live without.
3. Because Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) had the best comebacks. If Mrs. Vaughn is anything like that in real life, she is your mother/aunt and your inner monologue at work when your supervisor says almost anything to you while you’re busting your butt. She’s also the hero you have at work and didn’t know was there fighting for you all along. Great example of effective leadership.
2. Because Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) working those equations made you want to stop using a calculator and hug your math teacher. Plus, when she dropped her pearls of wisdom and went no more wire hangers on their asses, she became very real, honest and I loved her for it! Every introvert putting up with too much crap for a long time has had this moment. This is why we write.
1. Because going to Space rocks and this is something amazing that we actually accomplished together. It’s great to see it pulled together from this angle so that we’re inspired to focus on what’s most beautiful about us – our minds and our ability to achieve astounding heights. We made it to the moon and we can go even further. We all get there together, or we don’t get there at all. 😀
If you haven’t seen Hidden Figures, it’s a must see! Go see it this weekend and post you acting out your favorite line/scene and tag us @StretchRecipes. The best response will earn this sweater: