When you’re a person of colour in North America (or the World for that matter), particularly a Black person, every challenge is exponentially heightened in a way where you won’t understand simply if you aren’t Black. But what is the beautiful truth about Black people is that they have had their hands on pretty much any and every monumental moment you can think of when it comes to innovation, creation, and in this shining example of cinema – calculation. But a lot of these stories aren’t told, or we find out about them 40 years later when they’ve actually been rewarded publicly by the government for their actions.
Hidden Figures is more than just the title of a movie, it’s the phrase that perfectly explains & highlights the role that a majority of Black people have known forever when working in industries with majority white counterparts, and in the 1960s segregated state of Virginia, in the midst of a Space Race with the ‘evil’ Russia, the Americans had to look in the very place where they’ve constantly turned their backs, and that was to Black people, who have it in their DNA to prove those wrong who doubt their intelligence and brilliance. The crazy thing is, which you could see in this movie, was that it was like pulling teeth for White people to willingly trust Black people to do their jobs and to actually consider them equal counterparts, which will always be mind boggling to me. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae highlighted the strength, patience, and attitudes of Black women that I can see within Black women I know in my present time. They revealed that no matter how light or dark you are, if you’re Black, you’re not limited to making an impact in the best way – it’s like a habit.
I loved this movie because it further strengthened the pride that I have in being Black, and that we are being shown in roles that will inspire young Black people that they can truly be anything they want to be. For too long, they’ve been pointed into a limited amount of directions, but have never been told that they can be anything this world had to offer. I hate that I’m just finding out about this story now, but if anything, it shows me one thing that I’ve always known, and that’s that Black women have been and continue to be at the forefront of significant changes in society, and they are to be protected like the precious gems that they are. Overlooked, overworked, underappreciated and constantly underestimated, but always rising above adversity. That’s the Black woman I’ve always known and will continue to know. It’s just time for the rest of the world to catch up in realizing that. Watch this movie. Period. This is my opinion, this is my review
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