Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae are the true epitome of Black Girl Magic in their new film Hidden Figures … and they know it.
HipHollywood sat down with them for the film’s junket, where they dished on the power and fortitude of Black women, and playing real-life NASA mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson.
“I felt the [magic] when I read the script,” said Henson, who played Katherine Johnson. “You just hope that the powers that be get it and can get it out to the masses. Here is a situation where all the pieces of the puzzle came together … it was one of those perfect storms.”
Based on real-life events, the film follows the women as they work behind the scenes at NASA to help launch astronaut John Glenn into outer space.
“What I loved is that these women also had a broad world view and they didn’t let race or gender stop them from working at NASA and collaborating with the white men,” added Monae who plays the fiery Mary Jackson. “If they didn’t have that mindset we would not have gotten our first Americans into space.”
Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer said the film is still quite timely as it deals with gender disparity and race relations, but believe it will help spark a change. “What we hope is that when people see this movie that they feel empowered [to know] that they do have agency and that there is power in community and numbers,” explained Spencer, who was nominated for a Golden Globe award for her role.
“This does a different thing, and it does a thing that only movies can do,” added Costner. “It can inform us in a way and it can give us pause and make us look at our history, and we can still be entertained, but at the end go, ‘We should have been doing this a long time ago.’ It’s going to reinforce people’s ideas that this is the way they need to be.”
Hidden Figures is in theaters December 25.
Dr. Heavenly Explains Her ‘If My Husband Cheated He Didn’t Mean To’ Philosophy
Dr. Heavenly Kimes has an interesting philosophy on cheating … but then again we’re not surprised.
If you watch Married To Medicine then you know the successful Atlanta, GA dentist dotes on her husband, who she affectionately calls “daddy” and the two have a pretty solid marriage. So much so, that Kimes believes if he ever cheated on her he didn’t mean to do it.
Kimes made that proclamation after news broke that Dr. Jackie’s husband was having an affair, and of course she had the ladies scratching their heads. HipHollywood sat down with her to get more insight on her viewpoint. Here’s what she had to say.
“I said something that I think a lot of people feel but would not say it, because it’s not a politically correct thing to say,” she explained. “I said if my husband cheated he would not mean to do it. I stand by it, it may sound silly, it may sound funny, I’m not trying to be funny, I don’t think he would have meant to do it.”
“I can’t say it was her, I’m not going to put it all on her, but it had to have been something to make that man go that far,” she adds referring to the other woman. “Maybe I’m naive but I don’t think my husband would just cheat on me and mean to cheat.”
To her credit, Kimes is also a certified relationship coach and has been dishing her advice (solicited or not) to the other wives since season 2. She ended her explanation comparing cheating to a person on a diet. The analogy was pretty hilarious, but actual made a lot of sense.
“I like to compare sex to food because they go together,” she says. “If you’re hungry and you know you’re on a diet and you’re really really trying really hard and somebody comes with a buffet of your favorite foods and lays it all out for you and starts putting … you didn’t mean to eat it but you ate it.”
So do you agree Heavenly? Let us know in the comments below.
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