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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.


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Exclusive Details: Trey Songz Arrested For Domestic Violence + Singer’s Public Response



HipHollywood can confirm that singer, Trey Songz, was arrested on Monday morning on domestic violence charges.

The Los Angeles Police Department tells us that Tremaine Neverson, the r&b crooner’s legal name, was taken into custody around 6:30am. The arrest stemmed from an alleged violent incident on February 18.

We are told the singer was let out on bail, which was set at $50k.

After being released, Songz took to Instagram to respond to the arrest, writing on Twitter:

“For weeks my lawyers & Mgmt have asked me not to comment on this and I initially agreed but this morning I feel that my fam, the women that raised me, my friends & fans especially the youth need to hear from me. I am being lied on and falsely accused for someone’s personal gain”

He added, “I won’t be speaking too much more on this but would like to thank you for all the prayers and support.”

The singer was also clearly unbothered by the arrest because he went as far as to share a string of stories on Instagram, which included him raving about the beautiful day and blasting music throughout his home.

As previously reported, during All Star Weekend, a woman claimed Songz unleashed fury during a Hollywood Hills party after he spotted her talking to another man.

Following the incident, the woman went to the hospital where she was treated before calling police.

The alleged victim’s lawyer, famous women’s rights attorney Lisa Bloom, even took to Instagram earlier this month to ask for any witnesses. “Went with my client today for her second police interview re her allegations that Trey Songz choked and punched her earlier this month,” Bloom tweeted. “Many were present. We need just one to have a conscience and step forward as a witness.”

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