Taraji P. Henson

'Hidden Figures' team sees its film set in the past as a sign of hope for the future

'Hidden Figures' team sees its film set in the past as a sign of hope for the future

Without black women in the space program coming up with answers that had eluded the traditional white patriarchy of the 1960s, the U.S. might never have made it to the moon. That's the fact-based story of “Hidden Figures,” but its moral easily parallels the diversity issues for which Hollywood recently has been taken to task. Director Theodore Melfi and stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe recently talked with The Envelope ahead of the White House screening of the film to discuss diversity, dreams and deciding not to panic.

First, I was surprised about the story of “Hidden Figures,” and then I got angry that it had been ignored all these years....

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