'Hidden Figures' And The Diversity Conversation We Aren't Having
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Of the nine films competing for the Best Picture award at this Sunday’s Oscars, three have predominantly black leading casts ― “Fences,” “Moonlight,” and “Hidden Figures.” But only one, “Hidden Figures,” has a white director ― a fact that was deemed largely irrelevant up until last month, when it emerged that the film may have engaged in some “whitewashing” of history.
Before we get into this, here are a few things to know about “Hidden Figures,” if you haven’t seen it yet. It is a genuinely wonderful movie. It tells the important, nearly forgotten story of the history-making contributions black female mathematicians and engineers made to the NASA space program. It features stellar, award-worthy performances from three of our great black actresses (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae). It’s inspiring countless young girls and people of color to take an interest in STEM.
And yes, it has a white savior scene.
The scene comes after mathematician Katherine Jo
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