Last night at the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards, the trio most recently notable for their performance in Hidden Figures took home a much deserved award, ‘Outstanding Performance in A Motion Picture.’ The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer.

“African-American women were living at the time where segregation was the letter of the law,”  said Octavia Spencer.

Taraji P. Henson would go on to give a very powerful speech which you can hear an excerpt of below.

“This film is about unity,” she said. “The shoulders of the women that we stand on are three American heroes: Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. Without them, we would not know how to reach the stars.”

This story is about what happens when we put our difference aside and we come together as a human race,” Henson continues. “They are hidden figures no more!”

The film highlights three brilliant and talented African American mathematicians who calculated flight trajectories to Project Mercury and other missions. Before this film, their story was relatively unknown. 

Congrats to these women on a much deserved award! Have you seen the film yet? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Mike “Orie” Mosley is a freelance writer/photographer and cultural advocate from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. He is also the co-founder of music and culture website www.theconscioustip.com. In his spare time, he’s probably listening to hip hop & neo soul music, hitting up brunch or caught up in deep conversations about Black music. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_orie or on Instagram @mikeorie






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