By Jasmine Grant
Although 2016 has been the year of political upsets, we’re thankful to see the White House celebrating something major.
Our FLOTUS is celebrating one of the greatest untold stories in American history. Michelle Obama will be hosting a special screening of Hidden Figures at the White House this evening. The powerful film tells the story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Johnson – three African-American NASA scientists who, against all odds, made groundbreaking contributions that helped John Glenn complete the first successful orbit in space.
The film is directed by Theodore Melfi and stars Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer as the main characters. At a time where race and politics continues to keep the nation divided, this incredibly important and unsung story of women who battled both racism and sexism in the space race is timely and uplifting.
The First Lady will be making a keynote at the screening. In addition to the movie’s cast, Pharrell Williams, who produced and composed music for the film, will attend. He has been on a promotion spree of his own over the past two weeks.
Aside from loads of celebrity participation and co-signs, Hidden Figures is getting critical acclaim. It has received two SAG Award nominations for Best Ensemble cast and a Best Supporting actress nod for Spencer, who also nabbed a Golden Globes nomination this week for Best Supporting Actress.
Hidden Figures will hit select theaters Christmas Day and then nationwide January 6th.