2016 was a bad year for Hollywood, the movie scene was called out for lack of diversity including criticisms for the lack of black actors nominated at the 2016 awards, starting a boycott and a twitter trend #oscarssowhite. Fast forward to 2017 and the release of “Hidden Figures” a movie led by black actors Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae. Focused on the women behind the mathematics of NASA aerospace division.
It struck me because not only is it a film led by black women but for once a positive image of black women. These women were mathematical genius not the negative stereotypes we are used to seeing depicted of us in movies or television. I also enjoyed it as for once the world has the opportunity to see black women in a clever role making a difference and know longer just getting by. Knowledge is power what does that mean. To have knowledge opens your mind it allows you think, challenge yourself and become a better person because you grow from all the new information you learn without growth how does one successfully expect to complete the desired life cycle?
I believe that movies like this will challenge these negative stereotypes and hopefully inspire people to get reading and improve their knowledge.