*I’m tempted to tell you that the exceptional new Hidden Figures is the best movie I’ve seen this year. Since 2017 is just out of the gate, that comment might be seen as more than a little glib.
So I’ll go out on a limb and say this: Hidden Figuresis the best movie I WILL see this year.
Usually, period pieces that are based on history don’t hold my attention, largely because we already know how the movie’s going to turn out. (We KNEW the Titanic was iceberg-bound and doomed, right? So who really cares about Leo DiCaprio’s “I’m the king of the world!” moment?)
With the story behind Hidden Figures, we already know that Neil Armstrong helps America win the space race, and that he walked on the moon eight years later. What most of us didn’t know was that a group of black women — “Colored Computers” they were called — were largely responsible for getting him there. Told from their perspective, THIS period piece kept me, literally, on the edge of my seat through the film’s final act. Continue reading →
Above The Fold makes its debut at the Pasadena Playhouse. The play, a world premier written by Bernard Weinraub and directed by Steven Robman, introduces Jane, (Taraji P. Henson), an African American newspaper reporter from New York who is still trying to make a name for herself at an established news agency. Hungry for an assignment that will land her story “above the fold” (a media term that shows a story at the top half of the front page) Jane aims to get the attention of the “Bow Tie” a hard-to-please boss whose presence is felt even though he is never seen; and harnesses the power to send her to Afghanistan for a highly desired assignment. Continue reading →
On Tuesday, April 14, we will be ever so pleased by the unveiling of the 46th anniversary issue of Ebony’s Power 150: “The Most Influential Black Americans.” But look at the cover girls Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis. They are stunning in their white gowns. It is obvious how talented they are, by the way they capture your fascination in this photo. Gorgeous, ladies!