Like most people, when I first saw the promos for the film "Hidden Figures", I knew the film would be lit. I mean, Octavia Spencer in ANYTHING automatically makes a film quality, but learning later that my queen Janelle was in the film, I was really sold on needing to see the film.
PLUS; Taraji P. Henson.......Come. ON.
Prior to the release, I read several articles about what it took to make the film and many of the emotions that several of the actors had while filming. While I won't give to much away about the film because I don't want to spoil it for those of you who have not been fortunate enough to see it, there where quite a few things that came up for me while watching the film that made it an instant classic for me as a queer Black man.
One of the very first things I noticed as soon as the film began was the commentary on how fearless and resource Black women (people) are. For me, it was like watching my mother at times, thinking about how often in moments I would have thought my mother would walk away from a situation, she took it head on like a boss. At several points in the film, I could feel myself smiling not just because of the acting, but because I saw myself in several of the characters. Moments when someone told one character no, many of them did it anyway. Or moments when one character was worried about being viewed as "problematic", they spoke up not just for their rights, but for the rights of those in the community. The women had a message: the struggle is real but so is the payoff.
One of the best parts of the film was when one character stood up for their rights to do something that no other Black person had ever done. They framed it as "being the first", and being the first doctor and entrepreneur in my family, that part of the film really stuck out to me. Because honestly, being the first to do anything can be quite terrifying especially when your liberties are at stake.
The real highlight of the film was when all the Black women got into formation to prove that their knowledge could not be denied. I almost felt like we being reminded of the collective power that we Black & Brown people have and how that power must be used now to change the current state of "AmeriKKKa".
Yes, this film was and is a true testament to what feminism and Black resistance truly looks like and how without these women, we NASA would not be what it is today. This film also reminds us to never take no for an answer. As Black & Brown people, everything we know to be true today had always had "no" in front of it before we, (yes WE), made it happen.
White fragility hates the fact that even though we have been challenged on numerous accords, we still continue to show up and slay.
It is also important to highlight how strong Black women are and how they continue to be the backbone of this country. I mean, we had a Black woman be the backbone of this country for 8 years and not once, even under pressure, did she ever fold. Almost every great thing that has been accomplished in this country can be connected back to a strong Black woman being behind it or having something to do with it and that is what makes this film so great.
So what did I take away from the film?
That being Black is and will always be a struggle, but we are who we are because of what we have seen and where we have come from. And while being a Black and educated is a difficult equation, I am so glad that I was able to say that I was able to contribute to this films box office success and see more history be made, knowing that this film beat out several other films in its first week.
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