Jan. 9th, 2017

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The history of math and science, from an outsiders perspective, is dominated by a white male narrative which places men at the forefront of all the knowledge gleaned from the universe. If you delve deeper, though, that reality is revealed as the ongoing lie that white culture would love to continue propagating. The release of Hidden Figures, adapted from a 2016 nonfiction book by Margo Lee Shetterly, is a long overdue correction to the wider historical and artistic record that systematically erases black women from their place in history. We all know that we put rockets and men into space, but the public faces on those accomplishments are too often white. Hidden Figures is the rare Hollywood film that centers the historical experience of black women struggling to make their way in fields dominated by racist and sexist white people to put their mark on history. Read more... )

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