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Taraji P. Henson Doesn't Want 'Hidden Figures' To Be Labeled As A 'Black Movie'

Taraji P. Henson Doesn't Want 'Hidden Figures' To Be Labeled As A 'Black Movie'

The stars of Hidden FiguresTaraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe – take the cover of Parade magazine‘s latest January issue, on newsstands now.

In the film, Taraji, Octavia and Janelle star together as three brilliant African-American women who break gender and race lines while serving as the brains behind John Glenn‘s launch into space – but they do not want the film to be labeled as a “black movie.”

“It’s a label – a bad label,” Taraji told the mag. “Black people understand what we say when we say ‘black movie,’ but Hollywood cannot put that label on it. Yes, they are brilliant African-American females, and all of that should be celebrated. No matter what your color is, you should be able to look at these women as heroes. These are our new superheroes.”

Janelle on the movie’s theme of sisterhood: “This movie is important because sisterhood is important. I don’t think these women – Katherine, Mary and Dorothy” would have accomplished such an extraordinary thing if they didn’t have the support of each other.”

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Credit: Guzman/Stockland Martel Inc.; Photos: Parade Magazine
Posted to: Hidden Figures, Janelle Monae, Magazine, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson

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  • VanityInsecurity

    It is a black film, when you promote blackness. when the synopsis states “African American Women” instead of just women.. you have an agenda based on race. There are labels all around us and people usually see things in labels. Hollywood is a billion dollar industry that has been built on that.

  • AeeJay

    It would have been cool if they would have kept it as “women” alone. It would have been unbiased.

  • LaCroix

    why is Monae acting? Couldn’t they give that part to a real actress??

  • Synthia Rose

    The label “black movie” is not “bad” as Taraji claimed. It is simply too limiting. It is a human movie and an American story.

    This woman is so stupid that I can’t believe she was cast in this brainy role. She can’t even state an intelligent reason to not use a cliche label.

  • Synthia Rose

    For their time period, the race of the women is part of the drama of their selection for the NASA program. Your comment isn’t well reasoned.

  • Sprite

    Setting off fireworks and rockets with Excel !!!