Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer are co-starring in Hidden Figures, a movie about a group of math geniuses, forgotten by history, who assisted in getting the first American in space. The geniuses in question all happen to be black women. If you’re looking for the catch, that’s understandable.
In developing and casting Hidden Figures, a movie based on true events and author Margot Lee Shetterly’s book, director-producer Ted Melfi (St. Vincent) is finally embracing the obvious wisdom: Inclusive movies make more money. Yet for years, Hollywood has willfully ignored numbers, receipts and common sense. Is this a sign?