This episode of the Price Projection Room features a conversation on the popular film, Hidden Figures directed by Theodore Melfi and starring the dream team of Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, among many others.
This crowd pleasing film centers on the overlooked stories of women of color whose mathematical work contributed the first successful launch of a human being into orbit. We discuss how the film both illustrated the racial divide in America while showcasing the work & struggle of African American women. Though we all have some criticism of the work, in the end it may be the representation of strong, smart black women that matters the most.
Featuring Alessandro Ago, Lt. Col. Olivia Nelson, Anita Dashiell-Sparks, and Erroll Southers
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Links and related reading/listening …
USC’s Outside the Box [Office] Screening Calendar
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan
Florynce “Flo” Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical by Sherie M. Randolph
What to watch next …
Fences (podcast here)
The Right Stuff
A League of Their Own
The Tuskeegee Airmen
20 Feet from Stardom
Makers: Women in Space
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This podcast is sponsored by Price Video Services and USC Bedrosian Center,
and continues our ongoing efforts to bring policy and its impact into the public discourse.
Special thanks to Dean Jack Knott, USC Price; Dean David Bridel, USC School of Dramatic Arts; and Dean Elizabeth Daley, USC Cinematic Arts for their support of this interdisciplinary conversation.
This podcast was produced by Aubrey Hicks and Jonathan Schwartz, recorded and mixed by Corey Hedden.