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NASA Officially Names D.C. Headquarters After ‘Hidden Figure’ Mary W. Jackson (Video)

*At 1 p.m. EST Friday (Feb. 26), the NASA Headquarters building in Washington will officially be named after “Hidden Figure” Mary W. Jackson, the agency’s first African American female engineer. Acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk will lead the ceremony set to air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website, and will livestream on the […]

A Celebration of Life for NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson (Video)

*Three black astronauts joined hundreds of other mourners Saturday at a memorial service for pioneering African American mathematician and NASA researcher Katherine Johnson. The brilliant mind, who calculated rocket trajectories and Earth orbits for NASA’s early space missions and was later portrayed in the 2016 film “Hidden Figures,” about pioneering black female aerospace workers, died […]

Weekend Watch: Space Final Frontier Captured in ‘Apollo 11’

*The “Star Trek” monologue that begins with “Space, the final frontier” was so familiar and popular back in the 60s, NASA used the phrase for “Project Apollo: Where No Man Has Gone Before.” You don’t have to be a space cadet, such as myself, to be fascinated with science and space travel captured onscreen in […]

NASA’s Katherine Johnson Among 17 New Influential Barbies Released for Int’l Women’s Day

[videowaywire video_id=”17A5F0609C7A7F09″] *Famed NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, portrayed in the film “Hidden Figures” by Taraji P. Henson, joins 16 other women in getting the Barbie doll treatment to celebrate International Women’s Day. Mattel has announced the release of 17 new Barbie dolls — including 14 one-of-a-kind dolls that are styled after modern-day role models for […]

Academy and NASA Team for Hollywood Panel On ‘Hidden Figures/Modern Figures’

[videowaywire video_id=”Q1F4GQ3GPRYVCT5X”] *NASA scientists are headed to Hollywood for a panel called “Hidden Figures/Modern Figures: A Journey of Breakthroughs in Cinema and Space Travel,” a joint effort between NASA and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Science and Technology Council. On the panel, set for Wednesday (Nov. 29) at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater […]

NASA Honors ‘Hidden Figures’ Mathematician with New Research Facility

*NASA is honoring Hidden Figures heroine Katherine G. Johnson with her very own research building. Hidden Figures tells the true story of the female African-American mathematicians who made vital contributions to the US space program in the 60’s. The Nerdist reports that on September 22, NASA’s 37,000-square-foot, 23 million-dollar, state-of-the-art research facility in Hampton, Virginia was officially christened […]

‘Hidden Figures’ Director On Taraji P. Henson’s Oscar Snub

*”Hidden Fences” director Ted Melfi believes Taraji’s demanding “Empire” schedule… where she works 17-hour days, may have contributed to her Oscar snub because she couldn’t commit to the awards campaign season. “Taraji is on a series… She’s working her butt off on her show constantly. She’s done everything she possibly can to support [the film]. […]

Will Black Films Finally Get the Oscar Recognition They Deserve?

*Last year’s lack of minority representation at the Academy Awards resulted in backlash from both the African American and the arts communities, culminating in the trending hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. This year, the nominations represent considerably more diversity, with five black films — and a record-breaking six black actors — on the receiving end of nominations. Perhaps […]

Teenager Raises Thousands So Girls Can See ‘Hidden Figures’ for Free

*13-year-old aspiring astronaut Taylor Richardson attended a White House screening of “Hidden Figures” in December, and she was so inspired by the film’s portrayal of the real-life African-American women who helped send astronaut John Glenn to space, that she raised thousands of dollars to help other girls see the film for free. Taylor and her […]

Fox, AMC Theaters Offer Free ‘Hidden Figures’ Screenings for Black History Month

*In honor of Black History Month, 21st Century Fox and AMC Theatres are teaming to provide free screenings of the Oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures” across the country. The historical drama — sharing the untold stories of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, three African-American women who were vital in launching astronaut John Glenn into […]

Mahershala Ali In Talks to Join Tom Hardy, Channing Tatum in ‘Triple Frontier’

*Mahershala Ali is in talks to join the ensemble cast of director J.C. Chandor’s action-adventure drama “Triple Frontier.” Written by Mark Boal, the story is set in the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil (aka, the Triple Frontier) – a haven for organized crime that’s difficult for authorities to control. a project that’s been […]

‘Hidden Figures’ Bests ‘La La Land’ As Top Grossing Oscar Contender

*We bet a lot of folks in Hollywood and beyond didn’t see this coming. We’re talking about the fact that “Hidden Figures” is now the highest grossing Oscar nominated film of the year. The movie that tells the story of three black women, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson who helped John Glenn launch into […]

View Red Carpet Pics from the 2017 Oscar Nominees Luncheon

*In an annual rite of passage before the Academy Awards, all of the nominees gather at the Beverly Hilton Hotel to meet, mingle, break bread and take a group photo for posterity. The 2017 Nominees Luncheon took place earlier today (Feb. 6) ahead of the Feb. 26 ceremony. Viola Davis and Denzel Washington of “Fences,” Octavia Spencer of […]