Hidden Figures is the No. 1 movie for a reason.
One being people saw the untold tale of three brilliant Black chicks–Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae–using their magic to get a man in space more than once. Guilty!
And it’s a really inspiring history lesson that the young’ins can use. Especially now. However not everyone can afford that $20 movie ticket.
Enter our shero Octavia Spencer–who bought out a whole theater in Baldwin Hills, Cali on Saturday so families can enjoy it too.
The Academy Award nominee unknowingly jump started a pay-it-forward trend around the country.
A Georgia-based guidance counselor, Kahadija Oliver-Baker, at Jones County high school rounded up 76 of her students on Tuesday to see Hidden Figures.
Not only did she schedule the cheese buses to take them to and fro, but used her own money to get the tickets.
Baker told 41 NBC it was worth it to give her kids an “alternate learning experience.”
“The goal of education to learn the truth, and because their textbooks do not include the full truth.” She continued, “As a parent, as an educator, and as a woman I want to be sure that I help expose the truth to my students.”
The story of three African American women working in NASA’s space program isn’t found in students’ textbooks but it’s one she says still needs to be told.
“I think about my students like my own children and I would have been remiss to not bring about some type of change in order to get them here to the theater to experience this truth,” she said.
Michael Barnathan, film producer for The Help, was next to light the torch in exposing melanin magnificence.
Barbarian bought out two theaters and provided lunch for LA students to see Hidden Figures.
Let’s not break this chain of goodness.
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“Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” star Karlie Redd makes our #wcw list for taking a five-day sojourn to Haiti. During the reality star’s visit to the mountainous region in central Haiti– Hinche–she gave out food, clothes and shoes to needy community members.
One little boy even received the shoes off Karlie’s feet. The Giving Hearts with Love Foundation, the org helping the “Top Five” star complete the mission to rebuild schools and distribute supplies to impoverished families, recounted the generous act on Facebook.
This angel took her shoes off and gave them to him. She made a choice to walk barefoot herself rather than turn her back and allow that child to continue to suffer.
Karlie recalls, also on Facebook, walking back from a burial site of the 2008 earthquake victims and spotted the barefoot boy.
Karlie Redd also used her Black girl magic to provide food and some muscle to build a local school and get it up and running.
Yesterday, she wrapped up her trip but not without getting a joyful farewell.
Next on the list is her homeland: Trinidad.
Must be nice to jaunt from one paradise to the next. And helping people in the process. Where do I sign up?
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Back-to-school motivation from some dapper Dans as kids enter first day of school.
In my best 50 cent “In Da Club” voice…
Go shawty…it’s a school day…we gonna cheer ya on while you stud-yyy.
Okay, that’s likely not what nearly 100 black Hartford, CT-based businessmen were chanting as local kids attended their first day of school on Tuesday.
The kids–mostly from single-parent homes–were greeted by a tribe (it takes a village, remember) of lawyers, cops, politicians, artists, activists commemorating the back-to-school milestone with high-fives and applause lined up outside their school. As if they were on the starting lineup of the UConn Huskies rather than elementary students entering Martin Luther King Junior School. Simultaneously, the same scene was recreated at Simpson Waverly School, a half-mile away.
Local pastor AJ Johnson, pal DeVaughn Ward and community activist Maurice Eastwood banded together to turn an idea on social media into a reality.
Pastor Johnson says the idea was to get 200 Black men to the elementary schools to give kids an inspiring welcome that could foster them throughout the year.
“Most of the kids there are raised by single moms, and you can see that as they were being dropped off, a lot of them had their moms drop them off,” Johnson said. “I think that this is an opportunity for educated black men to go in and grab a young man and show them what it really means to be a black male.”