Chocolate Starved Lives Podcast
About This Show
Chocolate Starved Lives is a weekly entertainment podcast hosted by Danielle and Jarratt. We talk about a variety of generally light-hearted topics including food, tv, travel, weird news, Chocolate Star of the week, and Other People's Podcasts.
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CSL: Thoughts Out Loud - Hidden Figures
Contact Me: Danielle@frizzyfro.com
Hi, It’s Danielle here with a quick update about my experience with watching Hidden Figures this weekend.
It was a Friday afternoon, 12:40 PM Eastern to be exact, and I found myself sitting in a theater surrounded by elementary students who also planned to watch a movie.
As a personal note, if at all possible, don’t go to the movies when a school decides to bus in gaggles of children. Ask for a refund and comeback later, because…ugh. One child sat behind me and asked his friend numerous questions throughout the movie. Even his friend felt it was too much and told the boy, “be quiet and watch, and your questions will be answered”. LOL The boy was either too young to understand what was going on, or his teachers had not sufficiently prepared him for the movie. At one point the child asked if Katherine’s constant running to the bathroom was for comedic purposes.
Also, during any romantic and/or kissing scenes, the young audience members felt the appropriate response was to say “ewww” in unison.
Thankfully, there were some adults in the theater who laughed when adult level jokes were made. Their laughter reassured me that I was not alone in that sea of tiny humans.
Hidden Figures is the title of a book written by Margot Lee Shetterly, and a film starring Taraji P Henson as Katherine Goble Johnson, Janelle Monae as Mary Jackson, and Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan.
Johnson, Jackson, and Vaughan are real women who had truly inspiring stories that have been hidden from general public knowledge for years.
The movie gives us a glimpse into the personal and professional lives of these outstanding Black women at NACA and NASA during the time of The Space Race.
Each woman started her career as a part of the “colored computers” group. And each woman, in her own way, advanced her career and broke barriers for future women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
During their careers, Katherine became a physicist, Mary became an engineer, and Dorothy became a FORTRAN programmer. While Dorothy had other titles, this one touches me the most because my mother was also a programmer.
Released to a limited audience on December 25, 2016 and a wide audience on January 6, 2017, the film has a run time of 2 hours and 7 minutes and had a production budget of $25 million. As of this recording, the movie has grossed almost $40 mil