By Tom Siebert
Mary Jackson, Katherine G. Johnson, and Dorothy Vaughan were three African American women who rose above racism and sexism to help launch white male astronauts into space in the segregated 1960s and bring them safely back to Earth. In the astonishingly great movie Hidden Figures, this trio of NASA mathematicians is played with humanity and humor by Janelle Monåe, Taraji P. Henson, and Octavia Spencer, all of whom deserve Oscars. I shed tears of anguish at the cruel indignities that these women endured but quietly wept with joy as they overcame with brains and bravery. I give Hidden Figures four E’s for edification, education, entertainment, and excellence.