Thursday, November 24, 2016

John Malveaux: Janelle Monae crosses over from making music to spotlighting unsung heroes in 'Hidden Figures'; Hidden Figures

Janelle Monae

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Tre'vell Anderson - Contact Reporter

November 4, 2016

If you know Janelle Monae, you know her as a high-energy, Afro-futuristic musician. Others recognize her as an “easy, breezy, beautiful” Covergirl. This winter, however, everyone will know her as an actor as she stars in “Hidden Figures,” which opens in limited release Christmas Day — on the heels of a supporting turn in Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight.” The film, which will be her first major role, pinpoints the secret to America’s success in the space race: a group of black women, known as “computers,” who served as the brains behind many of NASA’s early successes. It’s a story, Monae said, that made her emotional when she first read the script.

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