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Taraji P Henson Will Star In A Movie About NASA’s Black Female Mathematicians 

Sometimes it’s hard to separate Taraji P Henson from the delicious craziness of Cookie Lyon, but the Golden Globe  winning actress just signed on to a role nothing like her loud, cheetah print loving, alter ego.

Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the “Empire” star has been cast in the new film Hidden Figures from Fox 2000 and everything about the movie just oozes Black girl magic!

The plot for the movie follows the true story of the group of Black women who played a key role in the first NASA space launch back in the 60s.

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The film is an adaptation of the Margot Lee Shetterly book, “Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race,” and is slated for release January 2017 during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

Henson will be playing math genius Katherine Johnson. No word yet on casting of Johnson’s colleagues Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson but best believe we’re beyond excited to see!

These three women were the brain power behind launching John Glenn into space, making him the first man to orbit the earth in 1962, just further proving that being a Black girl is lit!

Ariel Leconte

Ariel Leconte

Ariel is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and creator of Revolutionary In Pink Pumps blog. She is equally obsessed with social justice, lipstick, culture, and red wine.