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The Movie Every Woman Should See…

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After the election upset, women lost faith. We had crashed the glass ceiling and we all thought Hillary would be the first woman President. Well that didn’t happen and the whole world is ready to scream I told you so with the “so” called choice. But I digress…

This movie was made before the election but its message rings true and its more relevant than ever. “Hidden Figures” is doing more than making a mark on history, its is sweeping every category and won the SAG award for best picture tonight. This is one of the most competitive Oscar races in recent history. “Fences” “La La Land” and this movie have managed to take almost every category. The funny thing is that I knew about this movie months before anyone else. It was one of the darlings of the film festival circuit. Premiered at TIFF, I picked three movies I absolutely had to see. “Catfight”, “The Belko Experiment” and this one. It is the ultimate chick flick. It shows that girls can do it all. It is a testament to black history, but more than that. It is a testament to women’s history as well.

The movie begins with the young Katherine taken from her school because of her gift of working with math and numbers. Flash forward, Katherine is now an adult and played by that minx of music Taraji P Henson (Cookie on Empire) . Katherine and her two friends Dorothy and Mary.( Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae). The three of them work as computer counters at Langley for NASA. Their job is checking numbers as the US competes with Russia for the race for space. Unfortunately these women  are fighting two battles , one as a woman the other as a colored women. They encounter colored bathrooms and at the same time not being allowed to be in meetings that are crucial to the future Apollo space program because they are women. They faced discrimination at every turn. But there are others in this award winning cast that should be given credit for their performances as well. Kevin Costner deserves kudos as Al Harrison , the man who tore down the barriers to let these women do their jobs. Kirsten Dunst pushed the envelope as the woman who finally accepted the women and admired what they had  accomplished. Jim Parsons showed his versatility of jumping from comedy to drama to portray Paul Stafford. Stafford had the most trouble accepting the women because of the way society had taught him. These three women went further and were single handledly one of the most valued assets that the United States had in accomplishing one of the biggest events in history. That event was landing on the moon.

I think that every mother and daughter should see this movie. Not just black girls, but all girls. Just like the blacks, our struggle still isn’t over. If a little girl is called a freak because she likes math or is a geek, she should know the story of these women. She should know she is not alone. Another reason to see this movie is the powerhouse talents in this ensemble. Everyone from Oscar nominated Octavia Spencer to multi Emmy award winning Jim Parsons. Run don’t walk to see this movie that is breaking all records and winning all the awards. Mind you , it will be a film experience that you will not soon forget.

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A cop stops Mary, Katherine, and Dorothy and gives them a hand.

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Glenn Powell plays the charming John Glenn as he meets the girls responsible for his trip into space.

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Katherine (Taraji) finally feels like an equal when she stands with her fellow NASA workers as they watch Friendship 7 launch

He Now Belongs to the Universe….Leonard Nimoy

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He was an icon to a generation, a role model for geeks, and a member of one of the most successful science fiction franchises in history. Today in Los Angeles, Leonard Simon Nimoy passed into immortality. The actor had dedicated his life to his craft, but he will forever be known as the “voice” of logic , Mr. Spock on the original television series “Star Trek.” The series only lasted three years, but spawned an entire merchandise line, several feature films, and four spin off series . The official cause of death was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Nimoy was born on March 26,1931 in Boston , Massachusetts to Dora and Max Nimoy. Nimoy had been raised an orthodox speaking Jew. His parents had immigrated from Izaslav , separately and uniting in the United States. Leonard starting acting quite early and he used it when he had enlisted in the Army Special Services. He made his rounds in Hollywood doing roles on all the big shows of the era like “Perry Mason,” Bonanza,” and “Gunsmoke.”As well as acting , Nimoy was a singer, songwriter, photographer, and director.

Nimoy was first cast in the original pilot of “Star Trek” . He later described his co star and Captain, William Shatner as his “brother.” The first time that the actors worked together was prior to the sci -fi series. Nimoy played the villain and Shatner was a reluctant recruit on “The Man from Uncle.” In 1966, he became the half Human-half Vulcan officer on the USS Enterprise. The role garnered Nimoy three Emmy nominations. He continued the role until 2013 when he made a brief appearance in JJ Abrams directed “Star Trek Into Darkness.” The sign that he was most known for “Live, long and prosper.” with the bent finger salute came from his childhood. He said in an interview that it came from the blessing of the Jewish priests.

In later years , Nimoy became a semi regular character on the series “Fringe.” He retired from acting in 2010 . He was also instrumental in casting the role of “Spock” in the JJ Abrams movies. The main reason for retiring was so that Zachary Quinto could step into the media spotlight as “Spock.” His last appearance was a voice over on “The Big Bang Theory” as a Spock action figure that talked to Sheldon. The episode was called “The Transporter Malfunction.”

In his personal life he embraced his Jewish roots and was involved in many Holocaust projects . Nimoy also confessed that he had become an alcoholic and entered into rehab. He claimed that the character was responsible for influencing his own thought process and life. He also wrote two books “I am Not Spock” and “I Am Spock.” He married his first wife actress Sandra Zober in 1954. He married his second wife and widow , Susan Bay in 1989. He is survived by two children Adam by his first wife and Julie by his second wife.

My only exposure to Mr. Nimoy was because of my late father. He was a man that was indeed ahead of his time. My father not only watched “Star Trek” but also embraced the theories that he talked about on the program “In Search Of.” Most actors spend their whole lifetimes just trying to get work and it is a blessing when an actor gets that once in a lifetime role that transports them into immortality. Leonard Nimoy was that and more. He was an icon for an entire generation. He will certainly be missed and Chitownstarconnections sends all of those who loved him their prayers.

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Here is Leonard in one of his early roles. He appeared as “Hansen” on the episode of “The Twilight Zone” called “A Quality of Mercy.”

live long and prosperHere he is as the logical half human -half Vulcan of the original “Star Trek”. Live long and prosper.

nimoy directedNimoy directed two of the “Star Trek” movies. Here he is with the late Gene Roddenberry and DeForrest Kelley, as well as William Shatner

spock and kirk“He was like a brother to me.” tweeted William Shatner today when asked about his friend’s death. This is one of the greatest bromances of all  time.

leonard-nimoy-zachary-quintoHere is Leonard Nimoy with the young man who took up the Spock role , Zachary Quinto

big_bang_theory_leonard_nimoy_a_lHere is Leonard on the set of the last television appearance “The Big Bang Theory”with Emmy award winning Jim Parsons.

leonard-nimoy-spock-star-trek-2You will live in our hearts , long after you are gone from this earth, and we will prosper because we knew you

1931-2015