Watch Pharrell Williams, Kim Burell, and Lalah Hathaway ‘Hidden Figures’ Concert At TIFF

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Watch Pharrell Williams, Kim Burell, and Lalah Hathaway ‘Hidden Figures’ Concert At TIFF
Posted by Wilson Morales

September 11, 2016

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Yesterday, Toronto experienced HIDDEN FIGURES LIVE! Following select footage from Theodore Melfi’s new feature film Hidden Figures, an audience at the Toronto International Film Festival was treated to a live concert with performances by Pharrell Williams, Kim Burell, and Lalah Hathaway and appearances by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe!

The mathematician film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and singer Janelle Monáe.

Also featured in the film are Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, and Glen Powell.

Hidden Figures - Janelle Monáe, left, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer

Ted Melfi is the diretor of the film as well as a producer along with Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping through Chernin Entertainment; and Donna Gigliotti of Levantine Films. Grammy Award winner Pharrell Williams is also onboard as a producer and music composer.

Based on Margot Lee Shetterly book “Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race,” the film will focus on centers on Katherine Johnson (Henson), a brilliant African-American mathematician who, along with her colleagues Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) and Dorothy Vaughan (Spencer), served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history — the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and his safe return. The three women crossed all gender, race and professional lines while embarking on the mission.

Hidden Figures pic

Desperate to get ahead of the Russians, the nation’s space agency had hired the brainiest people it could find, among them Ms. Johnson, who, in 1937, graduated from college in West Virginia summa cum laude at 18. But, for years at the agency, women often worked in separate rooms from men, and the white women were segregated from the black women, who were known as “colored computers.” Ms. Johnson’s push to be heard by the men — her calculations, once they heeded her, proved invaluable — lies at the film’s narrative core.

Costner is set to play the head of the space program while Powell plays astronaut John Glenn, who was on the Friendship 7 mission in 1962 and became the first American to orbit the Earth.

“Hidden Figures” is set to hit theaters on January 13, 2017.

Hidden Figures Live

Pharrell Williams performs ‘Able’ from Hidden Figures at TIFF 2016

Pharrell Williams performs ‘Running’ from Hidden Figures at TIFF 2016

Lalah Hathaway performs ‘Surrender’ from Hidden Figures at TIFF 2016


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