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From Chicago to Washington DC, they want those in need to see the inspirational film

Jan, 21, 2017

Taraji P. Henson and Pharrell Williams are paying it forward!

Taking a cue from Octavia Spencer, both Henson and Williams have bought out screenings of Hidden Figures at movie theaters in Virginia, Georgia, Illinois, Texas and Washington D.C. on Sunday. Spencer paid for a free screening of the critically-acclaimed film earlier this month, saying that her own mother would not have been able to afford to take her and her siblings.

Henson, who plays the lead role as NASA physicist and mathematician Katherine Johnson, was inspired to do the same in Houston, Chicago, Atlanta, and of course, her hometown of Washington D.C. On Instagram, she said she was moved by Spencer and “similar actions taken by so many of YOU across the country.” Anonymous donors have been buying out whole screenings. 

Pharrell, who is a producer and composer of the flick, is doing the same thing in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Va.—his hometown.

“This movie means so much to me [and] I want to share it with you,” he tweeted.

Janelle Monae, who is also in the movie, shared her support, telling her Instagram followers in Atlanta to head to the screening at Morrow, Ga. --an Atlanta suburb.


Hidden Figures was the top movie in the country for two straight weeks, beating out the likes of Star Wars' Rogue One,  Martin Scorsese’s Silence and Ben Affleck’s Live by Night

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