The Quick Read: ‘Hidden Figures’ Inspiration and NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson To Be Honored By Alma Mater 

Christopher Polk

Niki McGloster Jun, 06, 2018

Here’s all the news you need to know:

NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson will receive a bronze statue from her alma mater, West Virginia State University. Johnson, whose calculations bested computers and helped launch the first U.S. space flights, will also have a $100,000 scholarship awarded to underrepresented students majoring in STEM fields in her honor. The statue will be unveiled Aug. 25. (The Root)

Donald Glover is on a shortlist of actors being considered to play Willy Wonka. Warner Bros. has commissioned a new film about the fictional character most famously portrayed by Gene Wilder. Directed by Paddington’s Paul King, the forthcoming film is said to be a prequel. The Atlanta writer will have to beat out Ryan Gosling and Ezra Miller to snatch the iconic role. (Shadow And Act)

Lee Daniels is reportedly in talks to direct a Billie Holiday biopic. Sources say the Empire director is eyeing R&B soul singer Andra Day to star as the legendary musician role alongside LaKeith Stanfield. The film is in early phases as its still looking for a studio and deals are still being confirmed. (Variety)

Tyrese is seeking primary custody of his daughter Shayla so that she can live with him in Atlanta. According to court documents, the 39-year-old actor wants to remove the constant interference in his “relationship and custodial time” with Shayla from his ex-wife. He also claims his daughter will enjoy a quieter life away from the paparazzi in Los Angeles. A judge has yet to rule on the request. (People)

President Trump will host a dinner at the White House on Wednesday (June 6) to celebrate the Muslim Holy Month, Ramadan. Last year, Trump broke nearly two decades of tradition by not hosting the iftar, the meal Muslims eat after sunset during this time. This news comes as a shock since he has been a beacon of inflammatory anti-Muslim hate speech and has also tried to pass a “Muslim ban” during his presidency. (CNN)

Zendaya is set to play the lead role in HBO’s new drama, Euphoria. The series is a story of vices, including drugs, sex, and social media, told by a drug-addicted 17-year-old girl named Rue, who Zendaya will portray. Brian “Astro” Bradley, Nika King and nine others round out the cast. (Variety)

Crayola and Asos have just teamed up to launch a 58-piece collection of makeup. The exclusive line offers 94 shades and features 24 face crayons, 12 lip and cheek colors, five eyeshadow palettes, three mascaras and highlighters all in fan-favorite hues, including cerulean and periwinkle. Prices starting at $14. (Refinery29)