Octavia Spencer Buys Out Hidden Figures Screening for L.A. Families During MLK Weekend

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Actress and recent Golden Globe nominee Octavia Spencer provided a free screening of her critically acclaimed film Hidden Figures for Los Angeles families who may not be able to afford to see it.


The actress bought out the 8 p.m. screening Friday at a Baldwin Hills movie theater for the Martin Luther King Day weekend, she announced in an Instagram post that day.


“If you know a family in need that would like to see our movie but can’t afford it have them come,” Spencer wrote. “It’s first come first served. My mom would not have been able to afford to take me and my siblings. So, I’m honoring her and all single parents this #mlkweekend Pass the word.”

Spencer stars alongside Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monáe in the film about the brilliant black women who were integral in the U.S. space race against Russia.

It was No. 1 at the box office last weekend, beating out Star Wars’ Rogue One.

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Senior Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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I had the pleasure of seeing Hidden Figures earlier this week, and I still can’t get over how good it was. Everyone should definitely get a chance to see it.

Good on Octavia for doing this!