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'Hidden Figures' Impact Shows Exactly Why Art is As Important | Black Excellence

The age old debate of science vs art is a ridiculous one. Hey humans and almost all living things, would you rather have water or air so you live and flourish? Sure, you can live longer without water, but will that be flourishing and growing? Some will argue that without science, we would not be able to live at all or it would be a very uncomfortable existence. But would a society be able to grow and flourish without art?

One of the best movies in recent years demonstrates why art is just as important as science. “Hidden Figures” blessed our large screens in 2016 and brought joyous tears to our eyes as we watched the story of three brilliant black females mathematicians who helped NASA put a man into space. The inspiration this movie has bestowed on the world continues to grow.

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, “Hidden Figures” has become the first Hollywood movie in history to inspire a publicly funded exchange program through the State Department for 50 women working in science, technology, engineering, and math in 50 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. These women will convene in the United States for three weeks and meet with organizations across the U.S. that promote STEM for women and girls.

This is the perfect marriage of science and art.

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Roman Debotch is a filmmaker, photographer, and co-founder of blackexcellence.com. Through the platform that is Black Excellence, she has been able to marry her passion for story telling with her passion for issues affecting the black community. Roman earned her B.A. in Film and TV Studies and ventured into the world of video production after college. She produced music, corporate, and event videos for years before co-founding BlackExcellence.com. Since then, she has been working as a contributor to the platform as well as continuing her video production business. The very limited time Roman is away from either writing or shooting a video, she can be found hiking or enjoying one of Southern California's beautiful beaches.

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