"You guys know about vampires? … You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all. I was like, “Yo, is something wrong with me? That the whole society seems to think that people like me don’t exist? And part of what inspired me, was this deep desire that before I died, I would make a couple of mirrors. That I would make some mirrors so that kids like me might see themselves reflected back and might not feel so monstrous for it."
It’s great to see MacArthur Foundation, Open Badges, Cathy Davidson, and DML featured on The Chronicle’s map of the MOOC ecosystem this week. Open Badges don’t aim to disrupt traditional college credit necessarily, but they are an interoperable method to demonstrate skills and interests in powerful visual ways.
Today, there are 7 billion people on the planet. But what if the world were 100 people? How would they be distributed according to gender, age, geography or religion? How many do you think would be literate? If you guessed 83 out of 100 people, you would be right.
All women are beautiful. The world does not always let you know this though. I love sharing old pictures of black women in new places and new ways so we can see that black women have always been beautiful just like all women are. It is even more important too see that black women were always beautiful because when we see pictures of how things used to be, they are usually called “bad” or “not good”. No person or time was ever only bad or good. Things and people and life have always been more than how we imagine them or what we learn in school. Because we can see pictures now that we could not see in the past, and because we see, and take, and, make, and share more pictures now than ever before, we can see old pictures in new ways because the way we play with pictures has changed.