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What I Be Project, Steve Rosenfield
Photographer Steve Rosenfield recently asked subjects far and wide to complete the following statement: "I am not my ___ ". He prompted individuals to fill in the blank with their deepest and darkest insecurities, moving people to bring issues regarding body image, substance abuse, mental illness, race and sexuality to the forefront. The results of the social experiment of sorts is a photography series titled the What I Be Project, an intimate examination of the anxieties and inhibitions that plague men and women of all ages.
The “What I Be Project” is all about honesty.
In today’s society, we are told to look or act a certain way. If we differ from these “standards,” we are often judged, ridiculed, and sometimes even killed over them.
By stating “I am not my_____,” people are claiming that they do in fact struggle with these issues, but it does not define who they are as a person. It is not aimed for people to say “You’re not fat,” or “You don’t have love handles.” It is to spread awareness on what people go through due to society’s paved roads. These are serious issues that some of us can live with, but most battle on a day to day basis.
- I am not my shame.
- I am not my gender.
- I am not my image.
- I am not my turban.
- I am not my weakness.
- I am my amputation.
- I am not my bi-polar disorder.
- I am not my adoption.
- I am not my number.
- I am not my vision.
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If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.
- Albert Einstein (via mmmmilk)
Neil deGrasse Tyson: Cosmos’s Master of the Universe
“A Higgs boson goes into a church. …”
Neil deGrasse Tyson—America’s best-known astrophysicist, with more than 1.5 million followers on Twitter—is telling a joke to the team shooting his photo for the cover of Parade. Standing in the American Museum of Natural History in New York, he continues: “And the priest says, ‘We don’t allow Higgs bosons here.’ And the Higgs boson says, ‘But without me there is no mass.’ ” Bada bing!
He’s got another. “A photon walks into a bar and orders a drink,” Tyson begins, his resonant bass voice bubbling up from his 6-foot-2 frame. “The bartender says, ‘Do you want a double?’ And the photon says, ‘No, I’m traveling light.’ ” Bada boom!
Everyone laughs, without necessarily knowing that a photon is a tiny particle of light, or that the Higgs boson, the so-called “God particle,” gives everything physical mass. Tyson’s delivery is so enticing, his playfulness so charming, it’s no wonder Jon Stewart repeatedly features him on The Daily Show. “It’s one thing to be a lauded astrophysicist,” Stewart says. “It’s another to possess a gift for comedic timing. You don’t normally get both, but that’s Neil.”
At 55, Tyson is a science rock star whose passion for the laws of nature is matched by his engaging explanations of topics ranging from the mystery of dark matter to the absurdity of zombies. Starting in March, he will become an even bigger cultural phenomenon as he hosts Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, a 13-part, prime-time series airing on both Fox and the National Geographic Channel that will, in Tyson’s words, help you “understand your relationship to other humans, to the rest of the tree of life on Earth, to the rest of the planets in the universe, and to the rest of the universe itself. I want it to get inside your skin. I want you to be so affected that the world looks completely different.”
It has been 34 years since PBS aired the original Cosmos series, subtitled A Personal Journey and hosted by Carl Sagan, another popularizer of science (and frequent Parade contributor) and one of Tyson’s mentors. The 1980Cosmos riveted some 750 million viewers in more than 175 countries and became an Emmy and Peabody award–winning megahit; its accompanying book occupied the New York Times best-seller list for more than a year. Sagan regularly bantered on late-night TV with Johnny Carson, who donned a turtleneck sweater, a corduroy jacket, and a mop of a wig to lampoon the astronomer’s awe at the “billions and billions” of galaxies out there—a phrase never actually uttered by Sagan in the series, but one that became his signature nevertheless. When Sagan died in 1996 at 62, his legacy was as infinite as the show’s opening line: “The cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be.”
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