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​She's A Photographer Who Captures Humanity — Yet So Many View Her Work In Only One Way

I was struck by what this talented visual artist, Carrie Mae Weems, had to say about how her work — which explores African-American identity, class, and culture — is viewed by the world. I love when she talks about getting rid of stereotypes so that humanity, not race, can shine through.

​She's A Photographer Who Captures Humanity — Yet So Many View Her Work In Only One Way

Here are moments she really nails it:

— (0:38) “[F]or the most part, when I’m viewed by the world, I’m viewed only in relationship to my black subjects even though I’m a very complex woman working on many, many different levels."

— (1:26) "[G]ender is a starting point, race is a starting point, but ultimately the work is really about the complicatedness of monogamy and the relationship of women with their friends and other women and the relationship of women with their children. ... [The work] speaks to our deeper humanity.”

Need a mood boost to help you sail through the weekend? Here are 10 moments that brought joy to our hearts and a smile to our faces this week. Enjoy!

1. How much does this sweet little boy adore his baby sister? So darn much.

Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

2. Teens raise thousands for their senior trip, then donate it to their community instead.

When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

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