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House of Mirrors: Jordan Peele’s Us Reflects My Split Selves

It wasn’t the first time I felt like I wasn’t in my own body. I sat across from the therapist, unsure if she was real or just a mirage I’d made up in my own head, a pixelated image to entertain me like the characters on TV who felt more real than flesh-and-blood companions. I wanted to reach across the room and poke her, but I knew that was against the rules. What finally did seem real was her diagnosis that I have depersonalization disorder.

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Interview with Sandi Bachom

For my job as story director at The MY HERO Project, I got to interview 75-year-old videographer Sandi Bachom. Sandi lives in New York City, in the area of the US most hit by COVID-19. Her video for NowThis about losing three friends to the virus has garnered over 9 million views in less than a month.

Read my story about Sandi and watch her video here.

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Margot Lee Shetterly: Shining a Light on Hidden Figures

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Margot Lee Shetterly for The MY HERO Project.

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Storytelling wasn’t something that I ever thought of as a source of power, per se, but it’s tremendously powerful.

Katherine Johnson, who recently passed away at age 101, has become a household name thanks to writer and researcher Margot Lee Shetterly. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson were African American mathematicians, at that time called “human computers,” who worked for NASA during the space race. Though their contributions were significant, their efforts were largely unrecognized before the publication of Shetterly’s groundbreaking 2016 biography, “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.” 

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