Inspiration vs. Stealing - A Lesson From Chris Devins' Michelle Obama Mural Debacle

Inspiration vs. Stealing - A Lesson From Chris Devins' Michelle Obama Mural Debacle

Remixing is an important technique in artistic compositions. We see it in all forms of art from musical to visual art. The idea is simple - take a concept, extract something, then make something different from it. In most cases that something different becomes it's own artistic creation that can stand on it's own.

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Joy is the New Currency - My Trip To Jackson, Miss. (Via Counter Narrative Project)

Joy is the New Currency - My Trip To Jackson, Miss. (Via Counter Narrative Project)

In December, 2016, I visited Jackson, Mississippi for the first time. In 2014, the Human Rights Campaign reported that Jackson had the fourth highest rate of HIV infections in the country. I wanted to learn more about the city and HIV activism there. I also wanted to learn ways we could assist and possibly participate in activities. I had several meetings while visiting including an inspired conversation about what a National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) weekend of events could look like with My Brother’s Keeper, Inc. (MBK). I was grateful to get the call for Counter Narrative Project to thought partner and come in to participate in a weekend of events for NBHAAD.

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