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The Power of Failure

Article: The Power of Failure

This episode starts on a low note. The grades are posted from the students’ first test – and almost everyone’s failed.

A moment later, Ellie says, “People said I was stupid… I started believing it. I started becoming it.”

In Episode One, almost every kid in the school said they didn’t study or that they didn’t care – in effect striving for failure… to be the person that they think everyone thinks they are.

They were reaffirming themselves as stereotypical dropouts. Ironic as Soledad O’Brien, their teacher this week, immediately digs into the question of, what do people assume about you when they look at you? And then she asks, “who are you really?” – and the answers are diametrically different from the previous ones.

Art Buzz: Hugo Boss Prize finalists & a musical shantytown in New Orleans

Article: Art Buzz: Hugo Boss Prize finalists & a musical shantytown in New Orleans

Hugo Boss Prize Finalists Announced: Six finalists including Danh Vo, Qiu Zhijie and Monika Sosnowska have been announced for this year’s Huge Boss prize, which awards a $100,000 grant as well as a dedicated exhibit at the Guggeinheim to innovators in the contemporary art scene. A winner won’t be announced until next fall, but the nomination alone is sure to launch the young artists into the spotlight, at least for the next twelve months.

Jell-O Mold Competition winners!

Article: Jell-O Mold Competition winners!

The extremely awesome annual Jell-O Mold Design Competition was held in late June, but for those who didn’t attend or didn’t know it was going on (I forgive you this time), photos of the winning colorful jiggly treats have just been released and they do not disappoint. As a precursor, this is not your grandma’s Jell-O (you will see no bits of food floating in a big, bulbous, gelatinous mountain), this ain’t even Bill Cosby’s Jell-O – remember those wimpy letter molds everyone in the commercials thought were so exciting? Girl, please – you’re gonna have to try a little harder than that.