One Small Step For Moss Side

Mae Jemison

Who knew that life in Outer Space was so fragile?

Watching Tim Peake’s spacewalk on StargazingLive had the nation on tenterhooks and me on the edge of my seat as the obvious became apparent, for the first time: this Starman stuff is an extraordinarily dangerous life-and-death gig.

Nigerian Mummy on Tim Peake: “How come he doesn’t fall when he is The Space? I think there’s something fishy going on.”

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Ikem Nzeribe on Friday, 15 January 2016


“Who’s heard of Mae Jemison?” I asked last night as I kicked off our first Hour Of Code. I was dazzled by this all-singing, all-dancing Superwoman in my teenage years, but I understand why there’s such ambivalence to science and technology in our communities.

How does a community that had really been the object of scientific and medical scrutiny for generations — with really negative outcomes — come to see science and technology as a positive thing, or something that can be used for self-knowledge and liberation?

So asks Alondra Nelson in The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations And Reconciliation After The Genome. It’s one hell of a question – and this is a beginning – so my answer would be: “With baby steps.”

The Inaugural #HourOfCode