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Misty Copeland does Degas

Edgar Degas was known for his impressionistic paintings of ballerinas. Misty Copeland is one of the greatest working ballerinas today. In a photo shoot that was nothing short of pure genius, Harper’s Bazaar brought them together and had Misty recreate some of Degas’s most famous works.

Head over to the link and check it all out, but give yourself plenty of time to stare at the beauty that is Misty/Degas. You’ll probably want to steal some of the pics for your desktop, the work is GORGEOUS. Just look at this:

My chin hit the desk when that popped up.

There’s plenty more where that came from. I’ll leave you with a behind the scenes video. You’re Welcome.

Amandla Stenberg graces the cover of Teen Vogue, profiled by Solange Knowles

Yes, you read that right, not only is Amandla Stenberg the cover girl for February’s Teen Vogue, but she is profiled inside by none other than Solange Knowles. Just how many levels of cool can one magazine article have? Teen Vogue seems to determined to find out.

The entire article is online in case you want to read it, but here are some highlights.

Solange on meeting Amandla:

There’s a secret language shared among black girls who are destined to climb mountains and cross rivers in a world that tells us to belong to the valleys that surround us. You learn it very young, and although it has no words, you hear it clearly. You sense it when you walk into rooms with your hair in full bloom, each coil glorious, your sway swift and your stance proud. You feel it like a rhythm you can’t shake if you even dared to quiet the sounds around you.

Our conversation quickly reveals that Amandla knows it all too well: “I think that as a black girl you grow up internalizing all these messages that say you shouldn’t accept your hair or your skin tone or your natural features, or that you shouldn’t have a voice, or that you aren’t smart,” she says. “I feel like the only way to fight that is to just be yourself on the most genuine level and to connect with other black girls who are awakening and realizing that they’ve been trying to conform.”

On Amandla’s comic book:

SOLANGE: So what’s the deal with your comic book, Niobe: She Is Life? It’s sitting right here. It looks incredible.

AMANDLA: Thank you! Growing up, I was always super into fantasy and The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones and all of that, but I could never find black characters whom I really liked. And so immediately I identified with Niobe, the lead character. She’s this rad black girl elf. It’s interesting because it is fantasy, but it’s also really kind of self-reflective. She’s finding her faith and finding her identity. And she’s going to keep growing until she becomes this warrior destined to unite the human world and the elf world. I think it’s officially the first comic book to be written by a black girl, starring a black girl [Niobe Ayutami], and illustrated by a black girl [Ashley A. Woods].

In addition, Amandla has co-directed a three video #BlackGirlMagic exclusive series for Teen Vogue. I couldn’t get the darn things to embed here but they can be found at this link.

 

HuffPost lists The Most Important Articles by POC

The Huffington Post has a list of 27 important articles by writers of color. Among the highlights relevant to this site:

Blackface Refuses to Die. Film critic Ashley Clark discusses the American tradition that won’t die, no matter how hard we try to kill it.

SerenaThe Meaning of Serena Williams. Claudia Rankine interviews Serena and discusses her impact on the black community.

I’m Not Grateful For Viola Davis’ Win — It Was Long Overdue. Ashley Ford puts his perspective on Viola’s historic win. viola-davis-03

You can check out the list at the link above. Please also share any other articles that did not make this list you think our readers would like in the comments!

Serena wins Sportsperson of the Year over a horse, cue outrage

Remember how I groused the other day about Serena William’s Sportsperson of the Year cover being too cheesecake? Oh honey, since then Serena getting over sexualized has turned in the least of our worries. Turns out I totally missed the real controversy; since I made that post I have seen internet explode with outrage that Serena won at all. You see she lost in the reader’s poll. To a horse.

OK to be fair it’s not just any horse, we’re talking American Pharoah here, the first horse to win a Triple Crown (Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes) since 1978 and the only horse in history to take the Grand Slam by winning the Triple Crown and the Breeder’s Cup. Yup he’s some extraordinary horse.

But he’s still just a horse.

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Serena Williams named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year, Given Pin Up Cover

Celebrate! Serena Williams was named Sport Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year! The first individual woman to be so named since 1983! Congratulations!

Then you see the cover:
Serena

Is this the Sportsperson of the Year issue or the swimsuit issue? Are those really her thighs or did they Photoshop? Did they really have to oil her up?

The guys don’t get the iphelps-jpgcheesecake treatment when they are named as Sportsman of the Year. Peyton Manning, Dwayne Wade, Madison Bumgarner were all posed in their uniforms. Even Micheal Phelps, whose work uniform is a dinky-ass Speedo barely showed any skin in his cover.

I’m torn here, I don’t like the fact that Serena was treated as some sort of sex object when they were supposed to be celebrating her athletic achievements, but it is kinda nice to a see a black woman treated as sexy and desirable. What do you all think?

THR’s White Girl cover shows us just how far movies haven’t come

The latest issue of the Hollywood Reporter has a bunch of white women on the cover. Yes, I know that white women dominating the cover of a major entertainment magazine is hardly news, except that these are the women that THR has dubbed the leading contenders for an Oscar this year. Think about it, a leading trade publication has declared that there are no WOC  in contention for the leading award in movies.

No, this is not a Downton Abbey  cast photo
No, this is not a Downton Abbey cast photo

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Time’s List of The 30 Most Influential Teens of 2015 has several POC

Time has published their list of The 30 Most Influential Teens of 2015 and scrolling through, you will see many faces of color. Actresses Zendaya, Amandla Stenberg, First Daughter Malia Obama and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai have all made the list.

In addition there are a few names you might not recognize, like 18 year old venture capital analyst Tiffany Zhong. Yes, you read that right and yes, I typed it right. Ms. Zhong is putting off college to look for the next Snapchat for Binary Capital. It’s enough to make this middle aged gal feel like a slacker.

To see the entire list, go here. If your ego can take it, that is.

The Face That Changed It All: Beverly Johnson

Beverly Johnson, the first black woman to grace the cover of Vogue, has written her auto biography titled The Face That Changed It All.

To celebrate the release of the book, Beverly had a Q&A session at the Museum of the City of New York hosted by none other than contributing editor at Vogue Andre Leon Talley.

Thanks to the Huffington Post, here are some highlights from that discussion:

On landing the cover of Vogue:

“I was so happy that I ran to a phone booth — some of y’all don’t even know what a phone booth is — and made a collect phone call to my mother. I was screaming, ‘I got the cover of Vogue! I got the cover of Vogue!’ She didn’t really know that was a big deal. And I remember going to the newsstand and going, ‘Oh my god, I forgot my money. I don’t have my purse on me. But this is me!’ And the guy said, ‘If that was you you’d have the money.’ That’s New York.”

On the power of being Vogue’s first black cover model:

“This is the only time in my life where I can say: Oprah, the First Lady, and Beyoncé came after me.”

On black culture’s influence on fashion:

“I believe that every culture contributes to fashion. But, I do remember Polly Mellen telling me, ‘You know where we got hot pants from? We used to go up to Harlem and we would just look at what all the community people were wearing.’

On why there are so few black designers represented in retail:

“There is so much talent and I’m mentoring some of these designers. But it’s a business and it’s a tough business. Retail is really tough. So I think it’s just a matter of time where we are able to combine the two — a good business acumen as well as extraordinary design.”

On the industry’s resistance to plus-size models in high fashion:

“Well actually, they’ve come around because they have really starting to understand now that the size of the American woman is a size 12. My daughter was a plus-size model. … When I was a model and we were super thin — people would look at us in the magazines and in real life and go, ‘Oh she’s a model!’ But they didn’t say, ‘I want to go look like her.’ But now we have to be responsible because young kids and adults look at models and try to emulate that figure — and it’s unrealistic.”

Taraji P Henson and Gina Rodriguez Share Glamour’s October Cover

The October Glamour Magazine focuses on TV and two of our favorite WOC are gracing the cover. Taraji P Henson and Gina Rodriquez split cover duties with Emma Roberts, talking about how they have broken racial barriers in Hollywood.

Remember during the Sony email scandal the executive talked about how a black person couldn’t open a film over seas? Well Taraji’s experience is some what different:

“[Cookie] is everybody’s alter ego. She crosses cultures,” Henson tells the magazine of her Empire character. “[Last year] we went to Paris and screened the pilot for a thousand people. Lee Daniels [the series’ co-creator] brought me onstage. The audience stood up on their feet and clapped. I cried because, for so long in Hollywood, I’ve been told that black women don’t do well overseas, that they can’t open a film overseas.”

Take that Sony!

Taraji’s Cover:
Taraji's Glamour Cover

Read the rest of her interview here.

According to Golden Globe winner Gina, her show isn’t “just a Latino” show:

“People say this is a Latino show. But this is just a show that happens to have people with ancestors who come from other countries,” she says.

Here’s her cover:
Gina's Glamour Cover

Read Gina’s interview here.