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.
Misty Copeland has embraced the label “black ballerina” with gusto. As the first black female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater tells the Huff Post:
“…it’s so rare and because it’s an issue and because it’s been my path and my struggle. I’m not going to deny or pretend that that’s not who I am,” Copeland told host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani. “And I think that just because I’m now in this position as a principal dancer doesn’t mean all of a sudden I’m going to drop the fact that I’ve had all of these obstacles and so many are continuing to have it. Just because I’m here doesn’t mean racism goes away in the ballet world.”
What? You mean one black dancer doesn’t mean we are living in a post-racial world? A lot of people are going to be disappointed to hear that, Misty!
Be still my beating heart! Misty Copeland has been on fire lately, from being named the first black principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre to having a documentary made about her amazing life. Now she can add television producer to her long list of accomplishments.
Misty Copeland, who broke barriers and defied convention to emerge as a ballet superstar, has teamed with rising writer Tracy Oliver for a drama set in the world of dance. The untitled project, which has been set up at Fox through 20th Century Fox TV, follows a young, hip and diverse group of aspiring dancers as they fiercely compete for places in a top ballet company.
A Ballerina’s Tale, the story of Misty Copeland, the first black woman to be named a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater, will be released October 14 to theaters and video-on-demand.
Misty’s career is ground breaking not for a couple of reasons. Not only is she a WOC, but she doesn’t fit the traditional ballerina aesthetic. Misty ain’t no traditional anorexic dancer, this gal has muscles you can see. I have actually seen her criticized on-line for her muscular legs. Personally I think muscular legs are just fine for a dancer, but haters gotta hate. Her talent however speaks for itself, and the American Ballet Theater, one of the most prominent ballet companies in American and the world liked what it said.
Misty didn’t let hate or injuries stop her. Here’s the trailer for her inspiring tale.
With only two weeks of prep and one “put-in” rehearsal, ballerina Misty Copeland stepped in the Broadway role of Miss Turnstiles in On the Town. See the video of her preparation on the Huffington Post here. Sorry, it’s Abode Flashplayer so I can’t imbed the video here
After the disappointment of Elle magazine featuring only one WOC in their birthday spread – here’s a link to the discussion on our forum of that debacle – September is shaping up to be a big month for black women in the magazine industry no less than 8 WOC have made the covers of major magazines. While the magazine industry still has a long way to go before we can call it diverse, this is progress.
See the gallery below, hover your mouse over the picture to see the name of the cover girl and the magazine.