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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.

Misty Copeland wants to be called a Black Ballerina

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!

You can see the interview here or watch it on the Hoff Past:

Misty Copeland Producing a TV Show for Fox

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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.

Per Deadline:

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.

Yes, please!

Watch the trailer for A Ballerina’s Tale

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.

Ballet and Broadway: Misty Copeland is interviewed by the NYPost

The NYPost talks to Misty Copeland about her Broadway debut, her new fiancee, and her early life growing up in LA.

NEW YORK - AUGUST 14: For Pulse. Ballet dancer Misty Copeland is pictured in the Lyric Theatre on August 14, 2015. Copeland will star in her first broadway show dancing the role of 'Ivy Smith' in the current production of 'On The Town.' (Anne Wermiel/NY Post)
NEW YORK – AUGUST 14: For Pulse. Ballet dancer Misty Copeland is pictured in the Lyric Theatre on August 14, 2015. Copeland will star in her first broadway show dancing the role of ‘Ivy Smith’ in the current production of ‘On The Town.’ (Anne Wermiel/NY Post)

8 Magazines Feature Black Women on Their September Covers

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.