Sunday, August 16, 2015
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
One more reason to love her.
Posted: 08/10/2015 02:38 PM EDT | Edited: 08/10/2015 02:40 PM EDT
This is an excerpt from Essence magazine's September 2015 cover story "Stepping Up" about American Ballet Theatre ballerina Misty Copeland. The article was written by Julee Wilson, senior fashion editor at The Huffington Post.
“…One of Copeland’s most endearing qualities, beyond dancing on her toes and making it look easy, is the fact that she’s so unapologetically Black. ‘It’s easy for someone who isn’t Black or other or who has never experienced racism to dismiss what I’m saying…it’s easier for them to say, ‘Why do you focus so much on that? You’re a beautiful dancer.’ But the reason I’m here and I have this voice is because I’m Black.’ Copeland tells me that she has never tried to pretend that ballet doesn’t have a race problem. She recounts times fellow dancers told her that some American Ballet Theatre (ABT) staff members were overheard saying, ‘Misty stands out too much because of her skin color.’
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Sunday, August 2, 2015
As soon as the interviewer slips into the script, you’ve lost him or her. Do you know what the hiring manager is thinking, the minute s/he gets finished saying “Why don’t you walk me through your resume?” and you start talking? The manager is thinking “If I can get out of here at 4:15 p.m. I can make it to the dry cleaner before they close.”
They’re not really paying attention to you as you walk through your career history. They’re off in the their own mind somewhere.
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