Like many little girls I wanted to be a ballerina as a child. Unfortunately, I have zero coordination skills and can barely manage the Cupid Shuffle. I still enjoy the ballet and try to see one performance a year. Through the Maker Project, I was made aware of Misty Copeland – the first soloist black ballerina for the American Ballet Theatre.
When I was growing up there weren’t a lot of famous people who looked like me. For that reason, my peers generally compared me to Oprah because it was the only other person of color they knew. I hated it. Thankfully, a lot has changed in the past two decades. Our pool of public figures is a lot more diverse and that makes me hopeful that young girls can avoid some of the challenges I faced.
Another reason I admire Misty is her figure. You can see every muscle in her body and I think its a positive contrast to the idea that ballerina’s must be rail thin and anorexic. I hope this Under Armour ad garners Ms. Copeland lots of media attention because she is a positive role model for so many.
Now on to the weekend… it’s a three day weekend for me which is nice. Tonight friends are coming over for a beer tasting party for next week’s Detroit Beer Week on the blog. Saturday is a family brunch and Gwenie will be spending the evening with us. Sunday it’s off to the Eastside to go to church with Granny and stop by Coffee and (______) for a delicious breakfast. I’ll also be assisting Mom with some household projects. Monday will be cleaning, errand running and – of course – Major Crimes!