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I’m gonna be starring in an off-off-Broadway one act that’s going up this Wednesday and running this Wednesday-Sunday and next Wednesday-Sunday at the American Theatre of Actors (54th between 8th and 9th Ave).

I can’t promise a night of fabulous acting and even fabulouser writing, but it might be nice if someone felt like stopping by.

There’s actually two one-acts.

The first one is about a wife confronting her husband’s mistress.  It suffers a lot from Old Straight White Cis Guy syndrome and Dude Thinks He’s Not Just A Mediocre Writer syndrome; like one of the characters declares there’s just Something Wrong with her because she’s never been able to have a vaginal orgasm, the whole “breaking the hymen” thing, oh and the man she had this affair with – this brilliant writer of course – is such a kind caring magically wonderful man because he manages to make her orgasm and because he checks in with her to make sure she’s alright during their BDSM play.  But honestly?  It’s actually some of this guy’s better writing.

Trigger Warnings for all of that and also implied incestuous childhood rape (it’s never outright stated, but the character talks about how she always had an ominous feeling about the den in her childhood home like something terrible had happened down there, and the hymen bit immediately follows regarding her first remembered sexual experience to imply that she’d had sex before even though she didn’t remember it).

The piece I’m in is about a daughter catching her married father with a prostitute and that being the last straw for her to finally move out.

She’s the most pretentious twenty-something.

Trigger Warnings for some really vile slurs and insults used to reference the prostitute.

Go Sista! Ballerina Sets Record as the First Black Female Soloist at the American Ballet Theatre

Almost every day, there is a story that perpetuates and reinforces negative stereotypes and ideas about Black women. Many young girls are exposed to these images and they become so normative that these young ladies emulate what they see.  Whether it is reality TV shows or music videos, positive images of Black women in popular culture are hard to find. The reality is that there is no such thing as a monolithic Black woman and Misty Copeland is proof of that.

Misty Copeland is a young woman who is defying stereotypes and taking the ballet industry by storm. The beautiful and graceful Black ballerina is also making history. At the age of  30, Misty Copeland is the first black female in over 20 years to be a soloist at the American Ballet Theatre. Her journey is an inspirational one that emphasizes her tenacity and her unwillingness to give up and quit.  [Continue reading at Naturally Moi.]

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Ashley Murphy of Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ebony Williams of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and Misty Copeland of the American Ballet Theatre cover the June / July 2014 issue of Pointe magazine to voice their struggle of achieving notoriety in the dace world as professional ballerinas of color.

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Something rare is happening in the world of ballet: At the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., two African-American dancers will be the leads in The Washington Ballet’s production of Swan Lake: Misty Copeland, soloist with American Ballet Theatre, will dance the dual role of Odette and Odile, while Brooklyn Mack of The Washington Ballet will dance Prince Siegfried.

Copeland and Mack have something in common that is also rare for young African-Americans: teachers who saw their potential early on and broke the unwritten rule that all ballet dancers must look alike.

Who Gets To Dance In ‘Swan Lake’? The Answer Is Changing

Photo credit: Emily Jan/NPR

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Ok, can we take a moment to appreciate what an incredible friend and artist my friend Sydney is. She painted this herself for me for Christmas, and has kept totally quiet about it until now. She’s been painting it for MONTHS, and her mom estimated she worked about 80 or 90 hours on it total. There are 37 different Broadway shows represented, including all of my favorites. It is also important to note that she has very little interest in Broadway herself, and spent months listening to me ramble about it and secretly taking notes on all my favorite shows. The detail is incredible and these photos don’t really do it justice and I am a little bit overwhelmed by it all right now :)

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our new Live Who You Are ad campaign, shot by the incredible Annie Leibovitz. Each day, we’ll be releasing one new ad here as our “10am Special”, and give you an inside look at how our ad subjects live who they are.

Misty Copeland

Soloist, American Ballet Theatre®
Upper West Side, New York

gracefully proportioned

For leading soloist Misty Copeland, home is a stage on which to express herself. At Corcoran, we’ve learned to keep in step with your desires. Because only by getting to know what moves you can we ensure we find you the place that has you dancing on air. #livewhoyouare

Learn more at corcoran.com/livewhoyouare.

Watch the behind the scenes video here.