The ceremony won’t be televised until Sept. 9, but on Sunday night at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, N.J., black girl magic was on full display as an array of our established and future icons hit the red carpet for Black Girls Rock! 2018.
Updated Thursday, July 26 2018 at 3:30 p.m. EDT:
On a hot, muggy summer day earlier this month, there were two lines stretching from the doors of New York City’s Metropolitan Opera House to its iconic fountain. The Met wasn’t giving out free ice cream and Cardi B had canceled all of her performances until September, so what could have caused such a mammoth queue?
Misty Copeland is making boss moves.
Misty Copeland, the first black ballerina to earn the coveted title of principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, is known for smashing ceilings and breaking down barriers, heavily promoting diversity in an industry that is still sadly lacking in representation.
“The systemic structure made to keep me in place, is the stage I dance on. Black and woman. Motherships my mother’s hips beheld deep space … ” begin the words of the Under Armour campaign starring Misty Copeland and Saul Williams. It is beauty personified.
Misty Copeland isn’t letting the fact that she’s endorsed by Under Armour get in the way of her speaking out against the company’s CEO, Kevin Plank, and his pro-Donald Trump stance. The ballerina took to Instagram to explain why she disagrees with Plank.
Misty Copeland has gone from living in a motel to dancing on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House. Literally.