THIS IS SO FUCKING IMPORTANT!
black ballerina excellence
So gorgeous and elegant
Why is this important? i see a girl doing ballet, stop outlining difference, its important we just admire the skills, and afore mentioned ellegance
First of all shut the fuck up and have several seats
and heres why in Michaela’s own words what she had to go through beig BLACK and still goes through
When she was around 8 and rehearsing for The Nutcracker, just a few days before the performance she was told, “I’m sorry, you can’t do it. America’s not ready for a black girl ballerina.”
For Michaela, “to say this to an 8-year-old is just devastating. It was terrible.”
When she was 9, a teacher told her mother: “I don’t like to put money into black dancers because they grow up and end up having big boobs and big hips.”
The dancer looked down at her petite figure and protested, “I don’t have boobs. I don’t get it.”
Instead of getting her down, “It makes me more determined,” she said. “Because I’ve been through so much, I know now that I can make it and I can help other kids who have been in really bad situations realize that they can make it too.”
This is why it is important, for little Black girls to see a black ballerina made it despite being discriminated against because of her skin color!!!
If I could just put my incredible insignificant two cents in here…
I grew up a ballet dancer. One year at Nutcracker auditions (I was… 13 I think) the “judges” were putting one of my friends through the Clara audition sequence and one of the girls turned to my little group of friends and I, leaned over and said, with a very disgruntled look on her face: “she can’t be Clara… she’s black.”
My friend was a tan Korean.
Not even black.
It took every ounce of me to not smack the bun off her head. The “judges” were watching. I wanted a part. In retrospect, I should have done it anyway.
I only said: “she’s amazing, though, and deserves the part.”
Michaela is amazing. She lived in an orphanage in Sierra Leone during the civil war after her father was shot by rebels and her mother starved to death. She has vitiligo and was called a “devil’s child” because of it. She fled to a refugee camp after her orphanage was bombed and she was later adopted when she was 4 along with her sister Mia even though her adoptive parents were only planning on adopting Mia. Because of her vitiligo no one wanted to adopt her, but they did. Her mother has to dye the nylon parts of all her costumes by hand because they don’t make them in her skin colour. She’s faced a ton of adversity in her life, and continues to in part because of racism towards her as a black ballerina. Everybody should watch the documentary First Position on Netflix. She’s one of the stars in it and it’s awesome.
We couldn’t find any Carmel Gelatto in Charlotte (mostly because we didn’t look for it), but a well place ice cream truck was nice! And yummy! Also fun fact: my husband anarchris took these photos while dressed up as Hawkeye ( Aka The damaged one).
Secret Avengers is a really fun book with some great characters and you should read it! Heroescon is also a great con you should also attend! Ice Cream is swell too, just incase you weren’t aware of that.
Resubmitting this because the original did not cite the original author, and plagirizing of WoC’s work is a serious and rampant issue. We cannot allow them to do this difficult work without acknowledging the value of their work. If you reblogged, please delete the original and reblog this version.
ooc: Reblogging because holy shit.
I aspire to be this woman when I’m older.
This woman was born before women were legally allowed to vote.
So don’t think for a second that she’s joking when she sees you trying to take that right away, Republicans.
Dascha Polanco, Appreciation Post.
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People have offered many potential explanations for this discrepancy, but this ad highlights the importance of the social cues that push girls away from math and science in their earliest childhood years.
FALSE. Fathers who ask for sole custody are far more likely to get it. It’s just that they don’t ask, mostly women do. Men win custody over women even if they are ostensibly unfit. More and more, judges and parents rule in favor of 50/50 custody. In fact, in the past ten years, the men’s rights movement has been devastating to women seeking custody in court and women are awarded sole custody about half as many times as men.
So find a new fucking myth.
Always reblog, because I’ve noticed the media salivating over all these *white* weed entrepreneurs for being so “ingenious” and “savvy businessmen”, while ignoring the the mostly Black, Brown and poor victims and survivors of Amerikkka’s “War On Drugs”, and the ongoing racist and classist injustices that keep locking away Black, Brown and poor people in masses while giving white people who commit the same offenses less or no jail time at all.
And it costs like $8,000 non-refundable application fee to even get started running a legal weed shop.
WHO had access to that kinda money?