Misty Copeland, black ballerina, ballet, dance, Misty Copeland first black woman soloist

Misty Copeland is the Baddest Chick in the Game

Misty… Ms. Copeland, if you’re nasty, is only the second black woman ever, like EVER EVER, to become a soloist in the American Ballet Theatre. When most little girls start ballet with crayons in their hands, Misty didn’t take her first lesson until she was 13.  The sister is THAT bad.  Not this new age “bad” where all you need is a big booty and can twerk, but BEE-AAYEE-DDEE, bad. Misty Copeland

In her memoir, “Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina,” she tells her story of poverty and pain.  How her mother and 5 siblings ended up living in a motel to her dance teacher bringing her protege to live with her.

In the March 2014 issue of Teen Vogue you can read some more of Misty’s story.

Finally, one afternoon I told myself that if I was going to go to the gym at the Boys & Girls Club anyway, I might as well give ballet a try.  I went into the locker room to change and emerged, slightly embarassed, in blue cotton shorts long enough to scrape my knees, my white T-shirt, and a pair of old gym socks.  I willed myself to walk to the center of the basketball court.

“Misty,” the teacher, Cindy Bradley, called, “can you come here for a second?”

Trapped, I reluctantly followed her to the front of her class.  I felt overwhelmed in that first class; it was too much information coming too fast, and I was behind the other students.

Most ballerinas start to dance when they sipping juice boxes in preschool.  I was thirteen years old. Self-doubt taunted me.

I think from the beginning Cindy, in her mind, in her plan, saw stardom as my destiny.

“The perfect ballerina has a small head, sloping shoulders, long legs, big feet, and a narrow rib cage,” Cindy said one afternoon, reading George Balachine’s description of the ideal dancer.  She looked up and stared at me adoringly, “That’s you, ” she said softly.
“You’re going to dance in front of kings and queens,” she said.

“You will have a life most people cannot even imagine.”

I began to believe her

* * *

We can go on and on about Misty, but we’ll let the photos in the gallery do the talking or if you’d like to hear it straight from Misty watch the video below.

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Misty... Ms. Copeland, if you're nasty, is only the second black woman ever, like EVER EVER, to become a soloist in the American Ballet Theatre. When most little girls start ballet with crayons in their hands, Misty didn't take her first lesson until she was 13.  The sister is THAT...
Misty... Ms. Copeland, if you're nasty, is only the second black woman ever, like EVER EVER, to become a soloist in the American Ballet Theatre. When most little girls start ballet with crayons in their hands, Misty didn't take her first lesson until she was 13.  <span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;">The sister is THAT bad.  Not this new age "bad" where all you need is a big booty and can </span>twerk, but <strong>BEE-AAYEE-DDEE, </strong>bad. <a href="http://culsire.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/misty_copeland_t580.jpg"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-11239 size-medium" src="http://culsire.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/misty_copeland_t580-300x300.jpg" alt="Misty Copeland" width="300" height="300" /></a> In her memoir, "Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina," she tells her story of poverty and pain.  How her mother and 5 siblings ended up living in a motel to her dance teacher bringing her protege to live with her. <strong><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;">In the March 2014 issue of Teen Vogue you can read some more of Misty's story.</span></strong> Finally, one afternoon I told myself that if I was going to go to the gym at the Boys & Girls Club anyway, I might as well give ballet a try.  I went into the locker room to change and emerged, slightly embarassed, in blue cotton shorts long enough to scrape my knees, my white T-shirt, and a pair of old gym socks.  I willed myself to walk to the center of the basketball court. "Misty," the teacher, Cindy Bradley, called, "can you come here for a second?" Trapped, I reluctantly followed her to the front of her class.  I felt overwhelmed in that first class; it was too much information coming too fast, and I was behind the other students. Most ballerinas start to dance when they sipping juice boxes in preschool.  I was thirteen years old. Self-doubt taunted me. I think from the beginning Cindy, in her mind, in her plan, saw stardom as my destiny. "The perfect ballerina has a small head, sloping shoulders, long legs, big feet, and a narrow rib cage," Cindy said one afternoon, reading George Balachine's description of the ideal dancer.  She looked up and stared at me adoringly, "That's you, " she said softly. "You're going to dance in front of kings and queens," she said. "You will have a life most people cannot even imagine." I began to believe her <p style="margin-left: 40px;">* * *</p> We can go on and on about Misty, but we'll let the photos in the gallery do the talking or if you'd like to hear it straight from Misty watch the video below. <iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/R6YSbHa2gSY?rel=0" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>

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  1. Mykel Cortez Smith
    May 17, 2014 - 09:05 PM

    love her

    Public CommentUserlove her
  2. Kania Kennedy
    May 17, 2014 - 10:01 PM

    FABULOUS!

    Public CommentUserFABULOUS!
  3. Nynetjer Khefer Khare
    May 18, 2014 - 12:24 AM

    her legs are powerful.

    Public CommentUserher legs are powerful.
  4. Domonique Peteet
    May 18, 2014 - 02:14 AM

    absolutely fab!

    Public CommentUserabsolutely fab!
  5. Deborah Stevenson
    May 18, 2014 - 03:55 AM

    WOW! Graceful…

    Public CommentUserWOW! Graceful...
  6. Terry Horton
    May 18, 2014 - 04:52 AM

    BLACK BUTTERFLY!

    Public CommentUserBLACK BUTTERFLY!
  7. Sa Kondra Barnes-Caudle
    May 18, 2014 - 06:59 AM

    Misty.. lead the rest of the talented black girls your way! It's never to late.. You are simply divine! Total loss of words!! TURN IT UP!!

    Public CommentUserMisty.. lead the rest of the talented black girls your way! It's never to late.. You are simply divine! Total loss of words!! TURN IT UP!!
  8. Theresa Jones
    May 18, 2014 - 10:19 AM

    Excellent!

    Public CommentUserExcellent!
  9. Okaville Dunning
    May 18, 2014 - 11:43 AM

    Much love for those who rise to stardom, against all odds! Destined to shine! Absolutely, lovely and breath taking!

    Public CommentUserMuch love for those who rise to stardom, against all odds! Destined to shine! Absolutely, lovely and breath taking!
  10. Hakeem Wise Majestic
    May 18, 2014 - 12:19 PM

    I daughter will love this. I needed this so much for her. She has Serene, Gabby , now Misty

    Public CommentUserI daughter will love this. I needed this so much for her. She has Serene, Gabby , now Misty
  11. Amber Bradberry
    May 18, 2014 - 12:53 PM

    Stunnnnnnning

    Public CommentUserStunnnnnnning
  12. Quintin Williams
    May 18, 2014 - 01:28 PM

    Overcoming and she believed as each person who has a vision and goal must have and do to achieve to succeed!

    Public CommentUserOvercoming and she believed as each person who has a vision and goal must have and do to achieve to succeed!
  13. Charlene Toney
    May 18, 2014 - 02:02 PM

    I wish our young ballerinas at my school could meet her

    Public CommentUserI wish our young ballerinas at my school could meet her
  14. Chris Cross
    May 18, 2014 - 02:09 PM

    Amazing….Absolutely Amazing

    Public CommentUserAmazing....Absolutely Amazing
  15. Kathleen Plowden
    May 18, 2014 - 02:26 PM

    She brings tears to my eyes. Pure grace and beauty.

    Public CommentUserShe brings tears to my eyes. Pure grace and beauty.
  16. William Wright
    May 18, 2014 - 03:26 PM

    I think I'm in love Again!!

    Public CommentUserI think I'm in love Again!!
  17. Lisa LiGlisa Chae Kerns
    May 18, 2014 - 04:33 PM

    Incredible!

    Public CommentUserIncredible!
  18. Anjela TwoPlatez Childs
    May 18, 2014 - 06:09 PM

    I was saying to my friends that I wonder if I would have stuck with ballet back in the day if she was around. When I think of all the brown babies she's probably inspiring to get into ballet or stick to it, it puts a smile on my face.

    Public CommentUserI was saying to my friends that I wonder if I would have stuck with ballet back in the day if she was around. When I think of all the brown babies she's probably inspiring to get into ballet or stick to it, it puts a smile on my face.
  19. Michael Anthony Foster
    May 18, 2014 - 07:34 PM

    It's not where you come from it's where you're going

    Public CommentUserIt's not where you come from it's where you're going
  20. Al Wilson
    May 18, 2014 - 08:47 PM

    She os absolutely gorgeous

    Public CommentUserShe os absolutely gorgeous
  21. Evette Cox
    May 18, 2014 - 10:00 PM

    Amazing

    Public CommentUserAmazing
  22. Enjoli Lawhorn
    May 18, 2014 - 10:59 PM

    My baby is dancing now. She's 3!!! She needs to see this. I'm excited.

    Public CommentUserMy baby is dancing now. She's 3!!! She needs to see this. I'm excited.
  23. Micki Free
    May 18, 2014 - 11:07 PM

    Bad ass….

    Public CommentUserBad ass....
  24. LaNée Javet
    May 18, 2014 - 11:07 PM

    Just amazing!

    Public CommentUserJust amazing!
  25. Saria Gwin-Maye
    May 19, 2014 - 02:22 AM

    Oh my goodness this is just what my daughter needs to see…she is a perfect ballerina, she just needed some encouragement, letting her know its a reachable goal…

    Public CommentUserOh my goodness this is just what my daughter needs to see...she is a perfect ballerina, she just needed some encouragement, letting her know its a reachable goal...
  26. Roy Lawson
    May 19, 2014 - 02:37 AM

    Even white boys gotta shout… Black is beautiful, as are many other shades. We should appreciate each other more.

    Public CommentUserEven white boys gotta shout... Black is beautiful, as are many other shades. We should appreciate each other more.
  27. Marco Campos
    May 19, 2014 - 03:25 AM

    Beautiful nothing is impossible

    Public CommentUserBeautiful nothing is impossible
  28. Rita Hall
    May 19, 2014 - 04:35 AM

    Simply awesome. She's amazing.

    Public CommentUserSimply awesome. She's amazing.
  29. Stacy Lambert-Oberstaedt
    May 19, 2014 - 05:57 AM

    What an amazing woman….such beauty. Nothing I've ever seen before. Her pictures speak to me. Such a wonderful light of influence. She makes me want to dance!

    Public CommentUserWhat an amazing woman....such beauty. Nothing I've ever seen before. Her pictures speak to me. Such a wonderful light of influence. She makes me want to dance!
  30. Irma Williams
    May 19, 2014 - 10:30 AM

    Stand up ovation to her.

    Public CommentUserStand up ovation to her.
  31. Ryan Milton
    May 19, 2014 - 11:29 AM

    Wow! THIS is a Beautiful Woman!

    Public CommentUserWow! THIS is a Beautiful Woman!
  32. S Gillette Palmer
    May 19, 2014 - 11:38 AM

    Talk about defeating the odds. Awesome! I would love to see her dance live.

    Public CommentUserTalk about defeating the odds. Awesome! I would love to see her dance live.
  33. Kevin Kevvek Mabry
    May 19, 2014 - 12:02 PM

    Misty's ballet talents and humor raptures me.

    Public CommentUserMisty's ballet talents and humor raptures me.
  34. Tammy Boudreau
    May 19, 2014 - 01:04 PM

    Absolutely Beautiful!!

    Public CommentUserAbsolutely Beautiful!!
  35. Bettye Sterling
    May 19, 2014 - 02:11 PM

    Beautiful and very inspiring ..

    Public CommentUserBeautiful and very inspiring ..
  36. Sherondia Sullivan
    May 19, 2014 - 03:49 PM

    WOW!

    Public CommentUserWOW!
  37. Michelle Lopez
    May 19, 2014 - 04:05 PM

    Wow! What talent she is blessed with. Beautiful!

    Public CommentUserWow! What talent she is blessed with. Beautiful!
  38. Oggi Ogburn
    May 19, 2014 - 04:08 PM

    I love seeing my people excel in everything they do.

    Public CommentUserI love seeing my people excel in everything they do.
  39. Martha Shaw
    May 19, 2014 - 04:21 PM

    Beautiful!!!

    Public CommentUserBeautiful!!!
  40. Oran Juice Jones
    May 19, 2014 - 05:30 PM

    She is absolutely amazing

    Public CommentUserShe is absolutely amazing
  41. Sherman McGowan
    May 19, 2014 - 06:35 PM

    I'm Sold lika Mutha!

    Public CommentUserI'm Sold lika Mutha!
  42. Tomia MacQueen
    May 19, 2014 - 07:14 PM

    I'm just sick. I was so excited about heraccomplishments (and still am) but looking at this and the site,, why is she so over sexualized? No other ballerina has ever been over sexualized like that. I'm appalled, ready to throw up. So disappointed! :(

    Public CommentUserI'm just sick. I was so excited about heraccomplishments (and still am) but looking at this and the site,, why is she so over sexualized? No other ballerina has ever been over sexualized like that. I'm appalled, ready to throw up. So disappointed! :(
  43. Debbie Lee
    May 19, 2014 - 07:27 PM

    My new girl crush. Beautiful and such an inspiring story.

    Public CommentUserMy new girl crush. Beautiful and such an inspiring story.
  44. Monica Gissentanner Richey
    May 19, 2014 - 07:37 PM

    Absolutely love!

    Public CommentUserAbsolutely love!
  45. Anjela TwoPlatez Childs
    May 19, 2014 - 07:45 PM

    You should probably do a lil research, start with Alessandra Ferriri (sp) and her nudes and she was a top ballerina. I can name a few more that have done WAY more risque photos.

    You should also take a look at the BODY of Misty's work. The few extra sexy pics here, is nothing compared to her entire body of work. smh

    Public CommentUserYou should probably do a lil research, start with Alessandra Ferriri (sp) and her nudes and she was a top ballerina. I can name a few more that have done WAY more risque photos. You should also take a look at the BODY of Misty's work. The few extra sexy pics here, is nothing compared to her entire body of work. smh
  46. Love Ally-Cahee
    May 19, 2014 - 08:50 PM

    Beautiful!?

    Public CommentUserBeautiful!?
  47. Love Ally-Cahee
    May 19, 2014 - 08:51 PM

    #Beautiful!

    Public CommentUser#Beautiful!
  48. Tomia MacQueen
    May 19, 2014 - 08:55 PM

    Anjela TwoPlatez Childs I like much of her body of work. I am simply saying that, I think it is unfortunately she is aiding the lie that women (esp. women of color) can't just be spectacular without being over sexualized. I bet other women of color struggling in the (predominantly Caucasian) ballet field, feel similarly disappointed at the opportunity she is wasting to create a healthy environment for women of color in ballet. It's akin to Angela Bassett never receiving an Oscar but Haley Berry gets one only once she goes back on her word not go nude and does a near porn scene in "Monster's Ball" which wasn't even her best work. It's like Angela Bassett going nude once she has the Oscar. I think her accomplishments as a dancer are wonderful and something to be admired by young girls. Personally, as a dancer, the other is disappointing to me.

    Public CommentUserAnjela TwoPlatez Childs I like much of her body of work. I am simply saying that, I think it is unfortunately she is aiding the lie that women (esp. women of color) can't just be spectacular without being over sexualized. I bet other women of color struggling in the (predominantly Caucasian) ballet field, feel similarly disappointed at the opportunity she is wasting to create a healthy environment for women of color in ballet. It's akin to Angela Bassett never receiving an Oscar but Haley Berry gets one only once she goes back on her word not go nude and does a near porn scene in "Monster's Ball" which wasn't even her best work. It's like Angela Bassett going nude once she has the Oscar. I think her accomplishments as a dancer are wonderful and something to be admired by young girls. Personally, as a dancer, the other is disappointing to me.
  49. Carla Rushing
    May 19, 2014 - 09:20 PM

    My daughter met her at a signing of her book. She was so down to earth and took the time out to hold a conversation, and give her much needed advice for her dance career! She is a visionary!!

    Public CommentUserMy daughter met her at a signing of her book. She was so down to earth and took the time out to hold a conversation, and give her much needed advice for her dance career! She is a visionary!!
  50. Walter J. Slowe III
    May 19, 2014 - 09:32 PM

    Seriously…..Yes she is!

    Public CommentUserSeriously.....Yes she is!
  51. Eddie Bronston
    May 19, 2014 - 09:44 PM

    I have no words to describe how beautiful this woman is.

    Public CommentUserI have no words to describe how beautiful this woman is.
  52. Anjela TwoPlatez Childs
    May 19, 2014 - 09:49 PM

    aawww! Awesome!

    Public CommentUseraawww! Awesome!
  53. Angela Green Sykes
    May 19, 2014 - 10:23 PM

    She defies description!

    Public CommentUserShe defies description!
  54. Michael Trujillo
    May 19, 2014 - 10:24 PM

    I'm in love…

    Public CommentUserI'm in love...
  55. Rodney Jeffries
    May 19, 2014 - 11:33 PM

    I agree, what a talent!

    Public CommentUserI agree, what a talent!
  56. Meloney Thomas Ashford
    May 19, 2014 - 11:34 PM

    Absolutely beautiful…#Godsgift

    Public CommentUserAbsolutely beautiful...#Godsgift
  57. Guto Dion
    May 20, 2014 - 12:08 AM

    it´s not where you´re going, it´s what you´ve been through…

    Public CommentUserit´s not where you´re going, it´s what you´ve been through...
  58. Guto Dion
    May 20, 2014 - 12:08 AM

    is not where you´re going, it´s what you´ve been through…

    Public CommentUseris not where you´re going, it´s what you´ve been through...
  59. Kenneth Mardenborough
    May 20, 2014 - 12:20 AM

    THE MISTY COPELAND!

    Public CommentUserTHE MISTY COPELAND!
  60. Audrey Cabbell
    May 20, 2014 - 12:34 AM

    Amazing

    Public CommentUserAmazing
  61. Mintee Polo
    May 20, 2014 - 12:43 AM

    Amazing!

    Public CommentUserAmazing!
  62. Elizabeth Kolbe-Sieber
    May 20, 2014 - 12:49 AM

    Unbelievable! Beautiful Angel!

    Public CommentUserUnbelievable! Beautiful Angel!
  63. Sarah Ashman- Williams
    May 20, 2014 - 01:08 AM

    Beautiful!!!!

    Public CommentUserBeautiful!!!!
  64. የምስራች ዮሐንስ
    May 20, 2014 - 01:25 AM

    Amazing! BEAUTIFUL. wow!

    Public CommentUserAmazing! BEAUTIFUL. wow!
  65. Tayna Love
    May 20, 2014 - 01:59 AM

    Surely Gifted. …AWESOME AND AMAZED

    Public CommentUserSurely Gifted. ...AWESOME AND AMAZED
  66. Gloria Bryant
    May 20, 2014 - 02:11 AM

    This lady is a god to dancing. She is bad!!!

    Public CommentUserThis lady is a god to dancing. She is bad!!!
  67. Matthias Clock
    May 20, 2014 - 02:30 AM

    Guto Dion That's literally like saying that it actually is where you come from

    Public CommentUserGuto Dion That's literally like saying that it actually is where you come from
  68. Millie Luna
    May 20, 2014 - 02:38 AM

    Awesome!

    Public CommentUserAwesome!
  69. Guto Dion
    May 20, 2014 - 02:40 AM

    Matthias Clock :p

    Public CommentUserMatthias Clock :p
  70. Anthony Yarde
    May 20, 2014 - 03:25 AM

    http://fixmonthlypaid.com/?id=8370

    Public CommentUserhttp://fixmonthlypaid.com/?id=8370
  71. Tammi Cave
    May 20, 2014 - 03:55 AM

    Its not where your from its where your AT!

    Public CommentUserIts not where your from its where your AT!
  72. Jennifer Alvarado
    May 20, 2014 - 04:12 AM

    Frefreshing to say she is just a perfect ballerina. How inspiring.

    Public CommentUserFrefreshing to say she is just a perfect ballerina. How inspiring.
  73. Terrance Davis
    May 20, 2014 - 04:33 AM

    Amazing and Incredible

    Public CommentUserAmazing and Incredible
  74. Jamie Richard
    May 20, 2014 - 05:17 AM

    I used to think I knew some of the baddest dancer's around !!!!! Hats off lady I'm impressed!!

    Public CommentUserI used to think I knew some of the baddest dancer's around !!!!! Hats off lady I'm impressed!!
  75. Philip Woo
    May 20, 2014 - 06:03 AM

    That is right.

    Public CommentUserThat is right.
  76. Stacy Marie Allen
    May 20, 2014 - 08:20 AM

    Amazing! Simply amazing! I'm going to buy the book for my niece that I'm sure is destined to be a Ballerina!

    Public CommentUserAmazing! Simply amazing! I'm going to buy the book for my niece that I'm sure is destined to be a Ballerina!
  77. Samuel A. Herbert
    May 20, 2014 - 10:09 AM

    Wow!

    Public CommentUserWow!
  78. Stephanie Moore
    May 20, 2014 - 10:36 AM

    I Love Love this. Wish I kept dancing. It's encouraging.

    Public CommentUserI Love Love this. Wish I kept dancing. It's encouraging.
  79. Johnella Carter
    May 20, 2014 - 12:23 PM

    So Beautiful!

    Public CommentUserSo Beautiful!
  80. Hugha Lindsay
    May 20, 2014 - 12:35 PM

    Wow…

    Public CommentUserWow...
  81. Ronnetta Williams-Parchman
    May 20, 2014 - 12:38 PM

    So inspirational to so many girls especially black girls who find get to see ballerinas that look like them. I'm buying the book yep !!!

    Public CommentUserSo inspirational to so many girls especially black girls who find get to see ballerinas that look like them. I'm buying the book yep !!!
  82. Tranise Michelle
    May 20, 2014 - 01:32 PM

    Absolutely STUNNING

    Public CommentUserAbsolutely STUNNING
  83. QuoVadis Wright
    May 20, 2014 - 01:34 PM

    can any of us remember when our bodies were slim and sleek like this ?well I can..it was just yesterday.well I mean 40 yrs ago.oh there I go dreaming again…lol

    Public CommentUsercan any of us remember when our bodies were slim and sleek like this ?well I can..it was just yesterday.well I mean 40 yrs ago.oh there I go dreaming again...lol
  84. LaNée Javet
    May 20, 2014 - 02:08 PM

    Anjela TwoPlatez Childs testing

    Public CommentUserAnjela TwoPlatez Childs testing
  85. LaNée Javet
    May 20, 2014 - 02:08 PM

    blah blah blah.

    Public CommentUserblah blah blah.
  86. Aṇḍṛḝ Robinson
    May 20, 2014 - 02:34 PM

    Guto Dion It's not what you been through, it's how you handle it

    Public CommentUserGuto Dion It's not what you been through, it's how you handle it
  87. Cameron Hood
    May 20, 2014 - 03:08 PM

    Amazing…well done!

    Public CommentUserAmazing...well done!
  88. Eivind Harum
    May 20, 2014 - 03:37 PM

    WOW!!!

    Public CommentUserWOW!!!
  89. Jerry Aldonzar
    May 20, 2014 - 04:06 PM

    Shes true essence at its core ,oh my extremely beautiful.

    Public CommentUserShes true essence at its core ,oh my extremely beautiful.
  90. Armouria Lopez
    May 20, 2014 - 05:45 PM

    She is so amazing and these pics are just priceless. Inspiration from one woman to the next

    Public CommentUserShe is so amazing and these pics are just priceless. Inspiration from one woman to the next
  91. Andrew W. Harris III
    May 20, 2014 - 06:00 PM

    Absolute Beauty…

    Public CommentUserAbsolute Beauty...
  92. Anza Mitchell
    May 20, 2014 - 07:31 PM

    I think she thrived because she started so much later and realized she had a passion for it unlike most who are forced into the studio by their moms who want them to grow up to be ballerinas and really just want to be out at sleepovers/ hanging with friends. Just shows that hard work and dedication outshine how long a students has been in dance.

    Public CommentUserI think she thrived because she started so much later and realized she had a passion for it unlike most who are forced into the studio by their moms who want them to grow up to be ballerinas and really just want to be out at sleepovers/ hanging with friends. Just shows that hard work and dedication outshine how long a students has been in dance.
  93. Stephen Reinhardt
    May 20, 2014 - 08:08 PM

    Lord have mercy, Eivind! Pfew!

    Public CommentUserLord have mercy, Eivind! Pfew!
  94. Dwight Carter
    May 20, 2014 - 08:59 PM

    Boy she's all that and more

    Public CommentUserBoy she's all that and more
  95. Sony Trieu
    May 20, 2014 - 09:07 PM

    Truly inspirational. Having a mentor believe in you sparks talent!!!

    Public CommentUserTruly inspirational. Having a mentor believe in you sparks talent!!!
  96. J W Morrison III
    May 20, 2014 - 09:23 PM

    Stunning

    Public CommentUserStunning
  97. Jerry Verdin
    May 20, 2014 - 09:31 PM

    So cool! I remember Misty! She grew up in my hometown of San Pedro! She went to the Boys and Girls club I went to. I recall that she was raised by her ballet teacher with permission by her mother since her mother did not have the means to bring/afford her practices/recitals! Quite the sacrifice, but it seems to have paid off!

    Public CommentUserSo cool! I remember Misty! She grew up in my hometown of San Pedro! She went to the Boys and Girls club I went to. I recall that she was raised by her ballet teacher with permission by her mother since her mother did not have the means to bring/afford her practices/recitals! Quite the sacrifice, but it seems to have paid off!
  98. Jolante Yarborough
    May 20, 2014 - 10:23 PM

    Wow, absolutely stunning! If one woman that I would be attracted to in the world of entertainment, it would be her.

    Public CommentUserWow, absolutely stunning! If one woman that I would be attracted to in the world of entertainment, it would be her.
  99. Wellington Perkins
    May 20, 2014 - 10:25 PM

    HELL>> YEAH!

    Public CommentUserHELL>> YEAH!
  100. Kirkland Troy
    May 21, 2014 - 12:08 AM

    where you are points in to all directions.

    Public CommentUserwhere you are points in to all directions.
  101. Marcia Nettles-Langhorne
    May 21, 2014 - 12:08 AM

    Simply amazing! Graceful beauty,

    Public CommentUserSimply amazing! Graceful beauty,
  102. Don Schneider
    May 21, 2014 - 12:14 AM

    Amazing artist and women!

    Public CommentUserAmazing artist and women!
  103. Kellie Hintz
    May 21, 2014 - 12:16 AM

    What a beautiful woman/ballerina. Her dance teacher was right, you don't have to see her dance to know she makes the perfect ballerina. Shame on all those people who think ballerinas should be white. It shouldn't matter for any profession what color your skin is. If you can do the job, or dance the part it should be yours. Last year, I watched Ballet Hawaii's presentation of Alice in Wonderland, the ballerina who played Alice was Japanese. I applaud both these women for breaking the stereotypes. Bravo!

    Public CommentUserWhat a beautiful woman/ballerina. Her dance teacher was right, you don't have to see her dance to know she makes the perfect ballerina. Shame on all those people who think ballerinas should be white. It shouldn't matter for any profession what color your skin is. If you can do the job, or dance the part it should be yours. Last year, I watched Ballet Hawaii's presentation of Alice in Wonderland, the ballerina who played Alice was Japanese. I applaud both these women for breaking the stereotypes. Bravo!
  104. Virasack Sinthavong
    May 21, 2014 - 12:51 AM

    I just love seeing all people excelling at what they do.

    Public CommentUserI just love seeing all people excelling at what they do.
  105. LoVe Eb
    May 21, 2014 - 12:56 AM

    Stunning

    Public CommentUserStunning
  106. Tivian Bernard
    May 21, 2014 - 02:07 AM

    She is wonderful

    Public CommentUserShe is wonderful
  107. Annie Guerrier
    May 21, 2014 - 02:24 AM

    She is beautiful

    Public CommentUserShe is beautiful
  108. Menen Belay Dawit
    May 21, 2014 - 02:46 AM

    it's not tomato, but po-ta-toe.

    Public CommentUserit's not tomato, but po-ta-toe.
  109. Denise Campbell McCollum
    May 21, 2014 - 03:17 AM

    Absolutely gorgeous!!

    Public CommentUserAbsolutely gorgeous!!
  110. Jeanetta Thomas-King
    May 21, 2014 - 03:48 AM

    WOW!! Woman of the World!!

    Public CommentUserWOW!! Woman of the World!!
  111. Atra Joe
    May 21, 2014 - 04:14 AM

    I heard her speak at "Black Girls Rock" awards .. Awesome!!

    Public CommentUserI heard her speak at "Black Girls Rock" awards .. Awesome!!
  112. Corey Williams
    May 21, 2014 - 06:22 AM

    Absolutely gorgeous, radiant, stunning..

    Public CommentUserAbsolutely gorgeous, radiant, stunning..
  113. Duvall FashionDesigner ShowProducer
    May 21, 2014 - 07:50 AM

    A Star Is Born.

    Public CommentUserA Star Is Born.
  114. Gina P Simen Lumpkin
    May 21, 2014 - 08:00 AM

    Amazing and Beautiful! I've always (secretly ) had the desire to dance and had the body and legs for it..Unfortunately I never had the opportunity and can now only live vicariously thru the great ballerinas of our time! I'm always in awe of how wonderful God has constructed the amazing bodies these dancers have so that we can enjoy this Beautiful Living Art!

    Public CommentUserAmazing and Beautiful! I've always (secretly ) had the desire to dance and had the body and legs for it..Unfortunately I never had the opportunity and can now only live vicariously thru the great ballerinas of our time! I'm always in awe of how wonderful God has constructed the amazing bodies these dancers have so that we can enjoy this Beautiful Living Art!
  115. Brandy Lemelle
    May 21, 2014 - 09:00 AM

    Why would u intro your article "If your nasty" ??? Really? There is nothing "nasty" about Ms. Copeland. Do u have an editor?

    Public CommentUserWhy would u intro your article "If your nasty" ??? Really? There is nothing "nasty" about Ms. Copeland. Do u have an editor?
  116. Brandy Lemelle
    May 21, 2014 - 09:01 AM

    Love her Pioneer!

    Public CommentUserLove her Pioneer!
  117. Koralin Rosiński
    May 21, 2014 - 09:35 AM

    As European guy I consider her as not black, she is mixed with bronze tan. Beautiful girl.

    Public CommentUserAs European guy I consider her as not black, she is mixed with bronze tan. Beautiful girl.
  118. Don Jones
    May 21, 2014 - 10:24 AM

    Wow! Outstanding! Gotta read her book and put a poster of Misty on my wall!

    Public CommentUserWow! Outstanding! Gotta read her book and put a poster of Misty on my wall!
  119. Bobby Lee
    May 21, 2014 - 10:43 AM

    DAMN! I need to do really bad things to her!!!!!

    Public CommentUserDAMN! I need to do really bad things to her!!!!!
  120. Jeffrey T'challah Johnson
    May 21, 2014 - 11:07 AM

    Shes The One !!!! :-)

    Public CommentUserShes The One !!!! :-)
  121. Anjela TwoPlatez Childs
    May 21, 2014 - 11:44 AM

    LOL. smh

    Public CommentUserLOL. smh
  122. Anjela TwoPlatez Childs
    May 21, 2014 - 11:46 AM

    a) It says "if YOU'RE nasty".. it doesn't call Misty nasty
    b) That's a line from one of Janet Jackson's biggest songs ever.. "It's Janet.. Ms. Jackson if your nasty"

    Public CommentUsera) It says "if YOU'RE nasty".. it doesn't call Misty nasty b) That's a line from one of Janet Jackson's biggest songs ever.. "It's Janet.. Ms. Jackson if your nasty"
  123. Solomon ChieffRocka Miller
    May 21, 2014 - 02:19 PM

    Breath taking. She's great

    Public CommentUserBreath taking. She's great
  124. Alia Moore
    May 21, 2014 - 03:17 PM

    What an amazing dancer's body! Exquisitely beautiful!

    Public CommentUserWhat an amazing dancer's body! Exquisitely beautiful!
  125. Dwight Campbell
    May 21, 2014 - 03:42 PM

    Two words Ebony Goddess!!!

    Public CommentUserTwo words Ebony Goddess!!!
  126. Pauline LaVonne Baker-Jackson
    May 21, 2014 - 04:35 PM

    Amazing!

    Public CommentUserAmazing!
  127. David Harline
    May 21, 2014 - 04:44 PM

    Wow! Halle Berry in toe shoes! A great talent, who has risen past adversity in life and in her profession

    Public CommentUserWow! Halle Berry in toe shoes! A great talent, who has risen past adversity in life and in her profession
  128. Monique Bailey
    May 21, 2014 - 05:08 PM

    I'm so proud of this young lady, you'd think she was my child. Continue to soar Misty!

    Public CommentUserI'm so proud of this young lady, you'd think she was my child. Continue to soar Misty!
  129. Matthew Eric Brooks
    May 21, 2014 - 05:53 PM

    Simply amazing!

    Public CommentUserSimply amazing!
  130. Helena Smith
    May 21, 2014 - 08:33 PM

    She is an amazing dancer.

    Public CommentUserShe is an amazing dancer.
  131. Lance Bell
    May 21, 2014 - 10:21 PM

    Virasack Sinthavong thanks for that

    Public CommentUserVirasack Sinthavong thanks for that
  132. Terry Burnett
    May 22, 2014 - 02:42 AM

    I especially enjoy the disadvantaged surmounting the stereotypes.

    Public CommentUserI especially enjoy the disadvantaged surmounting the stereotypes.
  133. Jaime Lorino
    May 22, 2014 - 03:37 AM

    So humble and such beautiful lines….amazing body…awesome to see someone reach their goals in their lifetime!!!!

    Public CommentUserSo humble and such beautiful lines....amazing body...awesome to see someone reach their goals in their lifetime!!!!
  134. Daniel Robinson
    May 22, 2014 - 07:00 AM

    where did you come from cotton eye joe

    Public CommentUserwhere did you come from cotton eye joe
  135. Carisse Dedier
    May 22, 2014 - 02:34 PM

    She is an inspiration to many young girls of her ethnicity to know with great determination comes great things. Even though colour should not matter in the time we live in

    Public CommentUserShe is an inspiration to many young girls of her ethnicity to know with great determination comes great things. Even though colour should not matter in the time we live in
  136. Terri Joyce
    May 23, 2014 - 05:18 AM

    She's a beautiful young woman with unbelieveable talent. She'll go far, and meet all of her goals.

    Public CommentUserShe's a beautiful young woman with unbelieveable talent. She'll go far, and meet all of her goals.
  137. T-Omaro Drumophia
    May 24, 2014 - 02:53 AM

    amazing story! I'm inspired..

    Public CommentUseramazing story! I'm inspired..
  138. Celestea Deanes
    May 24, 2014 - 04:54 AM

    Tomia MacQueen i think you are right, its overstressed and too early….all you young femmes out there, invest in dance and your body and not so much fake hair and clothes fads. this is worth
    it

    Public CommentUserTomia MacQueen i think you are right, its overstressed and too early....all you young femmes out there, invest in dance and your body and not so much fake hair and clothes fads. this is worth it
  139. Earl Nixon
    May 30, 2014 - 05:59 PM

    Many thanks to all who care beyond your own needs.
    Thanks for choosing to be a part of my Face Book family,
    much blessings of bliss to you. You're also invited to become a part
    of my wealth building family if you so desire, inbox me for more details.
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    Public CommentUserMany thanks to all who care beyond your own needs. Thanks for choosing to be a part of my Face Book family, much blessings of bliss to you. You're also invited to become a part of my wealth building family if you so desire, inbox me for more details. earln = learn
  140. Koralin Rosiński
    Jun 06, 2014 - 12:01 AM

    Anjela TwoPlatez Childs Why lol? You are black, she is mixed black and white.

    Public CommentUserAnjela TwoPlatez Childs Why lol? You are black, she is mixed black and white.
  141. Anjela TwoPlatez Childs
    Jun 06, 2014 - 03:13 PM

    Koralin Rosiński I laughed because what you said was SILLY and typical. You don't see her as black, why? Is that what makes you feel better about liking/accepting a piece of blackness? If she was doing something unfavorable I'm almost sure you would consider her black then. Is she not "really" black because it's ballet and in order to feel good about seeing this black face trailblaze through a white dominant art form you attempt to lessen her blackness?

    Public CommentUserKoralin Rosiński I laughed because what you said was SILLY and typical. You don't see her as black, why? Is that what makes you feel better about liking/accepting a piece of blackness? If she was doing something unfavorable I'm almost sure you would consider her black then. Is she not "really" black because it's ballet and in order to feel good about seeing this black face trailblaze through a white dominant art form you attempt to lessen her blackness?
  142. Koralin Rosiński
    Jun 06, 2014 - 04:00 PM

    Anjela TwoPlatez Childs On what basis you claim I want to feel better then or likinh/accepting her color? I am not racist, I have seen mabe 2-3 times a black man as there are almost none in my country. I just name what I see. When I see black car I call it black car, when it is white, I call it a white car, when it is dark I call it dark. So that is why I call her mixed as she is dark, not white in 100%, not 100% black. As what is she doing, yes, she is amazing.

    Public CommentUserAnjela TwoPlatez Childs On what basis you claim I want to feel better then or likinh/accepting her color? I am not racist, I have seen mabe 2-3 times a black man as there are almost none in my country. I just name what I see. When I see black car I call it black car, when it is white, I call it a white car, when it is dark I call it dark. So that is why I call her mixed as she is dark, not white in 100%, not 100% black. As what is she doing, yes, she is amazing.
  143. Kenyetta Maia Williams
    Jun 08, 2014 - 02:19 AM

    BRAVO MISTY COPELAND, BRAVO!

    Public CommentUserBRAVO MISTY COPELAND, BRAVO!
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