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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!!!
Not to mention ballet is one of the most racists activity. I was in a dance company for 10 years, and every year more and more black girls left because, according to the teachers, “they aren’t passionate about it”.
It took me five more years (I was 12 when my first friend “quit) to understand what teachers were telling black girls. “You’ll get too big” “you can’t dance properly with big hips”. Need I mention, at the time I was 16 and most of us were fully grown?
Not to mention, our ballet teacher supported these black girls getting eating disorders and constantly shared “tips” with them on how to stay thin. Like the “white girls”.
Even more bullshit; professional ballet teachers tend to just be awful and pick on anyone who is even a “bit” different. If your hair is too short, you get picked on. If your boobs fucking grew, you get picked on. They can be both physically and mentally abusive, I have seen it first hand.
BUT if you’re black, you get picked on THEN you get kicked the fuck out.
Not so surprisingly, I fucking quit
Professional Ballet is for white, thin, young women. That is why this story is fucking important.
This…should be illegal
legit me in the car
Me listening to Hits 1
this is me as hell
Like i’m trying to go club hopping with her
Literally my boyfriend haha
I see no lies!
— Warsan Shire
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hey if any if you want to donate cases of bottled water to residents in flint, send them to:
1657 Broadway Blvd.
Flint, MI 48506
omg please do, they can’t even bathe without getting rashes, let alone drink water. this hits too close to home
If you can’t afford to or don’t care to ship water, there are other ways you can help! You can donate money to the so they can purchase water or filters, or to the to directly help kids affected by the lead. If you don’t have money, . Water bills average $140 a month in Flint, and the city is trying to force them to pay, beginning with shutting off water, but since that’s not much of a punishment, I imagine they’ll end up sending people to collections for unpaid bills.
Other places to send money, water, or filters include:
Catholic Charities Center for Hope
517 E. Fifth Ave. Flint, MI 48503
Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm
The American Red Cross
1401 S. Grand Traverse Flint, MI 48503
Saturday and Sunday, 9am – 4pm
100 cases or more:
Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
2300 Lapeer Rd Flint, MI 48503
Call ahead to 810-239-4441
United Way Emergency Center
111 E. Court St. Flint, MI 48502
Call ahead to 810-232-8121
REBLOG EVEN IF YOU CANNOT DONATE; MAYBE OTHERS CAN.
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