Misty Copeland on Being Ballerina, Black and “Curvy.”

In an interview with BlackVoices, Misty Copeland, aka the first black American ballet soloist at the American Ballet Theatre, talks candidly about how being fair-skinned may have given her an edge over other black American dancers with “perfect physiques”:

I’ve seen so many talented black women who come in with the perfect physique and [...]

The Invisible Gentrified.

Postbourgie’s own Shani Hilton has a much-discussed cover story in the Washington City Paper about being a black gentrifier.

Freddie at L’Hote has some criticism:

This is a several-thousand word article on the relationship between race and socioeconomic class, and about the tensions between old and new residents and poor and rich [...]

Leftovers.

Japan one week later.

Minnesota’s lawmakers want to make it illegal for poor people to receive more than $20 cash from public assistance each month. (The initial bill would have made it illegal for poor folks to receive any cash.)

How do you change a school’s culture?

This is your War on Drugs:

An [...]

Black. Male. Feminist?

Over at The Root, Byron Hurt has a candid piece about how watching the fraught interaction between his parents as a kid helped plant the seeds for his adult embrace of feminism: Feminist writings about patriarchy, racism, capitalism and structural sexism resonated with me because I had witnessed firsthand the kind of male dominance they challenged. I saw it as a child in my home and perpetuated it as an adult. Their analysis of male culture and male behavior helped me put my father’s patriarchy into a much larger social context, and also helped me understand myself better. You’ll have to forgive me for how jumbled/discursive/TMI this is going to read, but this has agitated a lot of stuff I’ve been thinking about and was frankly saving for a much neater Mother’s Day post. My own, very flawed feminism is also rooted in my childhood, albeit in circumstances very different from Hurt’s. His father’s presence was inescapable. Mine was imperceptible. [...]

Posted Without Comment.

Leftovers.

Bet you weren’t up on the plight of the blackstronaut and the story of The Old Negro Space Program:

On Metro Detroit’s tailspin.

We’d like to stay in Michigan, but we have a problem. It’s not taxes or regulations. There’s lots of talk about these issues but they have no impact on our business. [...]

Winning, Losing and Uncle Toms.

It should come as no surprise that Jalen Rose was capable of getting under the skin of longtime rival Grant Hill, especially after he admitted in ESPN’s highly-rated “Fab 5″ documentary that he was “a student of trash talk.”

No, the surprise is that the 38-year-old Hill fell for the bait set out for [...]

J+C.

Jasika Nicole, the actress best-known for playing Astrid on Fringe, is also a very talented artist. She recently tumbld (tumblrd?) this moving, personal piece about identity and the long, harrowing road to self-acceptance, which she gave us permission to repost.

Click to enlarge.

(Major, major h/t to the homie Sean Campbell [...]