World-renowned ballerina Misty Copeland has teamed up with author/director Nelson George to bring forth her feature-length documentary, A Ballerina’s Tale. However, they need your help in order to make this film come to life and there’s only 9 days left!
At age 13, Misty Copeland was attending the Boys and Girls Club of San Pedro, California, when a dance instructor asked if she’d be interested in participating in a ballet class.
At age 15, Misty was one of the top ballet prospects in California and was being profiled in a PBS documentary on a state wide arts competition.
At age 17, Misty was in New York City and a member of the American Ballet Theatre, one of the world’s leading ballet companies. She danced the title role of the Firebird at the Metropolitan Opera House, making her the first black woman to play that signature character in a major ballet company. Making this accomplishment that much more impressive, she performed this part with six stress fractures in her shin.
This journey would have been unique in the world of dance on its own. Learning ballet at such an “advanced” age and making it to a premiere company made Misty an anomaly. But Misty was also a black woman with womanly curves which, based on the standard popularized by the father of American ballet, George Balanchine, meant she didn’t have the body for ballet. The skinny, long limbed swan with a thin neck and European features has been the ballet standard for half a century. Misty’s career is a challenge to every stereotype of what the ballerina symbolizes and should be.
A BALLERINA’S TALE, directed by Nelson George, will look at the values of a European cultural expression that has tried to maintain its values in the face of an aging audience base and its increasing irrelevance to mainstream culture. Misty’s life embodies a number of themes that speak to the larger culture and her personal challenges. Race, body image and Euro-centric perspective are mixed in with her own physical challenges.
Misty will narrate the film, bringing us intimately into her world. Several of Misty’s favorite ballets will be filmed in multiple camera shoots that will bring us close to dance in ways less frantic and more realistic than the popularized Hollywood film, Black Swan.
Watch Misty Copeand’s A Ballerina’s Tale Kickstarter video below. [DONATE]
Out of all the women in a strip club, Miguel sets his eyes on fully clothed waitress Janelle Monáe in the Alan Ferguson-directed visuals of their duet, “PrimeTime.” This song is featured on Janelle’s newest album, The Electric Lady. Grab your copy here.
Watch Janelle Monáe and Miguel’s “PrimeTime” video below.
This song right here…
John Legend is the go-to man for love songs. I think it’s pretty much a fact that everyone wants him to sing at their wedding. The man even performed as the wedding singer at his own wedding. ”All of Me,” which he penned for his now-wife Chrissy Teigen from his new album, Love In the Future, needs no introduction. Simply beautiful.
Watch the black-and-white visuals to “All of Me” below.
Canadian R&B crooner Glenn Lewis released the Juwan Lee-directed visuals to his ballad, “Can’t Say Love,” from his upcoming, sophomore album and first album in 11 years entitled Moment of Truth. The project drops October 15.
Watch Glenn Lewis’ “Can’t Say Love” below.
Le Ballon Rouge is a lovely, Oscar-winning short film, written and directed by French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse in 1956, about a red balloon with a life of its own that follows a little boy (Pascal Lamorisse) around the streets of Paris, France. There’s hardly any dialogue, but the music fills its void. Enjoy!
Watch Le Ballon Rouge below. [Duration: 34 mins]
What, rather than who, is Black Thought?
Like most rappers, Tairk adopted a slew of monikers early on from his first emcee name, Double T, to the era of acronyms, H.A.W.K. Smooth (Hype African Warrior Killin it Smooth), until he settled with his present one.
Torn between his major/first love (visual arts) and his mistress (music) during his time at Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Tarik often abandoned his weekend school art programs to attend school music programs with his classmate Questlove.
In visual arts, he would combine different colors to form new ones. If you combine all colors, you’ll get the color black. Tarik’s lyrical content is an amalgamation of warm colors and cold colors, the streets and social commentary. The palette of his mind. Black Thought.
Cécile was obviously born in the wrong era, or maybe she’s just a seasoned jazz vocalist in her past life that was sent to this era to bless our ears. The texture of her voice is simply divine. It’s like Betty Carter, Billie Holiday, and Sarah Vaughan had a baby. Don’t ask me how three women can have a baby together. I know. That kind logic is out of this world…just like her voice.
Be sure to treat your ears to Cécile’s new, 12-track album entitled WomanChild.
Watch Cécile McLorin Salvant perform “Poor Butterfly” below.
Maryland-born lyricist Oddisee dropped his new, self-produced single entitled “Own Appeal” from his upcoming mixtape, Tangible Dream, in conjunction with his new 12-track instrumental album, The Beauty In All. The dual project drops Oct. 1.
Stream Oddisee’s “Own Appeal” below.