Misty Copeland
to risk it all to change the game
Misty Copeland Principal ballerina

Misty is the first African American dancer to become a principal ballerina at the American Ballet Company. Having reached the top, Misty now faces the heavy burden of expectations to modernize her sport and make American ballet more inclusive to women of colour.

Misty Copeland
Misty Copeland
The systemic structure
built to keep me in place
is the stage I dance on.
Black and Woman.
Motherships, my mother’s hips
beheld deep space.
Astronaut of corporal grace.

Born in a land mine.

As an idea points it’s toe to flex to
shape the form of possibility

I am testament
twirled into afterthought
the touch and taste of epiphany

To match my strength
is to feel your own
Yet, like any born
to blaze a trail
to sing a song
and land in jail
to risk it all
to change the game
to shift the form
and take it's name
to follow stars
when chased by dogs
and pats des chats
to shatter norms

to solo and
to feel alone
to take up space
in history's home
to harbor hopes
wishes and dreams
to bring the untold
into being

The oppressor's gaze
ain't all-eye-seeing
I'm unlike any.
Saul Williams for Misty Copeland
The systemic structure
built to keep me in place
is the stage I dance on.
Black and Woman.
Motherships, my mother’s hips
beheld deep space.
Astronaut of corporal grace.

Born in a land mine.

As an idea points it’s toe to
flex to shape the
form of possibility

I am testament
twirled into afterthought
the touch and taste of epiphany
To match my strength
is to feel your own
Yet, like any born
to blaze a trail
to sing a song
and land in jail
to risk it all
to change the game

to shift the form
and take it's name
to follow stars
when chased by dogs
and pats des chats
to shatter norms
to solo and
to feel alone
to take up space
in history's home
to harbor hopes
wishes and dreams
to bring the untold
into being

The oppressor's gaze
ain't all-eye-seeing
I'm unlike any.
Saul Williams for Misty Copeland
Misty Copeland
Saul Williams

Saul Williams is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, actor, and poet known for his distinct fusion of poetry and alternative hip hop. The New York native’s infectious words lead the poetry scene before the undeniable beat in his performances lead him into the world of music.

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