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I need a serious cup of coffee this morning. And some BioFreeze for my pathetically sore muscles, which are currently being held together with tape. And I could use some chocolate. And a nap. And some quality time with this guy, because he makes me smile.
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Her story, her technique, her focus, is set to inspire other young black and African girls who face hardship to pursue their dreams.
Michaela’s presence “shakes and rattles the whole idea that ballet is not for black people and shows it’s for all people,” said Dirk Badenhorst, CEO-designate of South Africa Mzansi Ballet. “Brilliance is colorblind and it really is proved by Michaela.”
She is not just an inspiration to other young black and African girls, but to many others who fall under the category of ‘non-traditional dancers’, myself included.
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Not only did Andrea and I have two amazing rehearsals this week in preparation for tomorrow’s Arts Party, we also had an extra long company rehearsal on Wednesday. My muscles are feeling it every bit of the long rehearsal, especially my calves. I don’t know what combination it was, but something worked my calves extra hard this week. I’m praying that they will be fine by tomorrow night’s performance.
Fashion speaks volumes about who we are as women – and who we want to be. Too often, in the attempt to present ourselves as beautiful, we fall victim to trends that equate ideal, mature beauty with “sexiness.” The relentless striving to be “sexy” can distort a woman’s longing to be desirable in the best sense of that word. Straining for attention, women can often hide behind trends…even hide behind their own skin…
…Dressing modestly has nothing to do with denying our sexual attractiveness, but it’s affirming we are more than just sexually attractive. Modesty invites. It invites all women to realize we are worthwhile human beings. Looking at it from a deeper perspective, modesty reflects the fact that we are beloved daughters of God whose dignity is based on far more than our outward appearance. This is something I learned through personal experience. Continue reading…
In no other aspect of our lives do we demand a reason for beauty or question its purpose. We accept and appreciate beautiful art, music, or a sunset for what it is and allow it to uplift us. For some reason beauty is not suspect except when found in the Church…
…When we consider what it is the appropriate amount of effort used to glorify God, I’m not so sure offering the barest minimum is all that pleasing. To say that God doesn’tneed beautiful liturgy is one thing; but I ask, do you feel He deserves it?
Blast it, I still haven’t had any coffee yet. I hope I can make it through the work day and through the evening. (I gotta hot date with my man tonight!) There’s a latte with my name on it coming soon…
Um… Did I mention that the EAST VILLAGE ARTS PARTY is TOMORROW?????!!!!! I’ll post highlights, reviews and hopefully videos next week, but if you are in the NY/NJ area, please come and support the arts!!!
Here’s the teaser I posted earlier this week.