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Dance: Misty Copeland featured on BET’s “Black Girls Rock”

Photo courtesy of BET Networks.

Photo courtesy of BET Networks.

In case you missed it, American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland was honored on last nights BET awards special, “Black Girls Rock!”  The special was actually taped Oct. 26 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. And kudos to Copeland for acknowledging the legendary ballerina Raven Wilkinson who, as Copeland pointed out, helped pave the way for Copeland and others to succeed in the classical ballet world.

Said Copeland, in her acceptance speech, “”Black girls do rock and black girls can be ballerinas.”

Here’s a link to her full acceptance speech: http://www.bet.com/video/blackgirlsrock/2013/acceptance-speeches/young-gifted-and-black-misty-copeland.html

Copeland also performed during the special, accompanied by Patti LaBelle. You can catch the show when it re-airs Nov. 5 at 7:30 EST.

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