Hey MayaIndia Sweeties! Well by now, you must have heard that after 14 years with the American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland has been promoted to the position of principal dancer. She is the FIRST African American principal dancer in the 75 year history of the company. What an absolute honor! I am so proud of her and her accomplishments and the fact that she serves as such an inspiration to so many. Misty is only 32 years old, but she is no stranger to adversity. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in San Pedro, California. While living in a hotel with her mom and four siblings, she was encouraged join a ballet school by her drill team coach who recognized her talent and potential. Misty became the center of a custody battle between her guardians, who were nurturing her as a ballerina, and her mother. I can only imagine how difficult that must have been for her, and yet she perservered and eventually became the third black ballerina to become a soloist. Although I haven't read it yet, "Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina," Misty's memoir, is definitely on my summer reading list. Misty Copeland is not only a positive role model for African American girls everywhere, but for ALL little girls who have a dream. When asked what she would say to African American girls she said, "Believe in themselves. To dream bigger than they can ever imagine because I think those big dreams are what's going to push them to pursue more than they may have in front of them." Great advice for everyone. I feel challenged to dream BIGGER, what about you? Until next time, Stay Sweet!