Misty Copeland’s American Ballet Theatre principal ballerina is “Fierce”

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In June 2015; The American Ballet Theatre promoted Misty Copeland to principal ballerina, making her the first African-American woman principal ballerina in the company’s 75-year history.
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Ms. Copeland, who has been with the company for 14 years and danced as a soloist for eight, is one of the most widely visible ballerinas dancing today, with fame spreading far beyond the ballet world.
Misty Copeland is one of my heroines.  While there are other women I have said were my heroines; Ms. Copeland holds a special place since dance is such a beautiful art form of which ballet is my favorite..
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If you are unfamiliar with Ms. Copeland’s story–you will want to see the interview that was on 60 Minutes below.  It is truly inspiring.  
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Enjoy! Misty’s 4 minute fierce performance directly below


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Bill Whitaker, correspondent 60 Minutes interviewed
Misty Copeland, principal ballerina American Ballet
Theatre_May 2015
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Synopsis 
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Determination meets dance in this memoir by the history-making ballerina.

In this instant New York Times bestseller, Misty Copeland makes history, telling the story of her journey to become the first African-American principal ballerina at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. But when she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, underprivileged, and anxious thirteen-year-old to become one of America’s most groundbreaking dancers. A true prodigy, she was attempting in months roles that take most dancers years to master. But when Misty became caught between the control and comfort she found in the world of ballet and the harsh realities of her own life, she had to choose to embrace both her identity and her dreams, and find the courage to be one of a kind.

With an insider’s passion, Misty opens a window into the life of an artist who lives life center stage, from behind the scenes at her first classes to her triumphant roles in some of the world’s most iconic ballets. A sensational memoir as “sensitive” and “clear-eyed” (The Washington Post) as her dancing, Life in Motion is a story of passion, identity and grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life.

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Breaking the Glass Ceiling series

I created “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” series on September 20, 2015.  However, I realized that I had been showcasing women (Caucasian & women of Color) that have broken the glass ceiling over the past few years in my posts.
While there are women who may not necessarily be the first woman in history–my focus is on living women since one can relate to them better than trailblazers of the past..
One should note; that there are some videos which have expired; however, usually there is a narrative and/or a link to their bibliographies to learn about them and their accomplishments.   The vast majority of these modern women trailblazers have also written at least one book.
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Do you know a trailblazer?
If you know of an a woman who has broken the glass ceiling; feel free to contact me.  My contact info is at the end of this post.
November 1, 2015
October 19, 2015
October 11, 2015
October 4, 2015
September 20, 2015
Prior to official launch on September 20, 2015 “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” series
September 14, 2015
Vanessa Williams is the first African American woman to be crowned Miss America.
April 29. 2015
Janet Reno is the first U.S. Attorney General; however, Loretta Lynch is the first African American woman AG.
November 16, 2014
Aung San Suu Kyi leader of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar won the Nov. 2015 election with an absolute majority of the seats in the combined parliament.  Unfortunately Ms. Suu Kyi was barred from becoming Myanmar’s president since her late husband and children are British.  
October 10, 2014
Malala Yousafzai from Pakistani is the youngest Nobel prize laureate and youngest woman (teenager) to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
Three women (Albright, Rice & Clinton) have broken the glass ceiling as U.S. Secretary of State.
July 17, 2014
Hillary Clinton is the first woman who served as first lady and U.S. Senator to become U.S. Secretary of State.
July 15, 2014
Madeleine Albright is the first US Secretary of State; and Condoleezza Rice is the first African American woman.
July 13, 2014
Madeleine Albright the first woman U.S. Secretary of State.
May 20, 2014
Based on a true story; Gugu Mbatha-Raw is the first British-South African woman to star in a Jane Austen heroinemovie. This is the first film where the key roles are lead by women; star Gugu Mbatha-Raw, director Amma Asante (Ghanaian-British) and writer Dr. Misan Sagay (British-Nigerian).
April 23, 2014
Lupita Nyoug’o, first Mexican-Kenyan woman to be selected as People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Person. 
February 6, 2014
Cristeta Comerford, first woman & first person of Asian descent (Filipino-American) to become White House Executive Chef.
January 22, 2014
Diana Nyad is the first person ever to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage at age 64. 
October 9, 2013
Janet Yellen the first woman Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System 
September 13, 2013
Susan Rice is the first African-American woman to become UN Ambassador and the second African-American woman to become National Security Advisor.
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August 3, 2013
Russian Valentina Tereshkova is the first woman to travel in space & Dr. Mae Jemison is the first African-American woman to travel in space; however, I haven’t written about them yet.  Joan Higginbotham is the third African-American woman to have travelled in space.
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​Misty Copeland age 13 or 14 performed the lead 
role of Clara in The Nutcracker after her first 8
months of ballet training. 
 
Generally it takes 3 years for ballet  students to stand 
on their toes.  It only took Misty 3 months.
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Happy Holidays!
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Camille
Tea & Opera series, founder
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Cyber Monday (Home Alone) vs. Cyber Shopping Socials – Which one suits you?

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Hello Everyone:
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Cyber Monday (Home Alone) is November 30th and allows one to shop from the comforts their warm home or during their breaks at their workplace.    
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Note:  You can now shop on-line for door busters starting as early as Thanksgiving Day morning  midnight tonight at some of the big box retailers for their deep discounts–all from the comfort of your home vs. standing in a dark parking lot wet and shivering prior to the doors opening on Black Friday.  
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See NCM Blog below “This Comedienne’s Black Friday experience will leave you laughing”.
 
By now people are aware of what to look for regarding on-line security. When in doubt, use your Pay Pal account or a prepaid card that you have transferred money onto for the purpose of shopping on-line.
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CYBER SHOPPING SOCIALS
For those of you that like the convenience of cyber shopping and also like mingling and sharing people; consider CYBER SHOPPING SOCIALS which are safe, comfortable, creative and fun..
Host a casual Cyber shopping social by Inviting an intimate number of your family, friends and neighbors over for holiday gift shopping any day during the work week  or the weekends leading up to Christmas.  
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For the recipe; see PDF file attachment  
White House Christmas Tour Book 2014
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Guests can bring their own notebooks and tablets.  If you like having food and beverages make something simple like chili in a crock pot or spread out some deli meats breads and cheeses for your guests to make their own sandwiches.  Paper plates and disposal utensils will make clean-up a breeze.
The host may prefer to have cookies and hot chocolate instead.  For those that like to bake there’s a recipe for Gingerbread cookies in the White House Christmas Tour Book 2014.  (see PDF file attachment below)  

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Put on some holiday music and your Cyber shopping socials eliminates the negative elements of Black Friday and that home alone feeling of Cyber Monday. Instead Cyber shopping socials shines a light on the positive elements of Small Business Saturday mingling and sharing with people.
See NCM Blog below BE NOBLE, SHOP LOCAL Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015.
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One can host several Cyber shopping socials leading up to New Year 2016 or a guest may decide to host one in their home.  Every year the White House has a Christmas theme.  Last year it was “A Children’s Winter Wonderland”.  (see PDF file attachment below)   You may decide to have a theme for your Cyber shopping socials.
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If children will be in attendance provide them with their own room or area to craft holiday cards, decorations or play games.
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Cyber shopping with friends

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Cyber “Shop & Sip” with friends

Couple enjoying cyber shopping​
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Perfect for seniors or those physically challenged
Cyber shopping socials are perfect for seniors or individuals who are physically challenged providing a way to participate without the hassle of going to a shopping mall or walking throughout their neighborhood to purchase gifts; –which can be physically taxing.
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Senior couple & daughter cyber shop hassle free

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Cyber shopping – a family affair

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Happy Thanksgiving!
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BE NOBLE, SHOP LOCAL – Small Business Saturday Nov. 28, 2015

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Saturday, November 28th

For those who want the experience of purchasing unique gifts and supporting your community’s stores, boutiques and restaurants; then Shop Small Business Saturday is for you which is  now in its 6th year.  The concept was created by American Express in 2010.  
 
Details about the day and its history are at the link above President Obama’s photo.
 
To find participating shops, restaurants in your city or state; click on the MAP link. MAP of Small businesses in your city
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President Obama with his daughters Sasha and Malia purchased 17 books on  “Shop Small Business Saturday” at Politics and Prose bookstore 
Washington, D.C._2014 

URBAN CARGO  On-line business

On-line businesses can also participate in Shop Small Business Saturday
Urban Cargo pictured below increased their on-line customer base 3X during their
on-line business launch a several years ago.
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43rd annual Noel Night – Detroit, MI

SAVE THE DATE:Saturday, December 5, 2015

The 43rd annual Noel Night will take place on Saturday, December 5th, from 5:00-10:00 p.m. in Detroit’s Midtown District. Over 70 institutions, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Michigan Science Center,the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum, and the Detroit Public Library, will open their doors to the public free of charge during this Cultural Center-wide holiday open house.

Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 200 area music, theatre, and dance groups, and other special performances by Madeleine PeyrouxBronze Radio ReturnThe Diving BellImani WindsJeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys and Thornetta Davis.

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Donna D Jewelry 
These unique jewelry pieces can be purchased at the DIA’s museum shop throughout the 30 Americans Exhibit. Free admission to this exhibition is Saturday, Dec. 5th (Noel Night) and Sunday, Dec. 6th.

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November 22, 2015
Be Noble, Shop Local
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This Comedienne’s Black Friday experience will leave you laughing

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Hello Everyone:

If you still have visions of Black Friday being a delightful experience then comedienne Karen Alloy’s video below retelling of her Black Friday shopping experience is hilarious while “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” plays in the background.

​Comedienne Karen Alloy

“Freedom From Want”

Norman Rockwell, artist 1943​
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“​Freedom To Shop”
artists consumers & retailers, circa 2014

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Hillary Clinton’s Speech on How to Defeat ISIS at the Council of Foreign Relations – Video

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Former Secretary State Hillary Clinton, a 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, gave a national security address in which she outlined her plans for defeating ISIS on November 19, 2015, 

Hillary Clinton addressed the independent non-partisan organization Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), founded in 1921, is a United States non profit, 4900 member organization, publisher, and think tank specializing in U.S. foreign policy and international affairs, headquartered in New York City.  Its membership has included senior politicians, more than a dozen secretaries of state, CIA directors, bankers, lawyers, professors, and senior media figures. 

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The council has extended an invitation to all 2016 presidential candidates.
Hillary Clinton’s address is 35 minutes with 30 minutes of questions asked by Fareed Zakari, host CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS.and editor at large of Time Magazine.
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​Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state; and 2016 presidential candidate addresses the Council on Foreign Relations_November 19, 2015
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David Brooks
Op-Ed Columnist
New York Times
November 20, 2015

“This week we had a chance to watch Hillary Clinton respond in real time to a complex foreign policy challenge. On Thursday, six days after the Paris attacks, she gave a comprehensive antiterrorism speech at the Council on Foreign Relations.

“The speech was very impressive. While other candidates are content to issue vague calls to get tough on terror, Clinton offered a multilayered but coherent framework, not only dealing with ISIS but also putting that threat within the crosscutting conflicts that are inflaming the Middle East.”

To continue reading; go to:  Hillary Clinton Takes On ISIS – Article

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Democratic Presidential Debate (CBS): Clinton, Sanders & O’Malley; Nov-14, 2015 – FULL Video

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Hello Everyone:
If you missed the 2nd Democratic debate last night; below in Parts 1 – 5 are the FULL videos of the debate with analysis from Major Garrett, chief correspondentWhite House with CBS; Lynda Tran, founding partner 270 Strategies andSteve Chaggaris, senior political editor CBS News and partner Twitter. 
While this debate was initially focused on the Economy and Domestic Issues; the opening and Part 1 of the video changed to Foreign Policy in light of the terror attacks in Paris.

John Dickerson, host on CBS Face The Nation was an outstanding moderator keeping control of the debate.along with his team Nancy Cordes, CBS News congressional correspondent, Kevin Cooney, Iowa’s KCCI-TV anchor and Kathie Obradovich, Des Moines Registerpolitical columnist.  (see article below)

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Introduction & Foreign Policy
The Middle Class. Economy & Domestic
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Closing Remarks
Bernie Sanders, senator, Hillary Clinton, former 
sec. of state and Martin O’Malley, former governor

One day after the Paris attacks, Democrats viewed him as unprepared to talk in depth about foreign policy.

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In a tough debate season for TV questioners, the CBS moderator was almost perfect.
​John Dickerson, host CBS Face The Nation 
Nov. 14, 2014
Next GOP debate Tuesday, December 15, 2015.  More details at the link.
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Next DNC debate Saturday, December 19, 2015 More details at the link
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Ellen DeGeneres just save Christmas from the Starbucks Holiday Cup Controversy

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Hello Everyone!


Ellen DeGeneres just saved Christmas from the likes of Donald Trump,and his “ilk”who are angry about Starbucks new holiday cups; they are really angry; and of course “The Donald” thinks we should boycott Starbucks even went so far as to say “I’m going to cancel Starbucks lease in one of my buildings.”
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Bill Bradley
Entertainment Editor
The Huffington Post
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Starbucks’ new holiday cup, or as Ellen puts it, a “Satan Sipper,” doesn’t feature any wintry designs like it has in previous years, and it’s making a lot of Christians mad, apparently. Well, the talk show host now has the perfect solution.

Introducing Starbucks Holiday Vision Glasses!

For the low, low price of $99, which, according to Ellen, is less than a venti frappuccino, you can see Christmas everywhere you look.

There you have it! Ellen says we can now all enjoy the snowflakes and elves and all that other stuff in the Bible that Starbucks tried to deny us. The talk show host does give one disclaimer, though. “Remember: Don’t wear them when you’re driving. If you do, let Jesus take the wheel.”

Enjoy your Starbucks!
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