Misty Copeland On Bringing Diversity To Classical Ballet

5803
Published on October 6, 2015

As the first African American female principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland feels that speaking about diversity is why she’s here.

Watch The Late Show with Steven Colbert weeknights, starting September 8th, at 11:35 AM ET/10:35 PM CT. Only on CBS.

Get the CBS app for iPhone & iPad!
Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next day, stream live TV, and watch full seasons of CBS fan favorites anytime, anywhere with CBS All Access. Try it free!

Category Tag

17 comments

  • COSMO 3 years ago

    She’s hot

    Reply
  • Christian Ulf 3 years ago

    Obviously. So sad that the color of our outer most layer of protection –
    skin – is such a big deal and has to cover so much of our daily feed.

    Reply
  • Titty Mcgee 3 years ago

    African women are the least desired demographic in online dating sites.

    Reply
  • Coregame3 3 years ago

    How is she considered an African American? She’s looks more white than
    black.

    Reply
  • Pickle Master 3 years ago

    I knew Stephen was really a liberal but jeez. Who honestly cares about
    “diversity” now? Just let it happen naturally and don’t make a spectacle of
    it. There’s nothing wrong with leaving things to themselves, you’re not
    trying to prove anything nowadays. It more comes across as tokenism for its
    own sake.

    Reply
  • reNNDinclusus 3 years ago

    Considering the fact that ABT was established in the late 30s and America’s
    been a thing since the 1700s, I really think comparing glass ceilings in
    this context is apples-to-oranges.

    Reply
  • Dasaun McClinton 3 years ago

    I understand what they are saying, but considering that ballet is a
    European tradition, I don’t see the problem with not having diversity in
    that field. As a black man, I find it odd that if white people wear dreads
    and sag their pants, it’s cultural appropriation, but if people of color
    start taking part in or taking over a traditionally European thing, it’s
    diversification. Cultural appropriation is terrible, I know, but this seems
    extremely one sided.

    Reply
  • Alan Jeffrey 3 years ago

    “If a Papua New Guinean hooks up with a Swedish person all you get is a
    human. There’s no new thing you’re going to get. You just get a human.
    Japanese woman jumping the African guy, all you get is a human. They’re all
    humans. So this is a lesson to be learned. There really is, for humankind
    there’s really no such thing as race. There’s different tribes but not
    different races. We’re all one species.” Bill Nye

    Reply
  • James Orlando 3 years ago

    What does it matter if she’s black? Is she any good that’s all that
    matters. I hate how everything is about race, gender, sexuality etc…
    today. People can’t just be individuals any more. It’s a sign of the moral
    decay of the republic and foreign collectivist ideology infecting America.

    Reply
  • AP12uZvfvag 3 years ago

    Diversity, eh? How about some body diversity too? Who will be the first 300
    lb principal ballerina?

    Reply
  • Dixon Francois Jr. 3 years ago

    This is cool.

    Reply
  • fightwatcher07 3 years ago

    why does everything have to be racially motivated. jesus christ it’s
    getting really fucking annoying.

    Reply
  • Wily Werewolf 3 years ago

    the least possible black shade popped up, no wonder

    Reply
  • mirabai305 3 years ago

    Seems quite reasonable that other countries have a dearth of
    African-American ballerinas. It’s funny how every black person is now
    called African-American regardless of their actual country of origin.

    Reply
  • Jock James 3 years ago

    that woman is half way white.

    Reply
  • Maureen Gochett 3 years ago

    Go Misty!!!

    Reply
  • AstroAthena2421 3 years ago

    She’s not the first African American Principal Ballerina. Houston had
    theirs, Lauren Anderson, who is considered one of the best in the US.

    Reply

Add your comment

Your email address will not be published.