Misty Copeland and Barack Obama

They discuss topics including racial discrimination and female empowerment.

The first African American president and the first black principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater have much more in common than their success. Both have risen to the pinnacle of institutions that have historically been led by whites. Both were raised by determined single mothers and born into multi-racial families. And both seek to use their unique positions of power to inspire a generation of kids who may not see a clear path forward toward success.

Time magazine

Click through to Time to watch the interview.

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in praise of UCLA Floor

The Gym Digest put together a greatest hits list – some of Miss Val’s best routines.

For example, Stella Umeh.

She won NCAA floor titles in 1995 and 1998 and was a member of the team that won UCLA’s first team championship in 1997. Her 1998 routine seen here won a perfect 10, the first of her career.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Of the many great routines selected, my own favourite is probably Brittani McCullough (2010). This routine was shocking LIVE. Much more so than on YouTube.

See the whole list – COLLEGE: UCLA’S FANTASTIC FLOOR.