Day 13 – Biography or Memoir
I chose the memoir by Michaela De Prince called Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina. After hearing her story on television many years ago, I was motivated to read her story. I haven’t yet read this one but I have a feeling it’s going to be very interesting. After living in an orphanage in Sierre Leone where she was badly treated because she suffers from vitiligo and was called the devil’s child because she was the least favorite, she was motivated by a picture she saw in a magazine of a ballerina en pointe that she found outside the orphanage. That picture gave her something positive to focus on. She was eventually adopted by the De Prince family and she’s become an excellent dance with hard work and dedication. She currently dances in a Dutch company.
I’ve always loved ballet and did ballet from age 5 to 17 years old. Back in the day there weren’t any black ballerina’s. I would have liked to be inspired by a black ballerina, so it’s nice to see there are more of them today. It would be nice to have even more of them, especially in the States. The picture on the right is me in my ballet class. I must have been about 12 years old there. Click on the video below to see Michaela De Prince dancing. It’s absolutely beautiful!
Day 14 – Black Love
Today is Valentine’s Day! So I went rummaging for a title of a black love story that maybe wouldn’t come up on the Instagram feed. Something different. I found quite a few obvious ones like An American Marriage and Loving Donovan, but in the end I decided to go with another TBR book, a romance called Zachary’s Wings by Rosemarie Robotham. This is the story of Zachary and Korie who have a passionate love affair despite their different upbringings. Zachary is a social worker from a working-class family and Korie is an Ivy-league-educated reporter and Jamaican born. Clearly there relationship will be tested but hopefully it will survive. The story covers themes of race, class, and sexuality, so it sounds right up my alley. This book was published in 1998 and was Robotham’s debut novel. So let me know down below if you’ve read this one or anything else by her and what you thought of it. It would be nice to read this one after a heavy read.
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