Prima Ballerina: 'Misty Copeland'
- Misty Copeland is an MGM-Mixed Ballerina who is both of the
African-American ethnic grouping and who's lineage includes
that of African and European (German and Italian) ancestry
Misty Copeland is such a fabulous, talented and
gifted ballerina (a prodigy who, by the way, didn't
even start ballet until she was 13 years old) ---
that in 1998 her ballet teacher (Cynthia Bradley)
actually took the unscrupulous action of trying to
take custody of the then teenaged Misty from her
working-class, divorced mother, `Sylvia DelaCerna'.
Bradley falsely alleged that since Mrs. DelaCerna did not
have the same `inside connections' that might boost Misty's
career -- she felt that it would be "harmful" to Misty not
to allow her to be in the custody of the person whose
money and influence would allot her better opportunities.
Bradley even went so far as to deceive Misty into filing a
request for emancipation by falsely telling Misty that her
mom planned to forbid her to take anymore ballet lessons.
Attorney Gloria AllRed took the case for
Misty's mom and Mrs. DelaCerna won.
Misty's career is doing quite amazing even
without the "help" of her former ballet teacher.
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