Embracing the Arts: One Elevé at a Time

Have you ever been somewhere where you were one of a few, or more surprisingly, the sole black person in the room? Please do not tell me I am the only one that has provided a little hint of color in a theatre or venue.

If you are a fan of the classical arts—particularly ballet, you may see this a lot. Instead of feeling like the elephant in the room, relish the opportunity to embrace a new art form and enjoy yourself.

Granted, there is a lack of black ballerinas, so sometimes it is hard to want to attend events where you do not feel a kinship to anyone. However being one of a handful of black people in the room doesn’t mean one still can’t grab up a girlfriend and watch some stellar ballet moves. Who knows? It may even have you questioning your own flexibility.

Click here to read the rest of this article that I wrote for Clutch Magazine!

Photo via Clutch Magazine


Shermika is a writer constantly in search of her next freelance gig and an ending to her short stories. She loves to plan trips, eat tasty delicacies, and tip toe in heels. She enjoys unique jewelry, good music, reading, and chic dresses.

4 thoughts to “Embracing the Arts: One Elevé at a Time”

  1. Congrats on this amazing feature! Well written and absolutely true. I love the arts and being in interior design I'm usually the only black face in a sea of white. It's unfortunate but it won't discourage my love for one minute!

    1. @Shanny: I can totally understand. I was an English major in college and often I was the only black girl in the room. But we CANNOT let it discourage us. I'm so happy about the field you've chosen. Whenever I get a place I WANT to redecorate, I have someone to call on. You are amazingly talented!! I've seen some of the stuff you've put together on Polyvore and the design pieces you show on the site/Tumblr. Keep on rocking it out! Thanks for reading the article and commenting! We appreciate you soooo much!

      @Javacia: It's a long but good story girl. Let's just say months of persistence pays off. Thanks for enjoying the story. 😉

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