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November 24, 2020

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2015 San Pedro Prep Softball Preview -

Friday, May 1, 2015

Art Preview: ‘Non-Native’ by Ingrid Dietrich -

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

San Pedro Prep Baseball 2015 Preview -

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Recapping The Final Gaffey Street Community Workshop -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tiffany Torres Bears Down For Success At POLA High -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

San Pedro Fish Market Launches Scholarship Contest -

Thursday, January 15, 2015

San Pedro’s Rita Fiorenza Is A Basketball Revelation -

Thursday, January 15, 2015

‘No Lane Reductions’ As Gaffey Street Redevelopment Plans Move Forward -

Friday, January 9, 2015

San Pedro Prep Sports 2014 Fall Review -

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

LAPD Harbor Division and Philie B’s Pizza To Host Charity Events This Weekend -

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

San Pedro Holiday Parade Returns Sunday with a Twist -

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Winter Wonderland Comes To The Waterfront -

Monday, December 1, 2014

One-Way Streets May Come to Downtown San Pedro -

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

San Pedro’s Two Newest Volleyball Skyscrapers: Allison Kittell & Tracy Folchi -

Monday, November 10, 2014

San Pedro and POLA Prep Girls Cross-Country Preview: Running For More Glory -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

International Craft Beer Festival Comes to Crafted This Weekend -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Second Workshop for Urban Greening Project Receives Warm Reception from Community -

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Construction of Mixed-Use Apartment Complex on Gaffey Could Begin Next Spring -

Thursday, September 25, 2014

UPDATE: Blaze Inside Port of L.A. in Wilmington Nearly Contained; Air Quality Deemed ‘Safe’ -

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

San Pedro High Football Off To Another Strong Start -

Monday, September 22, 2014

Misty Copeland Promotes Memoir in LA

Misty Copeland reads an excerpt from her memoir at her Live Talk at Santa Monica's Bergamot Station on March 13. The American Ballet Theatre soloist was interviewed by hip hop choreographer and fellow San Pedro High School alum Fatima Robinson (left). (Photo: Megan Barnes)

Ballet star Misty Copeland, who was discovered when she was 13 at the San Pedro Boys and Girls Club, visited Los Angeles yesterday, giving a Live Talk and appearing on The Arsenio Hall Show in support of her New York Times bestselling memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina.

The 31-year-old soloist in American Ballet Theatre, one of the world’s leading classical ballet companies, is currently juggling her book tour with preparing several leading roles for the company’s spring season. Copeland is the first African-American female soloist at the company in nearly two decades.

Fans, many young dancers and students from the San Pedro Boys and Girls Club were in attendance at the Live Talk at Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station. Hours earlier, she recorded a segment on The Arsenio Hall Show, where Hall announced that her book became a New York Times bestseller.

Copeland was interviewed by choreographer, music video director and fellow San Pedro High School alum Fatima Robinson, who recently choreographed Pharrell Williams’ Academy Awards performance of “Happy.”

“I received this book in the mail and sat down and started reading it and was in complete shock on how our lives parallel,” said Robinson, who has choreographed for Prince, Aaliyah, the Blackeyed Peas and Usher, among other big name artists.”It’s so interesting to read someone’s story parallel yours so much, but your world was ballet and my world was hip hop.”

Copeland read several excerpts from the book, starting with one about dancing in the Point Fermin Elementary School talent show with her childhood best friends, who were in the audience.

She shared her experience going from living in a run-down motel with her single mother and five siblings, to touring China as an apprentice with American Ballet Theatre after only four years of training. For the first ten years of her career at the company, she was the only African-American woman.

“In the beginning of my professional career I realized, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m alone!’ There were 80 dancers and I was the only African-American woman for a decade and I think that was when I kind of started to going back to the way I was when I was a child and I was very introverted and very shy.”

Copeland talked about dancing through the pain of stress fractures to her tibia when she danced the principal role of the Firebird in 2012; an injury that would sideline her for months.

“There’s something so beautiful about the classical ballet tradition and the way it prepares you from day one not only physically, but mentally and emotionally. I’ve never met stronger people than ballerinas,” Copeland said. “I knew [dancing the Firebird] was a huge opportunity for me and a small window I had to really own and do my research for and become that character to show that I can carry a full length ballet on my shoulders.”

When asked what advice she has for young African-American ballet dancers, Copeland said to dream big.

“To believe in themselves — to dream bigger than they can ever imagine because I think those big dreams are what’s going to push them to achieve more than they have in front of them.”

After taking questions from the audience, Copeland signed copies of her book and took photos with the Boys and Girls Club students, who informed her that the club is opening a new dance studio in her name.

Misty Copeland poses with members of the San Pedro Boys and Girls Club, where she was discovered at 13 and where a new dance studio will be opened in her name. (Photo: Megan Barnes)

Misty Copeland poses with dance students from the San Pedro Boys and Girls Club at her Live Talk on March 13. (Photo: Megan Barnes)

Check out Copeland’s performance on The Arsenio Hall Show below: