I'M UNLIKE ANY

 

Dancer and I/O community member Marissa Mayer told us that her favorite sports moment was when Misty Copeland became the first African American to be named as principal ballerina at the American Ballet Theatre.

And not only was her nomination a revolution in classical dance, by challenging stereotypes in a rather conservative and stagnant domaine she has also provided inspiration to an entire new generation of young women. 

 

Through "Unlike Any" a campaign and video seriesUnder Armour celebrates this unique athlete, along with four other powerful women, namely Zoe Zhang Natasha Hasting, Jessie Graff and Alison Desir, athletes who are "breaking convention and elevating themselves above any plane of comparison." 

We have chosen to share the film starring Misty Copeland, glorified in a poem written by Saul Williams, the renowned American rapper, singer-songwriter, actor, and poet. And the results are stunning. 

 

For Misty, by Saul Williams.

The systemic structure built to keep me in place
is the stage I dance on.
Black and Woman.

Motherships, my mother’s hips beheld deep space.
Astronaut of corporal grace.
Born in a land mine.
As an idea points its toe to flex
to shape the form of possibility
I am testament twirled into afterthought
the touch and taste of epiphany.


To match my strength is to feel your own
Yet, like any born to blaze a trail to sing a song and land in jail
to risk it all to change the game to shift the form and take its name
when chased by dogs and pats des chats to shatter norms
to solo and to feel alone
to take up space in history’s home
to harbor hopes wishes and dreams 
to bring the untold into being

The oppressor's gaze ain’t all-eye-seeing
I'm unlike any.