Misty Copeland, the Missouri-born dancer who has become a forceful voice for diversity in ballet, was named a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre on Tuesday — the first black ballerina to achieve that status in the company's 75-year history.
The company announced the promotion six days after Copeland made her New York debut in the role of Odette/Odile in "Swan Lake," one of the most important roles in a ballerina's repertoire. The emotional performance ended with Copeland being greeted onstage by trailblazing black ballerinas of earlier generations.
Copeland, 32, has become a celebrity in the past several years, making the cover of Time magazine as one of the most influential figures of 2015, and writing a bestselling memoir, "Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina," in which she recounted the challenges she faced on the road to her hard-won perch in ballet — and which has been optioned for a movie. She also was the subject of a documentary at this year's Tribeca Film Festival.
Copeland also was featured in a popular ad for Under Armour sportswear that shows her leaping and spinning in a studio, while a narrator recounts some of the negative feedback she received as a youngster, when she was told she had the wrong body for ballet and had started too late — at 13.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner split
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are splitting after 10 years of marriage. The Oscar winner and his wife sent out a statement Tuesday. "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time," the couple said. "This will be our only comment on this private, family matter." Affleck will continue to live on the couple's property in a separate house and the two will continue to co-parent their three children, Violet Affleck, Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck and Samuel Garner Affleck, a source said. The couple also plan to go to a mediator to settle their divorce, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Affleck and Garner met while making 2003's "Daredevil"and wed in 2005.
Changed: Justin Bieber, 21, credited a Pentecostal pastor with changing his life as he mingled with thousands of Christians at a five-day church conference in Sydney. The Canadian pop star praised Hillsong Church's New York City pastor Carl Lentz, who has recruited several American celebrities and sports stars to the Sydney-headquartered church. "I'm glad to know him. He's changed my life," Ten Network television reported Bieber as saying.