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Born in Kansas City, Missouri, and raised in San Pedro, California, Misty Copeland understands her role as a trailblazer in the classical dance world. She is the first Black female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre. That’s one reason why the New York Times bestselling author decided to write “Black Ballerinas: My Journey to Our Legacy” (Aladdin, $19.99), a children’s book that releases on November 2 ( Copeland is already at work on her next book, which will be about the late ballerina, Raven Wilkinson, who was allowed to perform with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, under the condition that she present herself as a white woman.

An old-time major league pitcher once said he worried about only two types of batter — righthanders and lefthanders. It's the same with airports: Only two kinds of airports present hostile environments: origin and destination. As I covered previously, origin airports are often the worst, but destination airports present their challenges, as well. You can't avoid all of them, but you can avoid some of the worst problems.

The troubled Tokyo Olympics finished with a historically low TV audience over 17 days. NBC averaged 15.5 million viewers according to Nielsen prime-time telecast data, a record low for an Olympics on the network that has carried the Summer Games since 1988. The Tokyo audience declined 42% from the 2016 Summer Games in Rio. Since 2016, competition for viewers has grown exponentially with the ...

Singer-songwriter-producer Kentö said that growing up in Japan, Canada, Brazil and the United States with his multicultural family (Japanese, French, Canadian, Brazilian) had a positive impact on his music. “I get a lot of inspiration from both Brazilian and Japanese drum beats as well as traditional instruments,” said the "Silhouette" singer, who is based out of New York City. “You can hear these influences a lot in my music wrapped up in a little pop bow, of course. I grew up listening to singers from all over the world like Freddie Mercury, Ivete Sangalo, Ayumi Hamasaki and Sylvie Vartan. (They’re) very different artists, but all iconic voices that I tried to emulate growing up and, in my own way, shaped the style and tone of my voice today.” Kentö stays in touch with fans on Instagram (, Facebook ( and Twitter (

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