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Spoken-Word and Ballet Walk Up to a Barre…

Ballerina Misty Copeland and spoken-word artist Saul Williams team up for cool new Under Armour ad campaign.

Ernest Hardyby Ernest Hardy
Photo courtesy of Under Armour.

Under Armour’s new ad campaign, Unlike Any, celebrates the athletic gifts of women – Tae kwon do expert Zoe Zhang, long-distance runner Alison Desir, stuntwoman Jessie Graff, Olympic sprinter Natasha Hastings, snowboarder Lindsey Vonn, and future (if not current) ballet legend Misty Copeland – the first African American Female Principal Dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. The six women have been teamed with poets/writers/spoken word artists who capture their unique gifts and celebrate their groundbreaking athleticism and artistry. Copeland is paired with Saul Williams, and for the occasion he wrote the following:

“The systemic structure built to keep me in place is the stage I dance on / Black and woman… Born in a landmine… I am a testament twirled into afterthought… To match my strength is to feel your own.”

To hear the whole thing and see Copeland in action, press play: