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MICHAELA DEPRINCE

OkayAfrica's 100 Women celebrates African women who are making waves, shattering ceilings, and uplifting their communities.

Michaela DePrince is an example of survival and sophistication. She is a 22-year-old Sierra Leonean-American ballerina, author, ambassador for War Child Holland and Grand Sujet for the Dutch National Ballet’s main company. She survived the civil war in Sierra Leone, the death of her parents and abuse while in foster care as a result of having vitiligo.




As a toddler, she was introduced to ballet when she found a photo of a ballerina blowing in the wind. An American family adopted her and nurtured her interest in ballet, which led to stardom.



DePrince first became a household name when she featured in the ballet documentary, First Position. With the help of her adoptive mother she wrote a memoir, Taking Flight, which tells of her experience from surviving a civil war to becoming a ballerina. Since its release, the book has been translated and published under different titles in over 10 countries. She has made appearances on Dancing with the Stars, Good Morning America and Oprah magazine. In 2016, she made a cameo in Beyoncé’s visual album, Lemonade.



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We know that Black queer DJs from the Midwest are behind the creation of house and dance music. Yet, a look at the current electronic scene will find it terribly whitewashed and gentrified, with the current prominent acts spinning tracks sung by unnamed soulful singers from time to time. Like many art forms created by Black people all over the world, the industry hasn't paid homage to its pioneers, despite the obvious influence they have. Thankfully, the independent music scene is thriving with many Black acts inspired by their forefathers and mothers who are here to revolutionize electronic music. Here are a list of the ones you should check out:

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