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"Parents, this is the story you should tell your kids when someone tells them they're not good enough," advises WCPO Cincinnati's Kathrine Nero. Nero is referring, of course, to yesterday's late-breaking news that Misty Copeland had just become the first African-American woman to be named a principal ballerina in the 75-year history of American Ballet Theater (at nearly 90,000 shares so far, and showing no signs of stopping). "It's not often I get a breaking news alert about ballet, but this is an exciting announcement from ABT," declares Skylar Browning with The Missoula Independent. "Misty Copeland is not just a ballet goddess, but a barrier buster. So although it's ballet, it's actually big news," agrees Arianna Prothero with Education Week. "Misty Copeland is a true American hero. Beautiful inside and out. No obstacle left standing," concludes Michelle Jones with AJC.com. “Thank you so, so much for your support — it means so much to me to have you all here,” Copeland said after the announcement, according to the New York Times. “It’s such a special day for me, and for so many people who have come before me."
While this moment spelled a tremendous victory for African American women, however, it happened to coincide with a loss for African American journalism (by way of Britain)--namely, U.S.-based Guardian reporter Gary Younge, who is saying farewell to America after concluding it's no safe place for his children: "Once I had kids I had skin in the game. Black skin in a game with bad odds," he writes. "After 12 years, @GaryYounge is leaving the US [as] racial frictions seem certain to spark another summer of conflict," elaborates Mehreen Zahra-Malik at Reuters. It's a brutal but beautifully crafted read, released at the same time as a Guardian projection that police killings are headed for 1,100 this year, with black Americans twice as likely to die as white Americans. Simultaneously, another historic black church just became the seventh to burn in the South after the Charleston shooting. "A prominent black church in South Carolina that was burned to the ground by the KKK in 1995 is currently on fire," WBUR Boston's Ben Swasey tweeted last night. Although early signs indicate this particular fire was not arson, the timing is unfortunate, to say the least. "I don't know what the security solution is to prevent another but something needs to be done ASAP," insists Kenneth Moton at ABC News.
Today's "headline of the day" award indisputably goes to the LA Times for "Woman gives birth, fights off bees, starts wildfire in Northern California." Washington Post's Mark Berman jokes, "Tuesdays, Am I Right." CNN's Heather Kelly comments on a quote: "'The bees wanted the placenta, she said with a chuckle.' Things that would never make me chuckle." Also noteworthy: New York City's mayor Bill de Blasio just put the governor of New York on notice, blasting Gov. Andrew Cuomo for "game-playing" and acting on "revenge." NYT's Mike Grynbaum muses, "Not quite Man Bites Dog, but it's close: Mayor Blasts Governor is on A1 today." Elsewhere in politics, we don't know how this happened, but BuzzFeed somehow convinced Ted Cruz to audition for "The Simpsons." On that note, President Barack Obama is expected to announce today that the U.S. and Cuba will reopen embassies in each other's capitals. Also popular in politics is this WaPo post on the 81 things that Mike Huckabee has denounced. Plus, rumor has it that Greece is prepped to accept all bailout conditions with only minor changes.