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“I’m Not Britney” starring Ndoema, Directed by Philip Christon via [IMDbPro]


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I saw this short film at the 2009 Women of Color Arts & Film (WOCAF) Festival in Atlanta that was presented by Mojisola Sonoiki of Iyalode Productions; and I fell in love with it on the spot. I never get tired of watching it and it never fails to leave me wanting more. The beautiful Ndoema is ferocious and fearless!

Plot Summary for
I’m Not Britney //

Global beauty Ndoema stars in this socially defiant and visually dazzling film boasting sixteen wardrobe changes, eight international leading men, a host of young women spanning five continents and a blistering send-off to Hollywood‘s stereotypical booty-girl syndrome. A masterful blending of art and activism, music video style and spoken word performance, ‘I’m Not Britney’ is a highly stylized visual feast that pushes the boundaries of cinematic language and captures the powerful words of Ndoema’s empowering stance.

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Added BONUS: Here is a Sneak peek Trailer of THEGLOBALGIRL.COM – The first Fashion, Entertainment and Lifestyle destination for the global generation. Hear what people across the globe are saying about Ndoema’s powerful message.

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Biography for
Ndoema  //

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Big natural hair

TriviaMade her screen debut at age three in a documentary that aired on National French Television.

Is an accomplished fashion designer. Taught fashion at Parsons, New York. Was featured in Variety’s Designing Hollywood Special Issue and produced large-scale multimedia fashion shows sponsored by Japanese cosmetic giant Shiseido, Vespa and Wilhelmina Models.

Graduate of the French National School of Music, Dance and Dramatic Art.

Received her first law degree at the age of nineteen. Has a Bachelors Degree in Law (Université Jean-Monnet, Paris), a Masters Degree in International Law (Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva), a Masters Degree in International Relations (École des Hautes Études Internationales, Paris) and was a PhD candidate in International Law at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland before moving to Hollywood and becoming a producer.

Became temporarily blind at the age of seventeen.

Recipient of Harvard Law School special invitation to conduct research on the interconnectivity of Human Rights, Women’s Rights and AIDS in Africa under the mentorship of Harvard Professor and former Director of the United Nations World Health Organization’s global AIDS program, Prof. Jonathan Mann.

Is raw vegan.

Is a lifelong human rights activist. Did extensive work on behalf of refugee women and children in Africa (Malawi and Mozambique) and was personally responsible for one of the most successful repatriation operations in the history of the United Nations. Also worked as a legal advisor to the Tibetan Government in Exile in Dharamsala, India and authored reports on the activities of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament, the United Nations Human Rights Committee and the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Grew up under house arrest with guards literally stationed in her living room.

World’s only former Parisian catwalk model with two law degrees.

Loves languages. Studied Sanskrit while living in India and started learning ancient Greek at thirteen.

Born in Bangui, capital of Central African Republic and raised between Central African Republic, France, Cameroon and Switzerland. Lived in India, Cameroon, Switzerland, Spain, Malawi, Mozambique, France, Panama, Central African Republic, the UK, Italy and the US.

Also known as The Global Girl.

Has triple citizenship.

Art+Motion = The Brick Haus Ballerina bka Misty Copeland via [L.Matlock]


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My GFC family members Saint & Steve-O told me about Misty Copeland… by looking at this picture I could see why they would take an interest in her lol…

Misty is regarded as the first African American female soloist for the American Ballet Theatre… however; that can be contested as Nora Kimball danced with ABT in the mid 80’s… at which time Misty was just a toddler… But Misty is the first in 2 decades to achieve the honor…

It took a lot of sacrifice, love & dedication for Misty to be where she is now… Misty started studying ballet at age 13 after being introduced to the dance form at her local Boys & Girls club… the instructor of the program noticed her took her under her wing. Misty signed a managerial & life story contract with her Boys & Girls ballet teacher Cynthia Bradley. She stayed with the Bradley family during the week & went back home to her mother & siblings on the weekends… this arrangement lasted for nearly 3 years… During which time Misty performed in shows, won awards & scholarships… Misty studied independently for her sophomore year in H.S. At the end of her summer San Francisco ballet experience that year, her biological mother informed her she would be moving back in with her family.

Misty believed she wouldn’t be able to dance anymore so she ran away from home & filed for emancipation. Her mother counteracted by filing a restraining order against the Bradley family… talk about drama! Her mother believed the Bradley’s were brain washing Misty… after all the entire emancipation idea was brought up by them & they even secured the lawyer who represented her in the case. After her mother informed her that she would not have to give up dancing Misty stated she didn’t really understand the term emancipation & that she no longer wished to continue the process.

She moved back home & started to attend school full time & danced in the afternoons. The Bradley’s still had authority & rights to 20 percent of Misty’s earnings until she turned 18. In 1999 Misty auditioned for several ballet companies… each one offered her a spot in their summer programs… Misty chose the ABT… she performed in their summer intensive program in 1999 & 2000. At the end of the summer 2000 program, ABT offered Misty to stay… they wanted her to skip her senior year… they would pay for her housing, performances & academic arrangements… Misty joined the company but returned to California for her senior year… In 2001 she became a member of it’s second company Corp de ballet… she worked her way up the ranks from there & the rest is history!

Lets just say I’m slightly jealous… when asked as a child what I wanted to be when I grew up I always replied a ballerina… I even walked around the entire house on my tippy toes… who knows, if I didn’t change my mind by age 7 Misty might have had some serious competition! LOL

Misty Copeland

A rare black dancer in the world of classical ballet, Misty Copeland has catapulted through the ranks since she started dancing at the relatively late age of 13. Now a soloist with American Ballet Theatre, she’s a standout for the rigor and poetry she brings to the classics and for her no-holds-barred attack and energy in contemporary works. In March the California native, 27, was handpicked by Prince to star in his “Crimson and Clover” video. Its success on the Internet has won her a whole new following.

Giorgio Armani’s beaded gray and black silk dress, at Armani/5th Avenue, New York.

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