“Dance like nobody is watching.” Everybody is watching the 19 year old Sierra Leonean-American ballet dancer Michaela DePrince. From orphanage to triumph, this young lady’s journey is one to note. In her memoir, Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina, Michaela DePrince shares her story that is inspirational and admirable. #videosweadore
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By Cairo Amani
I love vampires.
From the incarnations of Anne Rice’s Lestat to Shori, Octavia Butler’s seemingly eleven-year old browned-skinned bad ass; from Nalo Hopkinson’s Soucouyant to Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot and of course, I love Dracula. Like any fan, I can get picky about my vampire lore. (I’m not a fan of Twilight’s rendition). I knew Dracula Untold would not be a remake of Bram Stroker’s famous novel but still, I figured there would be nods to a well known, legendary story so I bought a ticket to catch it on the debut.
But as I settled in my seat, the lights dimmed and the narration came on I got ready for a story I hadn’t heard, a story that might change the way I view one of my favorite fantasy villains. The story is of a Transylvanian prince taken by the Turks and trained to be a ferocious warrior. The prince returns to Transylvania after a gruesome war, to repent for his sins and to rule his kingdom.
Transylvania is a historical region in Romania. Romania is in Eastern Europe, near places like Turkey and Hungary. Our main character, Vlad the Impaler, is tan skinned with dark hair and eyes.
But he has a British accent.