Good Saturday morning, #nerdland! Get warmed up for today's show with one of our favorite discussions last week, Melissa's conversation with ballerina Misty Copeland and violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins about African-Americans in the arts, the importance of government funding, and youth following in their footsteps.
We led off with a solo conversation with Copeland, the first African-American soloist with the American Ballet Theatre in decades. Hall-Tompkins, a member of the Ritz Chamber Players, joined the conversation in the second half, which you can find after the jump. Read more about both women in last week's preview.
Ballerina Misty Copeland shares how she became the first African-American soloist at the American Ballet Theatre in two decades as she and Melissa Harris-Perry discuss the importance of funding the arts.
Violin soloist Kelly Hall Tompkins with Columbia Artists Management joins the table as Melissa Harris-Perry and ballerina Misty Copeland discuss the need for funding the arts, and what it means for young people.