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NOV 2018

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64 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 11.18 What do you like about dance? "It's a universal language. It's always fun to be able to express yourself to people without having to talk. You can go to any place and dance, and you can kind of reveal what you're trying to say." How does one become woke? "It's a mind state. The definition of 'woke' isn't static. You always have to be willing to learn. Some people, when you call them out, or tell them how something is offensive, or how things are changing — the definition of being 'woke' is to see that and instead of being defensive, you look at yourself and address the parts that could be bigoted or biased in some form, and to be able to change that for the better." Do you see more and more people finding common ground? "It's definitely happening, but I wish it was happening more. The people lower on the ladder can say all they want, but we need people on the top aware so they can change things. If black people hadn't gotten some white people in power aware, civil rights would've gone nowhere. We still have far to go. It can't just be oppressed people. "I just want society to be Super Kids. There are so many out there. They might not be doing extravagant things, but the stuff they have to deal with, and the way they're still rising from that and fighting through it — everyone's goal should be equity. There are so many people that aren't being heard that need to be heard." Tell me about your outfit. "This is bubu. My dad is from Benin. It's a country in West Africa, and that's where my heritage is from. It's a traditional outfit that he brought back last year when he went to visit our family. "I've been to the Ivory Coast. I have some family over there, too. I haven't been to Benin yet. Going (to Africa) was kind of like a culture shock, even though it's your own culture. You see how the definition of Africa isn't what you think it is. You go, and you see these crazy, beautiful buildings and nice streets. You also see the harsher parts. It's all there. You get to go and see the whole thing and feel connected to it. Plus, my grandma's cooking is really good." Michael Crinot Age 17, 11th grade, St. Francis High The son of a Beninese immigrant, Michael is a student with many talents. He juggles for two circus troupes in town and dances with the Louisville Dance Alliance and the Ford Dance Company. He also plays soccer. As vice president of his school's Black Students Association, he's committed to issues of race and justice.

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