There was a Black girl and a white girl on stage. The Black girl seemed scared when she looked at me; the white girl barely acknowledged my existence. I could have used my sister. In fact, it was my sister who told me that the white girl who walked me downstairs, the one with the shiny brown curls who greeted us at the entrance as she finished her cigarette, was wearing a wig.
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The Warren, Ohio, native planned to become a commercial dancer in the Big Apple, and after graduating from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in nutrition science, she made the move to pursue her dreams. However, her journey in artistry unfolded in an unexpected way. Three years later, and with more pole-competition titles under her belt , Franklin is now the founder of a burgeoning fitness movement known as Black Girls Pole. BlackGirlsPole —similar to other movements including BlackGirlsRun, BlackGirlsWorkoutToo and BlackWomenDoWorkout—is geared toward educating black women about the art and physical benefits of pole dancing, and inspiring them to take their pole skills to the next level in movement and even business.
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At this moment in history, a moment marked by the premature deaths of black people, talk of selling sexual race fantasies feels in very poor taste. Although there are women of all ethnicities in the audience, the documentary looks most closely at the unblushing white women who attend. Some demographics will find this cheeky and amusing, others will not. This mixed-race daughter positioned solely as the product of an apparently benevolent relationship between white women and black men is one of the most uncomfortable aspects of the show.