Breaking Shackles of Discrimination for Black Ballerinas

Award-Winning Author Set to Release fictional novel "Blue Butterfly", a heart-touching story about discrimination for black ballerinas.


Atlanta, GA -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/22/2014 -- Is the world ready for a black ballerina? When the word ballerina is heard, it invokes the image of beautiful and radiant white woman dancing in the most graceful manner. Our mind never imagines black women as ballerinas, they are more likely to be thought of as hip-hop dancers, but not ballerinas. However, breaking through these shackles of racial discrimination, there have been five ballerinas in the world that have carved a niche for themselves and made a noticeable mark on the ballerina stage. Taking inspiration from these brave and beautiful black ladies, award-winning fiction writer Marian L. Thomas has come up with her most awaited novel, “Blue Butterfly”- a heart-touching story about a black girl (Precious Blue Johnson) that fights all odds in order to become a ballerina in a time when most people can only imagine white women in the famous leotard and tutu. "Blue Butterfly" will be released in a digital and print edition on April 4, 2014. It will be available for purchase through online retailers and bookstores nationwide.

It is fitting that "Blue Butterfly" is set to release on 4th April, 2014, the anniversary of the day that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. His fight for freedom and equality provide the back drop to the story. Marian shows how his death reaches into the heart of Anya Duport, a beautiful and young white ballerina who struggles to carve out her own sense of what freedom means.

The story unfolds when the main character, Precious Blue Johnson leaves her Georgia hometown for New York, in search of her birth father. During this journey, Precious meets the wise Ms. Ann, and falls in love with the very handsome Ray Silvers. While the stage for a heart-warming love story appears to fall in place, her real struggle will not be of the heart. It will be fought in the world of ballet, as Precious sets out find a place to hang her own pair of pointe shoes and perhaps become the first black ballerina.

"Blue Butterfly" will no doubt trigger strong emotions of romance, love, family, forgiveness, friendship and even the harsh reality of betrayal. This is the reason why "Blue Butterfly" is being eagerly awaited by fiction lovers around the world.

About the Author
Marian L. Thomas, is no stranger to the world of fiction. With four dramatic and engaging books to her credit: AQUA BLUE; Color Me Jazzmyne; My Father's Colors and Strings of Color, this award-winning author continues to weave colorful stories of emotion and realism, that crosses all boundaries and finds a home in the heart of today's female reader. This has become her trademark.

Marian resides in DeKalb County, Georgia with her husband.

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