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To prepare for the expected birth of our second child next month, my wife and I are enrolled in one of those new age birthing classes where the bulk of each two-hour-long session is devoted to language and connotation. (“Don’t say birthing canal. Say birthing stream, because streams are calming.”) I am bored out of my…

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Serena Williams looks stunning on GQ’s latest issue, one of four in its 2018 “Man of the Year” series. She is the sole woman honored. Equally stunning was the major miscalculation made by the magazine’s editors by inviting designer of the moment, Virgil Abloh, to customize the cover, which he did by crossing out the…

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Every year, People magazine designates its “Sexiest Man Alive.”And every few years, we agree with them; the last time being in 2016, when the magazine rightly honored Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

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Earlier this week, Serena Williams walked the red carpet with ex-boyfriend, Common, for a great cause.

The post Serena Williams reunites with ex-boyfriend Common for panel on activism appeared first on theGrio.

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When it comes to our adoration for Serena Williams, there are too many reasons to count. But with a Tuesday morning Instagram post, our admiration for her famous frame took a curve.

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It may look like just a basic blazer, but when it comes to close friends Serena Williams and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, it’s also a sign of their sisterhood and solidarity. With even more of the world’s eyes on Meghan since her pregnancy announcement on Monday, she chose to rock a look from Serena’s eponymous line on…

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Cynthia Erivo is on a roll. Currently, she’s starring in the highly touted thriller, Bad Times at the El Royale, and will soon move on to filming Kasi Lemmons’ biopic on Harriet Tubman, playing the abolitionist herself.

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It may not be the apology she asked for, but it is definitely an honor: Serena Williams has been asked to be one of the hosts of the 2019 Met Gala, alongside Harry Styles and Lady Gaga.

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Naomi Osaka, the 20-year-old tennis phenom who became U.S. Open champ last month, says “the hype” of celebrity is a bit much, reports BBC Sports. Osaka made global news last month when she beat the legendary Serena Williams in Flushing, N.Y. in a match that drew controversy. During the final match, Williams admonished a tennis […]

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Most of us think we know what domestic abuse looks like, but in 99 percent of intimate partner violence cases, the most disabling aspect is often financial, exacting a level of control over victims that prevents them from escaping.

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We need to kill off some of these GOATs trampling through the internet. Not because of a surplus of actual greatness — Serena, Jordan and Brady still reign supreme. The true GOATs remain on top of the mountain, for all to see. But the title “Greatest of All Time” is being abused. Rampantly. It’s become […]

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Growing up, I idolized Serena Williams. Not only was she a champion, she was also hardworking, collected and smart. She had braids, just like me, and her dad was her first tennis coach, just like mine. My dad taught me the game’s unofficial rules: Never talk during a point, always shake hands at the end […]

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An Australian Rules Football (AFL) club had to apologize this week after three of its players donned full-body blackface to impersonate Venus and Serena Williams, as well as a Kenyan-born AFL player, Aliir Aliir.

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Just when we thought the relationship between Serena Williams and beloved daughter Alexis Olympia couldn’t get any cuter, the Olympian introduced us to her “granddaughter,” Qai Qai,” (pronounced “Quay-Quay”) a bald, brown babydoll whose clothing budget is likely larger than ours (she even has a US Open-ready lavender…

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Good works deserve great praise—and that’s exactly what Serena Williams had for her longtime friend, H.R.H. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, upon hearing about her latest act of philanthropy—collaborating on a cookbook with a group of women affected by the devastating Grenfell Tower fire in West London, England in June…

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Serena Williams talked about her fashion business and her family, but not tennis fouls during a Friday appearance before a business trade group in Las Vegas.

The post Serena Williams talks fashion, not fouls at Las Vegas event appeared first on theGrio.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Serena Williams talked about her fashion business and her family, but […]

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  Speaking out for the first time since her controversial defeat at the U.S. Open last weekend in New York, tennis great Serena Williams says she and her coach have never used hand signals. Williams shared this with a reporter out of Australia in response to accusations from an umpire that her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, was signaling her […]

The post Serena speaks out: ‘If you’re a female, you should be able to do even half of what a guy can do’ appeared first on theGrio.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Serena Williams talked about her fashion business and her family, but […]

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Monday 09.10.18 Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden, while Jim Halpert stares blankly into the camera, said his team struggled against the Los Angeles Rams because “we didn’t get to [Jared] Goff enough. We didn’t get to [Todd] Gurley. We have to look at ways we can do better,” just one week after trading away former […]

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  Days after her controversial victory against her idol, Serena Williams, US Open winner Naomi Osaka is set to sign the biggest deal Adidas has ever signed with a female athlete, Business Insider and The Times of London are reporting. The contract for a cool $8.5 million will be announced Thursday, the news organizations report. It comes a few days […]

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In two of the top news stories of the past week, the caricature of Serena Williams by an Australian cartoonist and the shooting of an unarmed black man by a Dallas police officer, the connective tissue of race is obvious. What may be less apparent is the way that white womanhood is the go-to standard […]

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NEW YORK (AP) — When Serena Williams told the umpire at the U.S. Open final […]

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Comedian D.L. Hughley says women often get the short end of the stick, as was […]

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Black women can relate to the anger and frustration Serena Williams felt during the U.S. Open.

The post Serena Williams’ treatment resonates among black women appeared first on theGrio.

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Australia's Herald Sun ran a cartoon depicting tennis superstar Serena Williams as a huge screaming Black monstrosity with oversized lips and grotesque facial features.

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There was a moment — a few moments, actually — directly following Barack Obama’s win in 2008 when I think I felt how it feels to be a white American. I’ve never actually been white, so this thought is based on a generous presumption. But when I think of whiteness in a micro context and how whiteness must allow white…

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As Serena Williams faced the media in the bowels of Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday night, every point she attempted to drive home made complete sense. It was unfair for the chair umpire to take away a point, and then a game, toward the end of her eventual loss to 2018 US Open champion Naomi […]

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Naomi Osaka's halting Japanese, her manners and her simple charm have swelled national pride in Japan.

The post Osaka charms Japan with her manners _ and broken Japanese appeared first on theGrio.

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My movie over, I stood inside the Manhattan multiplex and looked at a series of pictures from some of Hollywood’s most iconic films, including Casablanca, The Godfather and The Wizard of Oz. As my eyes landed upon each image, lines from the respective films resonated in my head. I smiled. Catchphrases from classic films take […]

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Let’s get straight to it. Let’s analyze what happened with Serena Williams in the US Open final using that funky white privilege math. You have to be twice as good, but half as mad. Get it? When Williams called US Open chair umpire Carlos Ramos “a thief” for taking a point from her and he […]

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  Tennis officials are making Serena Williams pay—literally—for standing up for herself on Saturday against a U.S. Open umpire. The U.S. Tennis Association has handed the tennis great a $17,000 fine for her pointed conversation with umpire Carlos Ramos in which she politely informed him that she does not have to cheat to win and […]

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