The Williams sisters ROCK, and Serena, once again, makes history!

 

Via Associated Press:

 

Serena Williams has won her record 23rd Grand Slam singles title, and her sister was right there on the court to give her a congratulatory hug.

The all-Williams final — the first at the Australian Open since Serena won the first edition of the family rivalry here in 2003 — went to the younger sibling 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday night.

With her record seventh Australian title, the 35-year-old Williams moved ahead of Steffi Graf for the most major titles in the Open era. Margaret Court has the all-time record and was also in the crowd for the final at Rod Laver Arena.

Court won 24 majors but collected 13 of those before the Open era which began in 1968 after the sport became professional.

The victory also ensured Serena Williams will regain the top ranking, which she lost in September after 186 straight weeks when Angelique Kerber won the U.S. Open.

It was Serena’s seventh win in nine all-Williams Grand Slam finals and the first since Wimbledon in 2009. It was 36-year-old, No. 13-seeded Venus Williams’ first trip back to a major final in 7 ½ years.

Serena sat on the court, holding both arms up to celebrate before Venus walked over to her sister’s side of the net for a hug.

 

“This was a tough one,” Serena Williams said. “I really would like to take this moment to congratulate Venus, she’s an amazing person — she’s my inspiration.

“There’s no way I would be at 23 without her — there’s no way I would be at one without her. Thank-you Venus for inspiring me to be the best player I can be and inspiring me to work hard.”

Williams has won 15 majors since last losing to Venus in a Grand Slam final, at Wimbledon in 2008. That was the seventh and last major title that the older of the Williams sisters won.

Venus hadn’t made the second week of a major for a few years as she came to terms with an energy-sapping illness since being diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome in 2011, and made her return to the semifinals at Wimbledon last year.

“She’s made an amazing comeback … I don’t like the word comeback,” Serena Williams said. “She’s never left. She’s been such a great champion.”

 

Congrats to both ladies!

 

 

It was 1994 when the world of figure skating, which is usually uncorrelated with drama, was rocked by a scandal that seemed like it was birthed off the pages of a dramatic movie script.

Nancy Kerrigan and Tanya Harding were not only the two most popular figure skaters of that time, they were apparently friends away from the rink. That is, until a widely publicized attack against Nancy Kerrigan took place after a practice session at the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, and her bodyguard Shawn Eckhardt hired someone to break Kerrigan’s right leg so that she would be unable to compete at Lillehammer. When she stepped off the ice after practice and walked behind a nearby curtain into a corridor, her attacker struck her on the knee with a telescopic baton. The injury forced her to withdraw from the national championship.

Here comes the doozy….Tanya Harding won that event.

Since that incident,  both Tanya and Nancy were selected for the 1994 Olympic team. By that time, Kerrigan had fully recovered from her attack.

Chile’, that whole scandal was enough to call Olivia Pope! I had never witnessed so much drama in sports, especially in figure skating! I can recall one moment when Harding boo hooed on the ice during the Olympics, because the laces to her skates “broke”, leaving her to plead with judges to allow her to change them. Meanwhile, Nancy was on the other side of the rink, appearing cool, calm, and collected while practicing her triple axel combination and double toe loops like a G!

 

Nancy fell behind Oksana Baiul by taking the silver medal, but that didn’t stop the world from cheering her on. I think everyone and their mama tuned in to the Olympics that year, JUST to see “The Young & The Restless” on ice!

We were all glued to the television, on edge, hoping Nancy wouldn’t fall, but she delivered so effortlessly! Her entire performance was a huge middle finger for Tanya Harding.

Then there was this….

 

Gillooly accepted a plea bargain in exchange for his testimony against Harding. Gillooly, Eckhardt, the attacker, and the getaway car driver all served time in prison for the attack.

Harding avoided further prosecution and a possible jail sentence by pleading guilty on March 16 to conspiring to hinder prosecution of the attackers.[20] She received three years probation, 500 hours of community service, and a $160,000 fine.

Harding’s involvement in the attack of Nancy Kerrigan led to months of media frenzy and overwhelming news coverage. She also became the laughing stock of every comedic joke on late night television, the subject on every magazine show, and was put on everybody’s shit list.

The last known shenanigans of Tanya Harding included releasing a sex tape and a short-lived boxing career. A return to the ice is unknown.

 

God bless her

 

Her name is Simone Manuel, but apparently, this news source has a problem acknowledging this history-making 20-year old. This insulting headline shines the light on the ongoing problem in media; disregarding the success of blacks that SHOULD make headline news the proper way.

There are many news sources on the internet that’ll respectfully publish stories on the positive aspect of our accomplished people. Unfortunately, there are just as many news sources that will deliberately dim our light, just as Mercury News Have done with this shameful headline.

They have not only devalued Manuel as a black woman, they’ve devalued her as an athlete. Nevermind the fact that she’s become the FIRST African-American woman to take the gold in the 100-meter freestyle [Swimming]! They emphasize Phelps as if he is the only dominant Olympic swimmer, and the crazy part is that he’s not even in the image!

The blatant disrespect of this young woman is unacceptable!

Of course, Twitter is going in…

 

You don’t need to be involved in any kind of journalism if you struggle to see the value of any world-renowned athlete.

That’s why we should be grateful for our respected media sources like Black America Web, The Grio, and The Root. They’re a staff of writers that use their collective powers by publishing quality content about our accomplished black folks; content that enhances their shine rather than dim it.

When an American wins a gold medal at the Olympics, it’s always a cause for celebration. However, when a black American wins in a sport they’re not dominated in, we cry and celebrate like they’re our kin!

Last night, Simone Biles won a gold medal to add to her enormous collection of Olympic medals when she took top score at the individual all-around gymnastics competition at the Rio Games. This makes Biles the first woman in 20 years to hold the world and Olympic all-around titles simultaneously, and the first AMERICAN woman ever to do it, according to New York Mag.

Another Simone, Simone Manuel, has made history last night as the first African-American woman to take the gold in the women’s 100-meter freestyle [swimming]. According to CNN, the Stanford grad has given Team USA its first gold medal in that particular competition in decades.

 

Imma tell y’all…the whole ass WORLD better get used to us because we are showing up and showing out everywhere! With the help of Gabby Douglas, Black Girl Magic has been running deep in these Olympic streets for the last few events. Let’s not forget this iconic image that inspires squad goals in all of us!

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The success of these women shows little black girls that they can get where they want to be with persistence, hard work, dedication, and ignoring those who say you can’t do it!

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 15: Simone Biles competes in the women's finals of the 2015 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on August 15, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

image by Joe Robbins/Getty

 

Gabby Douglas

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We’ve got Ashleigh Johnson slayin’ in water polo!

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We’ve got Jenny Arthur showing off in Weightlifting!

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Michelle Carter wins the gold in Women’s Shot Put!

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Honorable mention definitely goes to our sistahs representin’ other countries. We see you 🙂

 

 

 

 

Mattel has presented Gymnastics star, Gabby Douglas, with her very own Barbie Doll!

Via Essence:

Douglas’ new #Shero doll comes soon after her placement on the U.S. women’s gymnastics Olympic team.
“It’s crazy. I never would have thought in a million years that I would be in this spot,” says Douglas. “Everyone sees me as a role model and it’s fantastic!”

 

Posted purely for humor.

You can’t help but laugh at this god-awful response this “fan” has made as her excuse for why she looks like she wants to tear Step Curry’s jersey off with her teeth.

 

She’s an Instagram model who goes by the name of Roni Rose, and is apparently a die-hard fan of The Golden State Warriors.

Guess who I ran into today @matt_barnes9 and we won!!! Today was a good day!!

A photo posted by Roni Rose (@getit_rose) on

 

It’s cute & all, but I hope this is not going to turn into one of those “Number One Fan” cases. If you’ve never heard of CWS (Celebrity Worship Syndrome), then check this out here. Let’s hope that Curry is smarter than he looks.

Taelor Scott (20) and Sydni Scott(Scott) posted a touching video tribute to their dad, expressing how the missed sports anchor touched their lives.

“This last year, we realized the full impact you’ve had on the world, and how important you were to so many,” the young ladies wrote in a letter to their dad, accompanying the video on Dear World.

“And in the end, you taught us all how to win — live or die — by how you live, why you live and the manner in which you live.”

Stuart Scott died after a long battle with cancer 1 year ago today (1/4/15)

The sports media legend spent more than 20 years at ESPN, adding flava to the network with his upbeat personality and memorable signature catchphrases like “Boo-Yah!” and “He must be the bus driver ’cause he was takin’ him to school.”

Press play and watch the emotional video below

Source: CNN

Tennis goddess Serena Williams gives all kinds of sexy queendomness on the latest cover of Sports Illustrated and rightfully so! Ms. Williams is named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year for 2015.

Indeed, in 2015 Williams hit this rare sweet spot, a pinch-me patch where the exotic became the norm. She danced with Donald Trump on New Year’s Eve. She spent a night telling bedtime stories to the children of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Growing up, Williams had devoured every Harry Potter book, marveled at the business empires of Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart. Now J.K. Rowling was tweeting against a critic of Williams’s body, now Oprah was hustling to watch her at the U.S. Open, now Stewart was calling Williams “the most powerful woman I know.” President Barack Obama, the most scrutinized man alive, told her how great it was to watch her.

Even Williams’s most dubious moves paid off. In July, just as her drive for tennis’s first Grand Slam in 27 years hit the bell lap, she appeared in Pixels, a comedic bomb in which she anticipated a Lincoln Bedroom sex sandwich with Stewart and Peter Dinklage. Yet she escaped critical savaging, and, oh, the movie grossed $243 million. Williams’s November decision to chase down a cellphone thief in San Francisco seemed equally foolhardy—until, that is, the guy gave her phone back. Meekly.

Read more of her inspiring story here

 

Thoughts: They couldn’t have chosen a better person this year to be “Sportsperson”. Serena’s tenacity, dominance, and strength on the court is beyond impressive!

Spanish Fly

Ninotchka

Hollywood and Vine

Matilda the Hun

Tina Ferrari

Babe the Farmer’s Daughter

Big Bad Mama

 

Those are just a few of our favorites that come up in our minds when we think of Glow.  Back in the day, if we weren’t glued to the television for Soul Train on Saturdays, we were for Glow! As gimmicky as Glow was, it still became one of the most watched amongst my peers. Because of the popularity of WWF, it was cool as hell to see women wrestlers that our ten-year-old selves could mimic.

Thinking about it now, as “serious” the sport of wrestling is supposed to be, we didn’t care that skits were included in the half-hour show, because they were fun for us to watch. You would’ve thought we were watching an episode of Saturday Night Live with a wrestling match thrown in. Nevertheless, Glow was the shit. Do you remember Glow (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling)? Who was your favorite wrestler?

 


With 21 Grand Slam titles under her belt, Serena Williams has definitely made her mark in the world as one of the greatest tennis players in history (alongside her sister, Venus).

The Compton, California native came a long way from the little girl with a big dream! Daily practices on the court with her dad and big sister is what made her where she is today.

I remember watching a report on television a long time ago, which was profiling her story. I saw a young black girl with bouncing beaded braids ready to take the tennis world by storm! I knew she and her is would grow to become special people in the world of sports.

 

What inspires me about Serena is that even with all the criticism she’s had to face throughout her career from dating to body image, she never let any of it deter her from becoming better with each match. Her tenacity on the court….her intense grunts as she hits the ball….and her drive to take home the trophy is what will make Serena Williams stand out and forever awesome!

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