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Common Talks Drake And Serena: If She’s Happy, I’m Happy

August 28th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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While we can’t confirm whether or not Drake and Serena Williams are a couple, there’s no denying that the two are rekindling some form of a romantic relationship. But of course, the petty coral wouldn’t allow this courtship to fully blossom until they checked in with Williams’ ex-boyfriend, Common, who admitted to engaging in lyrical warfare with Drake in the past over whispers that the rapper had made a move on the tennis star.

Although in previous interviews he still seemed to be pining over the curvaceous beauty, Common seemed quite satisfied by the idea that his ex may have found happiness with someone else.

“Serena is a friend of mine,” the rapper told TMZ. “As long as she’s happy, I’m good.”

Although whispers about the former couple possibly revisiting their relationship after she was photographed posing with Common’s Oscar Award earlier this year, he made it clear that their romance has been dead in the water for a minute.

“You know, that’s my friend. We dated. That’s been done a long time ago, so now, it’s like we’re friends.”

He continued:

“She’s doing super good in tennis. She’s incredible, so as long as she’s happy, I’m good.”

Common and Serena broke up years ago, and it’s likely that he’s completely over the situation, but in the event that he’s just putting on a good face and is really broken up inside, he’s more than welcome to make his way to Madame Noire’s office. I know of a shoulder that he could lean on.

The Weekend On Café Mocha: Dr. Renee Hornbuckle Shares How She Overcame Marital Betrayal

August 28th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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This weekend on Café Mocha, Dr. Renee Hornbuckle shares how she overcame humiliation and resentment towards her husband Bishop Terry Hornbuckle. The Bishop confessed to his wife that he drugged and sexually abused several church members from their Arlington, Texas megachurch but Dr. Hornbuckle has overcome.

After Dr. Hornbuckle talks about surviving marital betrayal, catch the snippet of Did Y’all See? on Café Mocha Radio. Listen to the ladies of MadameNoire give their input on Serena Williams and Drake’s budding relationship and you can always watch them on our YouTube channel at YouTube.com/MadameNoire.

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And Common Wept: Drake And Serena Photographed Making Out

August 24th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Drake and Serena Williams have rekindled their romance.

The duo was spotted making out on Sunday at Soto Restaurant in Cincinnati, TMZ Sports reports. Apparently, the two decided to head out for a night on the town after Serena won the WTA Tournament. It seems that they tried to maintain a low profile by dining in a private room, but someone still managed to snap photos of the couple exchange plenty of PDA.

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Witnesses say that at one point, the pair was joined by six other people and ordered a round of tequila shots for the entire table.

Rumors of Serena reuniting with her former flame have been circulating ever since he was spotted cheering her on at Wimbledon. However, these photos are the icing on the cake.

Interestingly, Serena’s ex-boyfriend, Common, confessed last summer that his beef with Drake was actually fueled by the Toronto rapper’s relationship with the tennis star. As you probably recall, rumors of a budding relationship between Drake and Serena began circulating after her split from Common.

“For me, I think it was an emotional thing,” Common said last summer. “Meaning, I was feeling like, at that time I think it was the Drake/Serena situation. I didn’t know what was going on with that. I ain’t know if he was throwing things, shots at me. Like you know, this is my ex and you know we’re kinda going our separate ways.”

He continued:

“Unfortunately the war might have been over a girl, even though at the time I never said that. But it wasn’t totally that, it was more or less, ‘Do you respect me? Because I actually like you as an artist.’”

The two lyricists have since made amends.

Are you feeling Drake and Serena as a couple? Do you believe this will last?

 

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Serena Williams Ranks Second On Forbes Highest-Paid Female Athletes Of 2015

August 16th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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Forbes has released their annual list of highest-paid females in sports, and rightfully so, our gal Serena Williams made the cut

Williams’ raked in $24.6 million from June 2014 to June 2015, ranking second place to rival Maria Sharaporva’s $29.7 million. This is Sharaporva’s eleventh straight year ranking in the top spot. No matter, this year has proven to be one of many groundbreaking accomplishments (four straight Grand Slam titles) for Serena who is ranked No. 1 in women’s singles tennis. The 33-year-old brought in $11.6 million with winnings and $13 million in endorsements from Chase Bank, Audemars Piguet, Gatorade and PepsiCo.

Surprisingly, the ladies of tennis are having a dope year, with this year’s list boasting of seven tennis players out of the ten spots. Auto racing driver Danica Patrick and UFC fighter Ronda Rousey also ranked on this year’s list.

Check out the full list of female athletes rolling in dough here.

 

15 Sistas That Have Graced The Cover Of ‘Vogue’ Magazine

August 15th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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According to Vogue Magazine, “There’s only on September issue, and there’s only one Beyoncé.” So it makes sense that the fashion bible of style and sartorial enthusiasts snagged the leader of the Beyhive to grace their popular September issue. A historical moment in itself as Beyoncé is the third Black woman to cover their September issue, following Naomi Campbell in 1989 and Halle Berry in 2010.

Amongst the trio, there have been a handful of other Black beauties spreading their #BlackGirlMagic on the cover of Vogue and it’s various international editions.

Continue clicking to check out 15 sistas that have graced the cover of the highly coveted, Vogue Magazine

 

 

Serena Williams Gives Us Body Envy In New York Magazine Spread

August 10th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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It honestly amazes me when I hear people try to say that Serena Williams is shaped like a man. Bish where? Or as J.K. Rowling so eloquently put it when a troll tried to body shame the Tennis star last month:

Homegirl has a banging physique. And the 33-year-old beauty was able to silence body critics with her recent spread in New York Magazine. Inside, she opened up about her new clothing line, being a trendsetter in the game of tennis and the longevity of her career. Check out some highlights from her interview below.

On wanting to design wedding dresses:

“That was my first real love, but then I was like, Listen. I’m playing professional tennis. I’ll just do athleticwear.”

On the longevity of her career:

“I didn’t think it would last this long,” she said. “But even if it was over, it’s a really long career.”

On her athletic apparel line, EleVen:

“Ten is just another number, but EleVen is a lifestyle.”

“We brought fashion back to tennis. It was great when Chris Evert was around. Tracy Austin had some great designs. But the ’90s was not a good time.”

On her eventual retirement:

“I will finally be able to make some Miami Dolphin games, and make some, uh, better decisions down there with the players.”

On changing the game of Tennis:

“My dad taught us to have early preparation. I notice the other girls have similar preparations to mine, and I’m like, ‘Hmmm … well, you don’t want to admit where you got that from, right?’ ”

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#StrongIsBeautiful: Buff Beauties Who Embrace Their Muscles And Ignore Body-Shamers

August 5th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Did you hear UFC fighter Ronda Rousey’s inspiring clapback for haters who said her muscular frame was too masculine?

She’s not the only celebrity woman taking a stand against body shaming. These celebrity women are repping buff and beautiful women everywhere by spreading the message that #strongisbeautiful.

Why Do We Talk So Much About Serena Williams’ Body And Not Her Athleticism?

July 16th, 2015 - By Charing Ball
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If ever you needed proof of sexism, just think about Serena Williams.

Williams is probably one of the greatest athletes – living or dead – in the history of athleticism and sports, but she earns less and is grossly underappreciated compared to some of her rivals on the court. And as Seve Chambers ponders in an article for All Digitocracy entitled “How race & gender stop Serena Williams from getting those lucrative endorsements“:

It has been pointed out that Williams does not make nearly as much in endorsements as one of her opponents, Maria Sharapova. On the Forbes list of highest-paid athletes for 2015, Williams was ranked 47th, with $11.6 million in tennis earnings and $13 million in endorsements. Sharapova, who is questionably considered a rival of hers, only made $6 million from playing this year, but gets $23 million in endorsements. They were the only women to make the list, which includes a wide range of sports.

What’s more, Sharapova is ranked higher on the list than Serena, at number 26. The fact they were the exceptions to a male-dominated list highlights one issue. But the amount both players make in endorsements tells another story. How could Sharapova, who has not won a major this year and has nowhere close to the amount of grand slams Serena has, have made twice as much in endorsements as her opponent?

Chambers goes on to quote a diversity officer with the American Tennis Association who speculates that one of the reasons why exceptional Black athletes like Williams might make less money than their mediocre White counterparts is because there is a “perception that we don’t have the broad appeal across the general population.”

But race is not the only factor affecting her mass appeal. Gender, particularly sexist gender beliefs, which put more value on a woman’s body than her character, contributions to society and beliefs, might also play a huge role in why Williams isn’t cashing in on her greatness compared to her not-so-great White counterparts.

Recently, The New York Times had to address criticism, as well as allegations of subtle racism and sexism, over a piece it ran titled “Tennis’s Top Women Balance Body Image With Ambition.” The piece, which was written by contributing writer Ben Rothenberg, was supposed to highlight body-image issues among women tennis players. However, it missed the mark when many readers felt it body-shamed Williams.

Rothenberg attributes Williams’ success to her “large biceps and a mold-breaking frame which packs the power and athleticism that have dominated women’s tennis for years. Her rivals could try to emulate her physique, but most of them choose not to.”

Rothenberg then goes on to explore some of the reasons why these tennis stars don’t want to bulk up. According to the people he interviewed, women tennis players don’t want to look less feminine. You know, like a man? Or like Serena? For instance, Tomasz Wiktorowski, coach of tennis star Agnieszka Radwanska told Rothenberg, “It’s our decision to keep her as the smallest player in the top 10. Because, first of all she’s a woman, and she wants to be a woman.”

In another column published earlier this week, Margaret Sullivan, public editor of the New York Times, defended Rothenberg’s article. She looked at it as “an opportunity to illuminate a pervasive problem in women’s sports, the old and troubling notions of what a female athlete should look like, and to do so through the views of the athletes themselves.”

But as much of the backlash has noted, the Times piece ends up feeding into some long-held narratives that there is something less feminine about the Williams sisters, particularly Serena. A recent example of this body-shaming includes a Twitter troll who was set straight by Harry Potter author J.K Rowling after the troll said that Serena was built like a man. And David Frum, senior editor of The Atlantic, who accused Serena, in a tweet, of using steroids.

I would go a step forward and say that both the Rothenberg article and the subsequent backlash both traveled in the same subtle misogyny area. They put Williams’ physique at the center of her appeal as opposed to her actual athleticism. In defense of Williams from the Times pieces (as well as other recent attacks on her image), social media has been overflowing with pictures of Williams in bikinis, tight dresses, makeup, long weaves and other clothing. All of these images highlight her famously round behind as well as other curves. The aim of these pictures is to show everyone that there is nothing physically similar to Williams’ body and the body of a man.

Yet, in our effort to prove to the world that Williams’ body is both pretty and deserving of just as much appreciation as Sharapova’s blond hair and blue eye Eurocentric beauty, we inadvertently normalize and validate the need for a beauty standard in the first place. A standard which tells women and girls that even if they cure cancer or become the president of the United States, or even the greatest athlete in the world, their value ultimately is mostly determined by what they look like.

In other words, we are asking the world, why can’t Williams be considered “feminine” too when we should have been asking, why does it matter? After all, Williams has won 21 Grand Slams, with countless other honorariums and awards under her belt. Who gives a hot damn what she looked like while she was earning all that?

 

Game, Set, Match: 15 Black Athletes Who Are Dominating

July 15th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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The world’s biggest athletes will receive honors for their achievements at the 2015 ESPY Awards tonight. With so many Black athletes commanding their courts, fields, stages, and rings, we decided to look at 15 of today’s biggest and most dominant Black athletes in the world of sports.

Serena Williams Snags Sixth Wimbledon Win

July 11th, 2015 - By Toya Sharee
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Tennis superwoman Serena Williams picked up her 21st major title today with her sixth Wimbledon win beating Spain’s Garbine Muguruza.

“I can’t believe I’m standing here with another ‘Serena Slam’. ”

“It’s pretty cool.”

This completes the second “Serena Slam” of her career according to VIBE with the champion holding four titles at once.

Better yet, if Williams claims victory in September at the U.S. Open (she is already a three-time defending champion), she would become the first player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to achieve the calendar-year grand slam.

And while we’re on the subject of records, did we mention that 33-year-old Williams surpassed Martina Navratilova by almost four weeks as the oldest Women’s grand slam winner in the Open Era.

Muguruza was visibly disappointed sobbing in her chair. She started off strong, but eventually Williams woke up to claim the title. Williams had celebrity fans showing up to matches all week to cheer her on including rumored ex-love interest rapper, Drake and “Body Party” singer, Ciara.

Congrats to Serena who is serving up some major inspiration for athletes all over the world.