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Serena Williams’s New Nike Sneakers Are An Iridescent Dream Come True

August 24th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Last summer, Nike announced that they would launch the “Greatness Collection” to honor the career of Serena Williams. The collection was a mix of footwear and apparel, with three shoes going on sale in Nike Safari and marble prints: the NikeCourt Flare, NikeCourt Air Max 1 Ultra and the NikeCourt Roshe LD-1000. Williams wore the Flares on the court during the U.S. Open last year. In May, the same shoes were reissued in a unique rose design.

Well, the collection is still going strong, and Nike has included two new designs to the roster. The popular Air Max and Roshe styles are being released on August 25 (sold by select Nike Sportswear retailers and on the Nike SNKRS app) in a pretty chic iridescent finish, shining on a black base. Also featured on the leather shoes is a crinkled material that gives the kicks quite a bit of personality — just like twerk queen Serena. To make the shoes even more personalized, Williams’s logo is included, as well as a message in the sockliner that says “You are strong, powerful, and beautiful.”

Check out a few more images of the new NikeCourt Air Max and Roshe shoes below, customized to fit Williams’s sense of style:



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And if shoes aren’t enough, you can get your amateur tennis star on in customized NikeCourt dresses, tanks, jackets, capris and more influenced by Williams’s fashion sense and moves on the court.


ICYMI: 5 Epic Things Black Female Athletes Did During The Opening Weekend Of The Olympics

August 8th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Have you been tuning into the Olympics since the fantastic opening ceremony on Friday? We have! And it’s been pretty entertaining so far. But more than fascinating, watching the hard work and success of all the athletes so far has been very inspiring. This is especially true as we’ve watched Black women take the center stage to go for gold. In case you haven’t been tuning in, here is a brief recap of a few very interesting Olympic moments Black women have been involved in since Friday.

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Simone Biles is No. 1 in gymnastics individual all-around qualifier.

The expectations were high for Biles, and boy, did she exceed them! While competing for the chance to go for gold in the individual all-around competition, as well as working to help the U.S. team as a whole advance in the team all-around competition, Biles took first place in almost every event. She was first in the floor exercises, first for women’s beam, and first for women’s vault, with this nearly flawless performance:

You can check out more amazing performances tomorrow as she competes in the team all-around.

#FitnessGoals: Serena Williams And Her Abs Shine, Gives Twerk Tutorial For Self Mag

August 3rd, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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If there were ever a reason to stop playing about those fitness goals, let the inspiration of Serena Williams get you moving, child. Can you say abs on fleek?!

The tennis star, who recently took home her 22nd Grand Slam singles title, is front and center for the September issue of Self. With her body looking amazing as usual, Williams talked about her confidence in her body and how it influences other young girls with curves to embrace their fabulous figures. So boo to the body haters. It’s a self-assuredness that the tennis pro is loving as she approaches 35 this September.

“I love my body, and I would never change anything about it,” she says. “I’m not asking you to like my body. I’m just asking you to let me be me. Because I’m going to influence a girl who does look like me, and I want her to feel good about herself.”

And how does Williams keep her body in its best shape ever? As the top tennis player, she had to get strict with her diet, cutting out both wheats and sugar. “I got super disciplined this time, for the first time in a while.”

As she prepares for the “summer of Serena,” as she puts it, all eyes are on her. That includes some critics, but more so, the many people who look up to Williams. Being seen as an icon in her sport with a platform is something she doesn’t take lightly.

“I can’t say I am the pioneer because it was Althea Gibson, it was Zina Garrison, it was Arthur Ashe, it was so many people before me,” she told the magazine about the tennis players who paved the way for her. “I appreciate being in a position where I was chosen to be a role model. Obviously, being black in tennis wasn’t easy, even in the ’90s.”

But who does she look up to? Why, her big sister Venus, of course.

“Venus is the best. I look up to her, and I always wonder, if I was the older sister, would I have set the good example that she set for me?” She added,”I hate playing Venus. She’s the toughest opponent I’ve ever faced.”

Check out Serena’s full interview over at, and pick up the September issue when it hits stands on August 8. Oh, and don’t forget to check out this very entertaining video Self took of Williams teaching us all how to twerk:

Serena Williams Spills Tea On Drake, Beyoncé And Rihanna In Vogue’s Latest 73 Questions

July 28th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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I don’t know about you, but we here at MadameNoire live for Vogue’s epic video series, “73 Questions.” Instead of the standard interview style, “73 Questions” allows the interviewer to ask their subject a series of random questions as they walk around a specific setting, which usually leads to very interesting answers. In the magazine’s latest video, Serena Williams served up some tea-worthy responses about her love life, career and personal interests that left us gagging for more.

For example, in the highlights below, Williams talked about the one thing she’s not good at, whose closet she would raid, and how she defines love.

If She Had To Raid Someone’s Closet:

“Definitely Mariah Carey! She has some amazing shoes.”

If She Had To Give Anyone a Tennis Lesson:

“Emma Stone.”

Her Hidden Talent:

“An amazing cartwheel.”

What Is Love to Her:

“Love is magical and you may only experience it once in a lifetime.”

The Thing She’s Terrible At:


Find out what the most romantic thing a guy has done for Williams and what she had to say about Drake, Rihanna, and her homegirl Yoncé, in the video below.

Werk What Ya Mama Gave Ya: Our Favorite Curvy Girls Of All Sizes

July 18th, 2016 - By M A
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When it comes to curves, there are plenty of Hollywood stunners that proudly wave their body-loving flags. Here we celebrate these lovely, voluptious ladies who prove one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to embracing their figures.


Queen Bey has always been proud of her curves and has certainly encouraged legions of female fans to do the same. In fact, when she caught wind that her photos with H&M had been heavily photoshopped, she was quick to go on the defensive. She even demanded that the un-retouched photos be used for the campaign instead.

Serena Williams Reminds Us That The Wage Gap Knows No Bounds

July 13th, 2016 - By Charing Ball
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Serena Williams Reminds Us That The Wage Gap Knows No Bounds


I am extremely glad that Serena Williams has spoken out about the wage gap.

In a recent interview with Melissa Harris Perry for Glamour magazine, the 22-time grand slam tennis champion (damn!) said this:

Harris-Perry: The U.S. women’s soccer team has been challenging inequity in women’s sports, fighting for equal pay. It’s an issue facing NCAA women in multiple fields [including tennis, where women make 80 cents for each dollar men earn]. Want to weigh in on this?

Williams: These sports have a lot of work to do. And I really hope that I can be helpful in that journey because I do believe that women deserve the same pay. We work just as hard as men do. I’ve been working, playing tennis, since I was three years old. And to be paid less just because of my sex—it doesn’t seem fair. Will I have to explain to my daughter that her brother is gonna make more money doing the exact same job because he’s a man? If they both played sports since they were three years old, they both worked just as hard, but because he’s a boy, they’re gonna give him more money? Like, how am I gonna explain that to her? In tennis we’ve had great pioneers that paved the way—including Venus, who fought so hard for Wimbledon to pay women the same prize money they pay men, and Billie Jean King, who is one of the main reasons Title IX exists.”

By the way the New York Times recently ran a report pointing out that female players earn considerably less than their male counterparts. In fact:

“The Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio, the biggest event in the weeks before the United States Open, attracts dazzling constellations of top men’s and women’s stars each year to the fourth-largest tennis tournament in the country.

The tournament, in which the United States Tennis Association owns a majority stake, pays the women only 63 cents on the dollar as compared with the men. Last year, Roger Federer received $731,000 for defending his title at the tournament, while Serena Williams received $495,000 for defending hers hours later.”

I know what you’re thinking: who the heck is Federer?

Anyway, the wage gap issue is not just a concern for well-paid athletes. Nor is it concern equally distributed among all women.

According to new data released last week by the Pew Research Center, Black and Hispanic women continue to earn less in equal wages than our White counterparts as well as men of all races and ethnic groups.

As a whole both full and part time, Black workers in the U.S continue to only earn 73 percent of every dollar pulled in by White men. However Black and Hispanic woman earned considerably less – $13 and $12, respectively – than White and Asian women who earn $17 and $18 dollars respectively. They also earn two-dollars less an hour on average than Black and Hispanic men and a whopping $8 to $11 dollars less than White and Asian men.

The study also notes:

“White and Asian women have narrowed the wage gap with white men to a much greater degree than black and Hispanic women. For example, white women narrowed the wage gap in median hourly earnings by 22 cents from 1980 (when they earned, on average, 60 cents for every dollar earned by a white man) to 2015 (when they earned 82 cents). By comparison, black women only narrowed that gap by 9 cents, from earning 56 cents for every dollar earned by a white man in 1980 to 65 cents today. Asian women followed roughly the trajectory of white women (but earned a slightly higher 87 cents per dollar earned by a white man in 2015), whereas Hispanic women fared even worse than black women, narrowing the gap by just 5 cents (earning 58 cents on the dollar in 2015).”

By the way, Maria Sharapova last year out-earned Serena Williams by $10 million, proving that we get it from being Black and for being a woman.

With median wealth for single Black women at just $5, the eviction rates for low-income Black women are on par with incarceration rates for Black men and Black mothers continuing to be heads of households, this issue should be tops on both the mainstream political and Black agenda, along with police brutality.

But is anybody marching for that?

Want To Work Out With Serena Williams And Kevin Hart? Now You Can

July 13th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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If you’re always looking for a good workout but often find yourself struggling to put together the right combination of moves to work the areas you’re hoping to target, you need to download the Nike Training Club app. And now you have yet another reason to do so: You can work out with Serena Williams — and Kevin Hart, too.

Seriously though, who wouldn’t want to get those abs, those arms and that overall strength? Um, I’m talking about Williams, here — no offense to Hart, as he’s gotten pretty stacked in the last few years as well. Nike teamed up with the Wimbledon champ and the fit box-office champ for a new workout on the NTC app. Put together by trainer Ben Monk, they call it The Hart Serena. This is Williams’s second workout for the app, Hart’s first. 

The 15-minute workout is a high intensity level offering, but works for intermediate exercisers, classsified as those who do two to three workouts a week. It especially targets your back and arms, helping you develop upper-body strength and get a quick burn going. No equipment necessary, as moves include body weight squats, heel kicks, partner hand rows and push-up high fives, side planks, forward lunges, metabolic training in the form of split jumps, burpees, and more.

When taking a moment away from making each other laugh in the promotional videos for the app, both Williams and Hart spoke on the importance of partnering up for workouts like The Hart Serena.

“It’s hard to kind of push yourself,” Williams said, “but it’s easier when you have someone to push you.”

Hart added, “You’re making each other better.”

Fact. Plus, working out with a friend is always awesome — if they can keep up, of course. Get together with a good friend, download the Nike Training Club app and push one another by trying The Hart Serena for yourself.


Serena Williams Makes History With 22nd Grand Slam Win

July 9th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Amid the craziness going on in the country currently, #BlackGirlMagic continues to prevail.

Today (July 9), Serena Williams beat her opponent Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon 7-5, 6-3. According to ESPN, this win is major for Williams with her 22 Grand Slam matching Steffi Graf for second-most among women all-time behind Margaret Court (24). Not to mention, the tennis star has won nine Grand Slam titles since turning 30, the most by any woman in the open era.

Earlier in the year, Williams had lost her previous two Grand Slam finals to Kerber at the Australian Open and Garbine Mugurusa at the French Open. However, USA Today Sports reported that “the slow starts she had in those matches were nowhere to be found,” describing her playing with a “newfound purpose and power.”

“It makes the victory even sweeter to know how hard I worked for it,” Williams said.

Serena Williams Serves #BodyGoals On The Cover Of ‘WSJ’

June 22nd, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Photo Credit: Maciek Kobielski/WSJ

Photo Credit: Maciek Kobielski/WSJ

Serena Williams is no stranger to slaying. So when the Wall Street Journal revealed she was their latest cover story, we knew it would nothing short of fabulous. And, now that it’s here, our predictions were right.

Dubbed as “the incomparable,” Williams stands strong with her hands on her hips in a robe stitched with her initials. Not to mention, while flourishing in her melanin, 21-time Grand Slam winner serves #bodygoals once again.

Photo Credit: Maciek Kobielski/WSJ

Photo Credit: Maciek Kobielski/WSJ

Inside the magazine, the tennis superstar reveals what she would be doing if she wasn’t who she was. “Ordinary things,” she answered. “I think I would be in California. Maybe I would be married? Maybe I would have kids? I would like to believe I would.”

Photo Credit: Maciek Kobielski/WSJ

Photo Credit: Maciek Kobielski/WSJ

She also divulges that she’d probably be a veterinarian. Apparently, her love for animals run deep. Remember when she tried out her dog’s food at the hotel she was staying at during the Italian Open? Alright, maybe we don’t want to remember that, but you get the point.

And just like any woman, she loves to get her shop on. “I’d go to the mall. I never go to the mall,” she gushed. Read the full story here, and check out the rest of her photo shoot below.

Photo Credit: Maciek Kobielski/WSJ

Photo Credit: Maciek Kobielski/WSJ

Photo Credit: Maciek Kobielski/WSJ

Photo Credit: Maciek Kobielski/WSJ

Serious Question: Why Do We Give Fit Women Grief For Having “Too Many Muscles”?

June 21st, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Women just can’t win.

If you’re a heavier-set woman, you’re told that you’re too big and need to lose weight to live longer and healthier.

If you’re an average-sized woman, there’s always someone saying you could have bigger breasts or that you should squat for your life to obtain a bigger bottom.

And as I’ve noticed more and more lately, if you’re a very strong, physically fit woman, you’re deemed too “manly.”

And yet, a man can walk out here with a beer belly and a booty (and some hips) bigger than yours and no one has anything to say. I can’t deal.

But seriously, I always knew that being a muscular woman is something people seem to frown upon. For instance, when I interviewed fitness enthusiast Lita Lewis in 2014, a woman who has since become a health and fitness inspiration to me, there were quite a few comments, including “Too many muscles for my liking.” And quite a few popular fitness enthusiasts have publicly responded to people who’ve said that they are packing too much muscle. That includes Massy Arias, who told Cosmopolitan, “This is my body, my decision, my prerogative. If I want to work out and be a beast, let me work out and be a beast.”

Still, it wasn’t until I started on my own quest to actually gain more muscle that I fully realized just how harsh people can be about women who are on the brolic side. Those people include my fiancé.

One of my biggest goals right now is to be stronger. I like the way I look and feel with more muscle on my body these days. As I was walking down the street with my fiancé a week ago, I told him that I wanted to really define my ab muscles. I was quite serious about this as the excitement in my eyes and tone would make one think I was speaking on something much more thrilling. When I finished sharing my goals with him, he responded with, “I don’t know. That’s not really cute.”

Exsqueeze me?

When I inquired about the statement he was trying to make, he said what a lot of people say, which is that trying to build more muscles is a look better suited for a guy. I couldn’t receive it. I told him that I didn’t appreciate his comment, seeing as I was talking about doing something positive and feeling good about myself, and his response was to tell me that in his eye, it wasn’t attractive. “I’m not trying to look ‘cute,'” I said. “I’m trying to be strong and healthy.”  He would eventually apologize and we would go about our walk in peace and positivity, but I couldn’t help but be stuck on “That’s not cute.”

Why are we so quick to say that women who train their bodies extensively aren’t cute, aren’t feminine, and are trying to be like men? Why do we skirt the whole point that these individuals are attempting to build strength, endurance, tone up, be powerful, and most importantly, live a healthier lifestyle, to instead focus on whether or not all that adds up to being attractive to someone else? Granted, these women likely aren’t pressed about whether or not anyone thinks them to be the finest thing this side of the Mississippi, but I thought it important to reiterate the fact that there isn’t one way to be feminine. The femininity people say these women lack isn’t just embodied in the woman with the soft curves, or the dainty models with the long limbs and striking features. Femininity can still be found in the women who have more muscle on them than they do makeup. Just as we don’t want people to define womanliness by whether or not we’re playing certain roles in society, we shouldn’t define it by one sort of look.

Still, I do think things are changing when it comes to our outlook for the long term. Look at Serena Williams. Just a few years ago, how many men and women were saying that she came off too muscular and mannish after years of building muscle on the tennis court and in the gym? But nowadays, we watch her use that strength to balance in a split inside mainstream magazines and to dominate on the court. (Not to mention, to snag the men some of us pine over — i.e., Common and Drake.) She has become our “#goals” more now than ever thanks to her hard work and hard body, reminding us that she is “a full woman, and I’m strong and I’m powerful and I’m beautiful at the same time. And there’s nothing wrong with that.” I’m hoping that as we can embrace her beauty and strength as a sinewy woman, we will also do so for everyday women who choose to be both powerful and pretty.