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What Common Had To Say About Getting Back Together With Serena Williams

July 22nd, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Over the past few weeks, Common has spoken quite openly about his relationships with both Serena Williams and Erkyah Badu. During a recent chat with The Breakfast Club, he went on to further expound on his relationships with these celebrity women, as well as his past relationship with actress Taraji P. Henson.

While the actor and rapper says that he was definitely serious about both Erkyah and Serena, it doesn’t really seem that a reunion between either couple is likely.

“It’s like once I’ve experienced that person its like man, sometimes life goes on,” he explained. “I can’t say I never would go back but Serena and Erkyah was the most serious relationships that I had as an adult and after, it’s one of those things, it’s like, ‘I have to move forward.’ It was real love right there. Both of those women I could’ve married. I was like if I’m not supposed to be there, we’re just supposed to be friends.”

Speaking of marriage, Common doesn’t seem too sure that he’ll be making the big leap in the future—or ever.

“I don’t know. I was thinking about that last night while talking to one of my lady friends. I don’t know if I’m marriage material, maybe someday” he expressed.

“I be focused on my music and my work a lot. Sometimes that’s hard to balance with a relationship. I do like relationships, but a lot of times when I’m in relationships, I don’t make my best albums. Put it this way, I would have to find the right relationship. You know, a woman who understands the time that you gotta give. to your work. That’s really what it is.”

He also further explained his previous comment that Erkyah has that “good good.”

“The hood knows what it is. Erkyah got something with her, she got something special. Erykah a raw girl, she got a lot to her. She’s from the hood, point blank. She’s just one of those people from the hood that’s artsy, artistic, spiritual, she’s got a lot to her.”

As for the public believing that Serena broke his heart, Common had this to say:

“Me and Serena was together. We broke up. I don’t know specifically her and Drake, it felt like obviously something was going on [after we broke up], I ain’t dwell on it too much. I ain’t have no problem with that, you do what you do. After a while I felt like in some of Drake’s songs he was saying stuff that was subliminal to me. And I was like, you just don’t know nowadays cats be doing them sneak disses and after a while it was like I’m just going to come out and say what I need to say. It was a show I was at and I left and Drake said something out to the crowd, some tough stuff. So then I was like, ‘aight, it was that time’ because I knew he was directing it to me. We kept it on record and after that it was squashed.”

The Chicago rapper-turned-actor also confessed to confronting Serena about her relationship with Drake.

“I definitely talked to her about it. At the end of the day, once she aint ya lady, what can I say? It don’t have nothing to do with me at that point.”

He also seemed to confirm rumors that he once had a thing with Kerry Washington by releasing a bashful giggle.

“Easy, easy. Ain’t no scandal here. She’s married now.”

Out of all of his celebrity exes, Common says his mama loved Taraji the most.

“My mother loved Taraji and funny enough she got cool with Serena even more after we broke up.”

Watch Common’s full interview on the next page. Thoughts?

Serena Williams Pulls Out Of Wimbledon Doubles Tournament After Health Scare

July 2nd, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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Serena Williams held hands with her sister Venus as the two walked off Court 1 yesterday at the Wimbledon Grand Slam tennis tournament. The pair had to forfeit their match after Serena fell ill, appearing, according to The New York Timesto be “disoriented and adrift.”

She began displaying symptoms during their warm up, and had to be visited by the doctors who took her blood pressure and tested her basic coordination. The top-ranked player in the world — and one the best tennis players in the history of the game — had trouble simply catching balls tossed to her by the ball boys and hitting over the net.

After fighting through the first three games, and going down 3-0, the sisters retired from the match. It’s reported Serena has a viral illness.

Three hours after the match, Serena released the following statement:

I am heartbroken that I’m not able to continue the tournament. I thought I could rally this morning, because I really wanted to compete, but this bug just got the best of me. I want to thank my sister, Kristina, Stefanie, and our teams for their support. We were all looking forward to a great match.

She and her sister Venus have won the Wimbledon doubles championship five times. Both Williams sisters were ousted from the tournament during week one, with Serena losing to number 25 seed Alize Cornet.

Serena posted the photo above on her Instagram page just this morning. We hope she’s resting well and will be back on the court in time for the US Open next month.

Wimbledon Week 2 Women’s Singles Will Take Place Without The Williams Sisters

June 30th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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In a shocking development, Serena Williams, the women’s number one player in the world, was ousted from Wimbledon, falling to number 25-ranked Alize Cornet, making this third-round loss her earliest exit from the tournament since 2005. Serena Williams, now 32 years old, has won Wimbledon five times, the last time in 2012.

“I worked really hard coming into this event,” Williams said after the shocking loss. “Sometimes it happens. You work really hard — maybe it’s not for today; it’s for tomorrow.”

Cornet recently beat Williams, besting her in a Dubai tournament in France.

Serena’s sister Venus also lost her third round match against the 2011 Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova in three sets. The 34-year-old wasn’t expected to win, but has won five times previously, the last time in 2008. In 2011, she was diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune condition that causes fatigue, among other symptoms. That coupled with her age has prompted lots of questions about when Venus will retire.

“No, people have been trying to retire me since I was like 25,” she said after the match. “For some reason, in tennis, we always do that to our players. It’s weird. We don’t encourage them to stick around.” She says she plans on sticking around for the foreseeable future.

And both sisters will also be sticking around at Wimbledon where they’re still competing on the doubles side. They’ve taken that title five times as well.

Wimbledon Day One: Sloane Stephens Out In First Round, Serena Williams Looks To Take The Tourney

June 23rd, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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For tennis fans out there, today is a glorious day indeed: the start of Wimbledon is here, the most prestigious tennis tournament in the whole of the sport. Unfortunately for American fans, the beginning is also the end for one top player. Sloane Stephens, the 21-year-old player who has steadily been making her way up the ranks, was ousted from the tournament on day one, losing to 109th-ranked Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 7-6 (6).

“An American seeded 18th, Stephens had held the longest active run of fourth-round appearances at majors by a woman, dating to a semifinal showing at the 2013 Australian Open,” reports SI.com.

Meanwhile, Serena Williams is hoping to avoid the same fate after being bounced out of the French Open just a few weeks ago in the second round. When asked during a press conference how long it took her to get over the shocking loss, she responded, “Who says I was over it?” Oh boy… sounds like Serena is fixing to get back on point. Which could spell trouble for Maria Sharapova. The fifth-ranked player is the 2014 French Open champ and the Wimbledon champion from 10 years ago at the age of 17. The player she defeated: Serena Williams.

With a recent tournament win under her belt and the reigning champ in retirement, there are a lot of eyes on Sharapova.

Williams will have to get through a number of other top-ranked players to take the tournament, but she’s always a contender. And we can also keep an eye out for Madison Keys, a 19-year-old American, ranked 47, won her first career tournament this weekend in England. The win will push her up to number 30. She’ll be playing against Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig tomorrow. ESPN is saying that she could “shock.” We’ll be keeping an eye out. (And thanks to @Del_10is_tweets for the heads up on this news.)

Who will you be rooting for?

The “Firsts” Keep On Coming: 10 Black Women Who Have Made History

June 10th, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Many of us have the burning desire to leave behind an electrifying legacy — who wouldn’t want to touch and move the world, even after death, like the late, great Maya Angelou? Beating us to the punch, scads of women have already made their indelible mark in history. Not only have these ladies excelled in industries that include music, sports, big business, and film, but they have managed to shatter records and/or become “firsts.”

Let’s take some time to applaud the women who have paved the way for others to follow in their trailblazing footsteps!

Serena Williams Crashes Miami Wedding In Leopard Leotard

June 2nd, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Uninvited wedding guests can be quite annoying to a bride and groom on their special day. But when that wedding crasher happens to be a notable celebrity, well then, they may go from wedding crasher to guest of honor. Over the weekend, while vacationing in South Beach, Miami, tennis star Serena Williams stumbled across wedding party while sporting a leopard swimsuit. So what did she do? She posed for photos with the new couple!

Tennis star Serena Williams crashes Miami wedding in a leopard leotard.

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A clearly amused Serena later shared the photos to her Instagram page where she referred to herself as a “bikini wedding crasher.”

Tennis star Serena Williams crashes Miami wedding in a leopard leotard.

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She looks amazing by the way.

 

Heyyy Boo! Surprising Celebs Who Have Jungle Fever

May 30th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Beauty is in the eye of the holder and for these celebs who have jungle fever, they see no color when it comes to dating someone outside of their race.

For more on interracial dating, check out Moguldom Studios’ new docutainment film, Swirl, now available for purchase on iTunes, GooglePlay, and VHX.

Celebs Who Have Jungle Fever

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Michael Fassbender

Perhaps best known as magneto in the blockbuster franchise X-Men, Michael Fassbender knew he wanted to be an actor since he was 17 years old. His first role came in the television miniseries “Band of Brothers.” The German-Irish actor has been romantically linked to actress Nicole Baharie and Leasi Andrews. He also dated Zoe Kravitz for several years. Recently rumors were sparked last month when the 12 Years a Slave actor was spotted hugging and kissing supermodel Naomi Campbell while dining at a London restaurant.

Both Williams Sisters Are Out Of The French Open

May 28th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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serena RG14In a shocker that’s got tennis fans saying “Sacre Bleu!” both Williams sisters have been ousted from the French Open in the second round of the tournament. USA Today is calling it the “worst defeat” of Serena’s career, having lost against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza who, at 20 years old and ranked number 35, had never won a set — let alone a whole match — against a high-ranked player. The score was 6-2, 6-2.

“It was one of those days,” Serena said once the match was over. She was the defending champion and the favorite to take the whole tournament on the women’s side. The 32-year-old has been called one of the best tennis players to ever step foot on the court (perhaps the best woman ever) and is said to have the best serve in the game (also, perhaps ever). Serena has 17 Grand Slam tournament wins under her belt.

“Her footwork made it look like she was playing in quicksand rather than clay,” writes USAT. In their previous meeting at the 2013 Australian Open, Serena won easily, 6-2, 6-0.

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Venus Williams, who has been struggling with her health for some time now and has fallen down to number 29 in the rankings, also lost her match against Anna Schmiedlova, a 19-year-old from Slovakia. Venus took the first set, but lost the following two 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Venus, at 33 years old, is a seven-time Grand Slam champion though she’s never won the French Open. She’s had a tough time making it past the second round in these major tournaments over the last couple of years, losing by the second round in eight out of the past nine.

Many fans had anticipated a third round match between the sisters. Now the field is wide open on the women’s side with some saying Maria Sharapova is the new favorite.

Venus & Serena Williams’ Father Tells It Like It Is In New Book, ‘Black And White: The Way I See It’

May 1st, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Richard Williams, the father of tennis greats Venus and Serena, has always been outspoken. From the time his daughters stepped onto the court he declared their greatness, pointed out the racism in the sport, and spoke out whenever he thought there was some injustice being done to his kids. It almost got to the point where it wasn’t a match unless there was some sort of commentary coming from Williams. Now he has put all his thoughts into a new book, Black And White: The Way I See It, set to be published in May.

Like him or not, many of the times he was on point. Such as when he spoke out about the treatment Serena received at a tournament in Indian Wells, Calif. Serena has skipped it since 2001, when their family was booed — and subjected to racial epithets — after Serena pulled out late from a match due to a back injury, reports The Huffington Post. He recalls the incident in the forthcoming book, which discusses in detail how Indian Wells, in his words, “disgraced America.”

It was Williams who encouraged his daughters to get into tennis. And it was he who first taught them the game despite the naysayers. The Williams sisters have won a combined 24 Grand Slam singles titles and each has been ranked No. 1. But while many outsiders felt Williams pushed them into the game for his benefit, he says their success in tennis wasn’t his first priority.

“From the beginning, I decided that if people came to me later on and told me my daughters were great tennis players, I had failed,” Williams writes. “Success would be if they came up to me and said my daughters were great people.”

The 292-page book was written with Bart Davis and is part autobiography, part parenting guide, part self-help book, and part tennis instructional manual, reports HuffPo. In the book he also muses about the American dream and even speaks of his time as a child when he often had run-ins with the police and sometimes violent confrontations with strangers.

“I released the book because Serena kept telling me to,” Williams said. “She thought it would help a lot of people.”

He writes: “I became fascinated with stealing at the age of eight. I don’t know if the thrill was being able to get away with a crime, or that the crime was against the white man. Either way, it was the start of a prosperous career.”

There is no denying Williams has made an impact. Through his coaching and encouragment of his daughters, Williams has forever changed the world of tennis.

Beyoncé Covers TIME’s Most Influential People Issue; Says Mama Tina, Blue Influence Her Most

April 24th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Beyonce covers Time Magazine

People might have different opinions on Beyoncé, her music, and the way she lives her life, but I think we can all agree that she’s an extremely influential individual at this point in her career.

Leotards in the club? #Flawless? Surfboard anyone?

Time felt the same way, and that’s why she was not only chosen for the 11th annual list of the 100 Most Influential People of 2014 (listed as one of the “titans” in her field; other categories include “pioneers,” “artists,” “leaders” and “icons”), but they gave her the cover. The issue is already quite popular, but I have a feeling it will do even better this year with Beyoncé front and center. She was profiled by popular Lean In author and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and covered the mag in a stripped shoot with little makeup (and little clothing).

Time‘s list of people is supposed to show love to individuals from different fields who inspired others over the past year, and they’re profiled by fellow influential folks. Other people chosen include Serena Williams (profiled by Dwyane Wade), Seth Meyers (profiled by Amy Poehler), Miley Cyrus (profiled by Dolly Parton), Kerry Washington (profiled by Valerie Jarrett), Hillary Clinton (profiled by Malala Yousafzai), Pharrell (profiled by Justin Timberlake), Pope Francis (profiled by President Obama) and many more athletes, politicians, entertainers and leaders.

Go behind the scenes of the singer’s photo shoot for Time and hear about her biggest influence below:

“I feel like my mother and my daughter have been the most influential. And being a mother, becoming a mother and looking at my daughter in her eyes, made me into a woman and made me very, very strong.”