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What is it about certain celebrities that draw us in? It’s not just their work on the big and small screens though that plays a significant role. Is it their likability factor? The way they conduct themselves on the red carpet, during interviews or on social media? For me, I think it’s their demeanor and candor outside of the work we associate them with that makes us feel like certain celebrities are our friends – at least, like Wendy Williams always says, in our heads. Who would you add to this short list of celebrity friends in our heads?
Taraji P. Henson
We’ve known and loved Taraji P. Henson for years, but the success of Empire catapulted her into superstar celebrity status. And yet, she still seems unaffected and exactly the same: cool, grateful, honest and down to earth. Henson seems like she’d be the ultimate ride-or-die friend who will always have your back through thick and thin. Who didn’t want to be friends with her (as well as Kerry Washington and Mary J. Blige) after seeing that Ava DuVernay-directed Apple Music commercial?
It’s a beautiful thing to watch celebrity siblings who share in the same careers celebrate one another’s wins.
It took at least five minutes for the giant goosebumps on my arms to flatten after watching the superstar tennis sister duo, Venus and Serena Williams compete in the U.S. Open at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. And when the cameras caught the moment Venus embraced her little sister at the net and whispered, “So happy for you,” all the tears, all the feels.
“Obviously we are very, very tough competitors on the court,” Serena said later, “but once the match is over, the second it’s done, you know, we’re sisters, we’re roommates and we’re all that.”
Venus and Serena are not the only celebrity siblings who “compete” within the same field. Check out this list of our fave famous sisters and brothers who work in the same industry.
Besides being a legendary tennis champ, Venus Williams is now a college graduate. On August 14th, Williams, 35, received her IU diploma, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, from Indiana University East.
The women’s tennis former World No. 1, who is currently ranked No. 11, enrolled in IU East’s online degree completion program in 2011 and completed her final online courses this summer, reports Indy Star newspaper.
“It was just a wonderful experience,” Williams told the newspaper. “I love being a Red Wolf. I love this school, and I’m so happy to be a part of it.”
In an IU East press release, Williams said: “I’ve learned so much. It was always my dream to have a business degree, and I ended up going to art school so many times, but in the back of my head I felt like I needed the tools to be a better leader, to be a better planner, to be better at all of the things I wanted to do in my businesses because I’m so hands-on.”
This should surely help Williams grow her clothing line, EleVen, as well as the various other businesses and partnerships she’s involved in. Prior to this, Williams received her associate degree in fashion design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 2007.
Williams also made other moves while on the IU campus. She is the first to graduate under a deal between IU East and the Women’s Tennis Benefits Association. “IU East and the Women’s Tennis Benefits Association have an agreement that establishes our campus as the primary provider for baccalaureate online degree completion programs for WTA players,” Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe said. “Venus was instrumental in connecting IU East and the WTA in this highly-valued partnership, and we are very grateful for this.”
The university also has an agreement with the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), the governing body of the men’s professional tennis circuits. Both agreements offer the opportunity for players to professionally train and play tennis while also completing their bachelor’s degree online.
— US Olympic Team (@USOlympic) January 29, 2015
Serena Williams has earned her spot in the Australian Open finals, seeking what would be her 19th Grand Slam title. She’ll face off against Maria Sharapova, also an Australian Open winner. The two have played each other many times over the course of their careers. But Sharapova, number two in the world, has lost the last 15 times that they have played.
Serena goes into the final the number one player in the world and the oldest to ever make it to the final of this Grand Slam tournament at 33 years of age.
Before getting to the final, Serena had to go through a tough upstart, Madison Keys, also an American player. Keys, 19 years old, went down in straight sets, but not before pushing Serena to a first set tie break and fighting to the end, fending off seven match points before Williams was final able to take the win at 7-6 (5), 6-2. Williams needed 13 aces to seal the deal; a few of her serves topped 120 miles per hour.
Keys, who defeated Williams’ sister Venus in the previous round to make it to her first semifinal, is shaping up to be the future of American women’s tennis alongside players like Coco Vandeweghe, Sloane Stephens and Madison Brengle. She says she was inspired to take up tennis after watching Venus play when she was four years old. She’s becoming known for powerful ground strokes and a great serve. She went into the semifinal with the second most aces in the tournament behind Serena. “It’s good to see another American, another African-American, in the semifinals playing so well,” Serena said about her opponent. (Keys has a Black father and a White mother.)
— Australian Open (@AustralianOpen) January 29, 2015
Venus Williams, 34 years old and a seven-time Grand Slam winner, had her best Grand Slam showing in a while at this Australian Open, reaching the quarterfinals for the first time since 2010. An autoimmune disorder has affected her play.
Serena and Sharapova, the numbers one and two, will face off on Saturday. Keep in mind Australia is more than a full day ahead of us.
And FYI, on the men’s side, the UK’s Andy Murray, Wimbledon champ and number six in the world back in fighting form after back surgery last year, has reached the final after defeating number seven Tomas Berdych in a match that featured a fair amount of trash talking. He’ll play the winner of the Novak Djokovic/Stan Wawrinka semifinal taking place today. Djokovic is number one in the world and Wawrinka, number four, is the defending champ.
PS: We’re tossing in this tweet because the photo is cool.
— Australian Open (@AustralianOpen) January 29, 2015
It seems as though those darn Braxton sisters are always at each other’s throats about their careers, relationships and marriages. Nevertheless, they do love each other. However, they are not alone in the celebrity siblings who feud department. MadameNoire compiled a list of celebrity siblings who are known for either friendly or epic rivalries.
The Braxton Sisters
Tamar, Traci, Trina, Towanda and Toni, are always shading and reading each other. Sometimes, their various rivalries stem from jealously, tough love or criticism of each other’s lifestyles. Tamar Braxton seems to always be in the middle of the family drama. However, despite their family drama, they are examples of how hard it is to be competing with siblings in the entertainment industry.
It’s Serena Williams 33rd birthday weekend! And MadameNoire is celebrating one of the greatest athletes of all time with a slideshow of her 15 butt-kicking best moments on and off the court.
Just like that time she became no. 1 in women’s singles for the first time in 2002 and then again, five more times over the last decade.
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Everyone had their signature in the 90’s. Tennis star sisters made cornrows/braids adorned with beads theirs. These champions are the perfect image of black girls rock. We’ve followed their career for many years and watched their evolution. For our throwback post today we decided to take it to the beginning of when the girls rocked the cultural style and made it desirable for every girl. They were naturally beautiful.
Venus recently admitted that she loves to keep it natural, even now.
Actually, I don’t like hair and make up at all. I’m really kind of a natural girl. Maybe some mascara, but I’m too lazy for that. I like to hope that my own looks come through. Once you get glammed up, it’s fun, of course, but I don’t enjoy the process.
While Serena loves designing clothes…
I love designing dresses and tops. I went to fashion school, and I’m starting to have to do bags and stuff, and I didn’t do bags in school because my whole thing was dresses. I even did menswear. Bags have been super challenging for me. But it’s fun. I’m also starting a jewelry line. Its going to be part of Aneres. It’s Indian jewelry. It’s fine, expensive, fashion jewelry, but it’s not overpriced. Something like this [she points to a massive silver bracelet with green jewels on her wrist] would be, like, tens of thousands of dollars, but mine is priced a lot less. Finer jewelry, but affordable fine jewelry. I can’t wear fake jewelry because I break out. And I was like, “There are probably a lot of people like that, so I should start a jewelry collection too.”
Click continue to see Venus and Serena back in the day, setting trends and not even knowing it. Beads galore.
Throwback Thursday: Venus and Serena Williams Beaded Hairstyles
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.
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.
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.
In 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.
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.