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Simone Biles Reveals She Has ADHD After Medical Records Of Olympic Athletes Leaked

September 14th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Despite winning five medals at the Rio Olympics and inspiring countless people with her story, drive and talent, Simone Biles has been targeted in a hacking scandal. According to reports, the World Anti-Doping Agency confirmed on Tuesday that Fancy Bear, a Russian hacking group, broke into the foundation’s database, acquired and released the medical records of a few American athletes, including favorites Biles, and Venus and Serena Williams. All three were reportedly given the green light to use banned drugs to treat medical conditions.

Biles spoke out on Tuesday night via Twitter, stating that the methylphenidate she used was for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

Serena and Venus Williams were also allowed to take certain substances, and were approved by Dr. Stuart Miller of the International Tennis Federation based on medical exemption. If you’ll recall, Venus has the autoimmune disease Sjogren’s Syndrome, and Serena has dealt with a wide variety of injuries over the years. Neither sister has responded to the hacking drama, but Oliver Niggli, the director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency has, and he’s very apologetic for the leak of very private information.

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“WADA deeply regrets this situation and is very conscious of the threat that it represents to athletes whose confidential information has been divulged through this criminal act.”

And the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has defended all of the American athletes targeted, stating that “the athletes have done nothing wrong.” USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart said, “In fact, in each of the situations, the athlete has done everything right in adhering to the global rules of obtaining permission to use a needed medication.”

All medications were reportedly approved by international federations, the WADA and the IOC. Therefore, it’s a big fail for these hackers in their attempts to discredit these Olympians. Still, this is yet another very alarming violation of people’s confidential information that needs to be cracked down on.


#BlackGirlMagic: Serena Williams Makes History; Is Best Ever With 308th Grand Slam Win

September 6th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Another day, another record. 👑👑👑 #legend #usopen

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Been tuning into the U.S. Open? There have been quite a few riveting matches, as well as some major upsets (including Venus Williams falling to Karolina Pliskova on Monday). But as for Serena Williams, she has played some of her best tennis, and just yesterday, she beat Yaroslava Shvedova for a spot in the quarterfinals. Not only did she sail her way into the quarterfinals with a quick (as in, less than an hour) 6-2, 6-3 victory in Arthur Ashe Stadium, but she also made history, picking up her 308th Grand Slam win. The No. 1-seeded player passed Roger Federer in Grand Slam wins and reminded everyone that she is the greatest doing it right now of all the men and women competing.

When asked about the record, Williams told reporters, “This is where it all started, so it’s always magical for me. But 308 sounds pretty good.”

If Williams wins the U.S. Open, she’ll boost that number to 311 and earn her 23rd major title. That win would be a record, moving her past Steffi Graf in Grand Slam titles and earning her a seventh U.S. Open title, which would also be a record (for most tournament wins).

When she’s not dominating on the court, Williams has also been busting a move for Delta. In case you missed it, she showed off more than just her usual twerk skills in a very creative ad for the airline:

Hey, I can keep up with @Willdabeast__. In my dreams 😉. Watch my new project now. @Delta

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Go ‘head, Serena!

Diet Diary: Venus Williams Shares Everything She Ate Leading Up To The U.S. Open

September 2nd, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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We told you the other day what food Serena Williams said she gave up in order to be in tip-top shape for the U.S. Open and other competitions this fall, and it was clear that you wanted a more detailed look into her diet and meal plans. Well, while Serena might not have been able to share all that, Venus literally tracked her food for four days leading up to the U.S. Open for CosmopolitanFrom foods she ate first thing in the morning before practice to how she eats after a match, all of her food choices seem to be paying off nicely. In case you missed it, Venus has won both of her matches so far in the tournament, even securing her 70th U.S. Open victory this week. So how did she fuel up for competition?

Work lunch, work is play! #vstarrinteriors

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On day one, Williams got up at 7 a.m. and went with a smoothie for breakfast. “Early in the morning, it’s super tough for me to eat right away, but I still need energy for practice,” she wrote. “I try to start out with a protein smoothie, a green juice, or some sort of fruit.”

For snacks during practice when she’s feeling low on energy, Williams shared that she packed nectarines “because they’re in season,” as well as grapes to hold her over until lunch time.

For lunch, which she had around 12 after practice and following a workout at the gym, Williams said she was “really, really hungry!”

“I stopped by Christopher’s Kitchen, my favorite vegan spot in Palm Beach, Florida, and ordered the lentils with quinoa and a strawberry milkshake with protein powder to go.”

After lunch, Williams had meetings for her active wear line, EleVen. In between those meetings she chose kale chips and had some green juice. She noted that it’s important for her to indulge in such light snacks in between eating large meals to help her keep her energy up.

In the evening, around 6 p.m. following a visit with her father, Williams worked out again. She took a hip-hop dance class (at Sean’s Dance Factory) and made sure to eat light afterward.

“I refueled on breaks with dates, cashews, and water,” she said. “Afterward, I was worn out and went home to pack for the U.S. Open in New York, then got on my flight.”


For day two, in New York, she had to get up early again at 7 a.m., but this time for promotional events for the U.S. Open.

“For breakfast, I had an egg-white omelet with tomato and cheese,” she said, eating the meal before getting her hair and makeup done. Once she was done with all of her promotional efforts, it was time for practice. To refuel at 12:30, Williams kept her meal quite healthy.

“I went to The Little Beet for lunch with my team and ordered sweet potatoes, green beans, and cabbage and soba noodles.

After meeting up with Serena at a U.S. Open event, Venus ended up getting back to her hotel pretty late, around 9 p.m. She kept it light, once again.

“When I travel, I always keep some food in the hotel to stir up if I need to,” she said. “I made a salad of mixed greens, Newman’s Own Caesar dressing, and a diced tomato. I followed it up with plain yogurt and local honey from New York.”

And then it was off to bed!

Starting the morning with tennis, fitness, and healthy goodness to feel the day! #tennis #fitness #health

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For day three, her last free day before matches, she got up around 9:30 a.m. To have a good amount of energy for her last training session, Venus had some fresh granola and Silk almond milk. She saved her biggest meal of the day for lunch, which was at 1 p.m.

“I had brown rice and beans with grilled shrimp,” she said. “I always crave sweets, so I had a fresh pineapple, orange, and strawberry juice to satisfy my cravings.”

In the evening, Venus focused on physical therapy and relaxing. But she also made time to hang with Serena and shared her sister’s fennel and crab salad with gluten-free porcini penne pasta.

But of course, that wasn’t enough in the late evening, around 8 p.m.

“Like most people, I love to snack at night,” she said. “I had Nature’s Addict apple, passion fruit, and mango fruit snacks.”

One more day to play…#usopen

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On match day, day four, Venus slept in before going for a run with her dog. For breakfast, she went the unconventional route around 10 a.m.:

“I always eat a huge breakfast on match days even though my stomach hates it,” she said. “Today, I warmed up some fried rice in my room.”

After warming up on the court with her racket, around 12:45, Venus had lunch. “I ate a lunch of sweet potatoes and rice, and pre-mixed the energy drinks I bring to the court for energy and hydration,” she said. “I use a combo of organic coconut water and organic pineapple juice.”

After winning her first match and playing for a whopping two hours and 43 minutes, Venus actually did a brief workout to help her body cool down after all the work it had done. She had a light meal afterward.

“I rode a stationary bike for 10 minutes and stretched for 30 minutes to cool down and help my body recover, ” she said. “I also refueled and rehydrated with water with electrolyte powder, then ate some more sweet potatoes, rice, and barbecue tofu.”

And at the end of the night, she capped off a busy day with a with salad and some physical therapy around 9:30 p.m.

“I often finish my days with a Caesar salad — this time, it [sic] just had some mixed greens, tomatoes, and Caesar dressing,” Venus said. “Then I spent an hour on the table doing physical therapy to undo all the damage done during the match. The first rounds of a tournament are always tricky because playing tennis takes a lot out of you. But I can’t wait for the next round!”

First round @elevenbyvenus swagggg. #usopen

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And there you have it. Venus balances days full of physical activity with light snacks to keep her energy, as well as some starches here and there, veggies, lots of fruit to handle cravings, and of course, water and organic juices to stay hydrated. It’s how she stays lean — and how she’s managed to be successful after more than 20 years of dominating the court.

The Best Looks From Venus And Serena Williams — On And Off The Court

September 1st, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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The U.S. Open, one of the most coveted Grand Slams in the tennis world, is currently underway in Flushing Meadows, New York. And two of the sport’s most decorated players, Venus and Serena Williams, the women’s top-seeded players, are set to take the courts…and hopefully, crush their competition. This year, Serena is poised to earn her 23rd career Grand Slam single, and untie her record with Steffi Graf for the most major wins. Undoubtedly, the sisters continue to make history, both on and off the court. That’s certainly the case when it comes to fashion. Venus has an athletic clothing line, EleVen, which sells a wide variety of tops, bottoms, dresses and accessories in a host of different colors. Serena’s fashion line with HSN offers athleisure wear and regular apparel. As we cheer these amazing women on, let’s take a walk down memory lane of their fiercest head-to-toe looks, both on and off the tennis 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.

New Gear! EleVen by Venus Williams Looks To Slay Your Next Workout

July 11th, 2016 - By Charell Star
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Eleven By Venus Williams

Looking good while working out has gotten easier as more fashion brands dive into the athleisure trend. These days making apparel that is cute and comfortable enough for spending the morning lifting weights or running errands around town.

For years now, Venus Williams has been one designer committed to ensuring women look and feel good as they get fit or hit the streets. The tennis champion and entrepreneur re-launched her fashion brand – EleVen by Venus Williams – with the goal motivating people to stylishly and confidently “move their bodies.”  She shares:

“EleVen means being better than ten. Our brand is all about one thing: YOU! We believe in motivating you to aspire to your greatest potential. When you wear EleVen, you become part of something; a community where you not only look good, but you feel even better.”

So, to give you that extra shot of motivation, here are our top 10 EleVen by Venus Williams Looks to Slay Your Next Workout. Plus, we scored an exclusive discount code for all new MadameNoire customers. Use the code: MADAME to receive 10% off and free shipping on orders over $100.

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Raceday Tank in Frost Grey – $60; Third and Short – $50

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Power Play Sports Bra – $46; Fly Skirt in Frost Grey – $66

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Love Tank in Mazarine Blue – $36; Flutter Skirt in EleVen Berry – $64

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Harmony Tank – $58; Voltage Capri Pants -$72

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In the Zone Hoodie in Oh and Oh Print – $98; – Vee Capri in Mazarine Blue – $70

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Sport Hoodie – $98

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Elevate Tank in Mazarine Blue -$58

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Condition Tee Shirt – $52

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Oh and Oh Elevate Tank Print – $58

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Raceday Tank in Dahlia Print – $60; Voltage Capri Pant in Robin Blue – $72

Don’t Count Her Out: Venus Williams Advances To Wimbledon Semifinals

July 5th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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These days, it’s Serena Williams’ name that is dominating the conversation. Whether we’re talking about her performance at a recent match, a commercial advocating for the equality of women, or  surprise appearance in a Beyoncé video, homegirl is everywhere.

And while we love to watch Serena do her thing, there’s also the woman who has served as her inspiration all these years. And that woman, Venus Williams, is doing some pretty noteworthy things herself these days.

Williams, now 36, has beat 19-year-olds and women in their twenties, to advance to the Wimbledon semifinals. This is the first time Williams has returned to the semifinals since the U.S. Open in 2010.

According to the New York Times, when asked if she thought she would be this much of a threat at 36-years-old, Venus said, “I don’t think anyone feels older,” she said. “You have this infinity inside of you that feels like you could go forever. That’s how I feel on the court. As long as I’m halfway decent, can get my racket on the ball, I think I can make something happen.”

That’s exactly what she’s been doing in this tournament. In the third round, Williams beat 19-year-old Daria Kasatkina, who was born months before Williams played her first Wimbledon in 1997.

When she defeated her opponent Yaroslava Shvedova, earlier today, winning 7-6, 6-2 , she reached her first Grand Slam semifinal for the first time since 2010.

Williams, who is a five-time Wimbledon champion, has been battling all types of injuries in the past six years. She’s been diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease that kept her out of the running for months. She’s also suffered from a back injury.

But in the past two years, she’s clawed her way back into the top 10. She’s won titles and has started to advance further in Grand Slam tournaments.

Yesterday, she said, “I always want more. I want more out of myself. For sure, I haven’t had an easy road, but a lot of people haven’t. I try not to think about those sorts of things. I try to think about what I can accomplish.”

What Venus has been able to accomplish is playing hours-long matches, against three different opponents who were 20 or younger. And if that weren’t enough, she’s also playing doubles with her sister Serena.

Williams, who is currently ranked number 8 right now, said, “I love playing the game. When you’re winning matches, it makes it that much sweeter.”

Go Venus!

Imaginary BFFs: Celebrity Friends…In Our Heads

March 11th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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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?

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Credit: Nicky Nelson/

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?

Runs In The Family: Celebrity Siblings Who Have The Same Job

September 17th, 2015 - By Danielle Young
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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.

She Aced It! Venus Williams Earns Business Degree From IU

September 2nd, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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Taste of Tennis Week: Taste of Tennis Gala - Red Carpet Arrivals Featuring: Venus Williams Where: New York City, New York, United States When: 27 Aug 2015 Credit: Ivan Nikolov/

Taste of Tennis Week: Taste of Tennis Gala – Red Carpet Arrivals
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Where: New York City, New York, United States
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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.

Congrats Venus!