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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.

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.

Battle Of The Ish You Should Not Wear: The 13 Worst Celebrity Performance Outfits

December 6th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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Sometimes an artist takes the stage and blows everyone away with a great performance. And sometimes, the performance is overshadowed by an embarrassing outfit blunder. Hey, it happens to the best of them. Check out the worst celebrity performance outfits ever.

Worst Celebrity Performance Outfits

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Tamar Braxton

After living in the shadows of her big sister Toni Braxton, and then her other sisters, Tamar has finally stepped into the spotlight all on her own. The “Love and War” singer took to the stage at the 2013 Soul Train Awards in a risqué outfit and immediately there was a backlash on social networks. Many believed the sheer outfit, complete with black sequins to cover up her goodies, was a distraction from her singing ability. Not one to let the criticism keep her down, Braxton responded to the flack via twitter: “I’m NOT on the red carpet & if u like my performance & outfit thank u if not pray 4 me.”

15 Celebrity Women Who Don’t Seem To Have Love For The Brothers

October 16th, 2013 - By Meghan Reid
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Kanye always said  “And when you get on he leave your A$$ for a white girl” in regards to black men, but he never mentioned black women.There are quite a few black women that have gained great success through music, acting and sports, but aren’t seen with black men romantically. Check out 15 women that love to date white men exclusively, or so it seems.

Diana Ross

Diana Ross

After Berry Gordy, Diana Ross hasn’t seemed to find another black man to date or marry. She married Robert Ellis Silberstein in 1971, the same year her oldest daughter was born. Although her real father was Berry Gordy, Diana failed to reveal that information until years later. She then divorced Silberstein in 1977 and married billionaire Arne Naess, Jr.

Queen Latifah, Patti Labelle, Venus Williams, And More To Be Honored At Black Girls Rock! 2013

October 16th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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Our favorite award show is coming up next weekend and with the women slated to be honored at Black Girls Rock! 2013 we can tell there are some great things in store for this year’s ceremony.

The two-hour show will once again be hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King and will tape on Saturday, October 26 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center before making its network TV premiere on BET on Sunday, November 3 at 7pm EST. BET, in partnership with Beverly Bond, the creator of Black Girls Rock! announced that the following phenomenal women will be recognized this year for, well, rocking:

Patti Labelle: Living Legend Award

 Queen Latifah: Rock Star Award

Mara Brock Akil: Shot Caller Award

Venus Williams: Star Power Award

Community organizer Ameena Matthews: Community Activist Award

Misty Copeland: Young, Gifted & Black Award

Children’s civil rights activist Marian Wright Edelman: Social Humanitarian Award

In a news release, Beverly Bond said of this year’s honorees:

“Each of the women, whom we are celebrating this year, epitomize the champion’s spirit as applicable to their respective fields. They are anchored by a fierce commitment to their craft or cause; they have shown the ability to navigate multiple sectors and industries successfully; and they are conscious about the role they play in enriching our society and culture. They absolutely Rock!”

We definitely agree.  Will you be watching Black Girls Rock! 2013?

Surprising Multi-Hyphenates! 10 Unexpected Celebrity Side Hustles

September 5th, 2013 - By Tanvier Peart
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Any celebrity will tell you that the key to a successful career is relevance, longevity and a diverse portfolio. This can often separate those who only have 15 minutes of fame from those who have a long-term contract with celebrity.

When it comes to the marketplace, it’s no secret that tons of celebrities want us to buy their stuff. From clothing to fragrances and apparel, it seems like everyone has their hand in the business world. There are however some who opt for less obvious ventures that would make us take another look. Here are ten celebrities who have created unexpected side hustles or businesses.

Venus Williams Covers Jet, Talks Success, Goals And Playing Tennis With A Cane

August 29th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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A glammed up Venus Williams appears on the September 23 edition of JET magazine. Inside the tennis star and fashion designer talks about her relationship with her sisters, romance, her side hustles and the future of her tennis career.

Check out a few quoteables from the interview below.

On what success means to her

“For me, being young, rich and powerful is all about how you represent yourself and where you came from, and not forgetting any of that.”

Her career

“I plan on playing tennis with a cane,” she joked.  “[Serena and I] have no plans to quit too soon.  So as long as we can play tennis, we will.”

Her legacy

“My main life goal is for people to know that I was a nice person and hopefully, be a part of something bigger than I could ever win on the tennis court.”

You can read the rest of Venus’ interview with JET here.

Venus Williams Is On EleVen: The Tennis Champ On Fashion, Sports, And How She Spends Her Weekends

August 22nd, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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Aurora Hail Mary Tank and the Aqua Mini Break Skirt

At different points during her decorated and ongoing career (five-time Wimbledon champ, twice the US Open champ, and winner of multiple Olympic gold medals), Venus Williams has been perched atop the list of all women’s tennis players, ranked number one in the world. Yesterday, she was seated in a corner at the Strand hotel in New York City, quietly responding to questions posed by a bevy of reporters who had come to take a look at the Spring/Summer 2014 collections for her fitness wear line, EleVen.

Launched in 2007, the upcoming collections draw inspiration from a number of places. Among those listed in the look book: “mixed graphics,” “oversized florals,” “jewel tones,” and “back details.” “Layering and mesh inserts” appear in the shoulders of a super cute white tennis dress that might inspire you to pick up a racket.

And that’s the point of the line. According to the website, Williams says she has “a fierce desire to motivate people to move their bodies,” which is where the idea for the company came from.

“I think about what I’m going to wear and how can I make this easy for everyone,” Williams told us when we had our chance beside her on the couch. “If I wouldn’t wear it, it doesn’t make the line.” That also means solving some of the problems for women when they head to the department store to buy exercise gear. “Too many straps,” said Venus at one point. Though she acknowledges that the line isn’t all about her.

“The toughest part is incorporating colors I wouldn’t wear,” she adds.