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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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AP Images

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

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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Source: AP Images

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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Image: C.Smith/

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?

Credit: Nicky Nelson/

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
Featuring: Venus Williams
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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!

Serena Williams Seeks Her Record 19th Grand Slam Title In The Australian Open

January 29th, 2015 - By Tonya Garcia
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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.)  

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.

Family Feud: Your Favorite Celebrity Siblings Don’t Always Get Along

November 8th, 2014 - By Deron Dalton
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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.


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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.

Serena Williams’ Best Pop Moments: 15 Times She Kick Butt On And Off The Court

September 27th, 2014 - By Deron Dalton
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Source: WENN

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.

Throwback Thursday: 16 Venus and Serena Williams Beaded Hairstyles

August 21st, 2014 - By Rich
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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