We Heart: Serena Williams, “The One to Beat”

At a Wimbledon press conference on Friday, The Telegraph’s Jamie Johnson asked legendary tennis player and Olympic medalist Serena Williams how she handles being “the one to beat” on the court. In response, Williams did something women often don’t: she acknowledged her achievements and didn’t shy away from celebrating her own success.

“I’m glad someone admitted that,” Williams said. “Every single match I play, whether I’m coming back from a baby, or surgery, it doesn’t matter, because these young ladies bring a game that I’ve never seen before… When I watch them play, it’s a totally different game than when they play me.”

Williams also celebrated the women who challenge her on the courts—and credited them for making her even better. “I always play everyone at their greatest, so I have to be greater,” Williams explained, saying that the fierce competition her opponents bring when they’re facing her in a match is “what makes her great.” She declared that her skill level is “so much higher because of it, from years and years of being played like that.”

Serena Williams jumps for joy after defeating Maria Sharapova to win gold at the 2012 Olympic Games. (Charles Thompson / Creative Commons)

About a month ago, at a press conference for the French Open, a journalist asked Williams whether she had “ever been intimidated by anyone on a tennis court.” She confidently responded that she never had. Williams has no reason to respond differently, of course; the winner of four Olympic gold medals and 23 Grand Slam titles is often revered as the greatest living athlete.

That alone is revolutionary, considering Williams’ identity as a woman in sports, and specifically a Black woman in the white, male-dominated world of tennis. In every assertion that she recognizes her own greatness, Williams additionally inspires women everywhere to do the same—without apologizing.

Carmiya Baskin is an editorial intern at Ms. and a third-year Feminist Studies major at UC Santa Barbara. Her work has appeared in The Bottom Line, a student-run newspaper at UCSB, and EqualTalk, a feminist blog she co-founded through a women empowerment and teen leadership organization, Girls Give Back. She is passionate about all things related to intersectional feminism, Harry Potter and Disney, and she enjoys eating peanut butter right out of the jar while binge-watching The Office.

 

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‘Let’s Keep Making Noise.’ Serena Williams Dedicates Wimbledon Final to ‘All Moms’

Serena Williams competed in her 30th Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon this weekend, in a re-match of the 2016 Wimbledon final when she defeated Angelique Kerber. While Williams didn’t win in their most recent face-off, the fact that she was in the tennis competition’s final a mere ten months after giving birth to to her daughter Alexis Olympia is an impressive feat in and of itself. Particularly as her pregnancy and birth led to a number of health issues, including a pulmonary embolism and multiple surgeries.

While Williams lost to Kerber, she was still surprised by her performance, noting in a post-game interview that she “didn’t expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back.” After the final, Williams took to Twitter to express her appreciation for her fans with a shout-out to all moms. She wrote that the “past 2 weeks was a sound for all moms” whether they choose to “stay home” or work, adding “you can do it you really can! I’m not any better or diff than any of you all.”

Williams’s husband Alexis Ohanian took to Twitter to express his awe at his wife’s accomplishment. He noted that after her pregnancy lead to a pulmonary embolism that nearly cost Williams her life.

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Alexis Ohanian Posts Heartfelt Message To Serena Williams After Wimbledon Loss

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Serena Williams has been balancing mommy duties,with her 10-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia, and training for her 10th return to the Wimbledon stage. Although the tennis superstar had high hopes of winning, she lost to Germany’s Angelique Kerber leaving her short of a record-tying 24 Grand Slam title with tennis pioneer Margaret Court.

While fans took to social media to share encouraging words to Serena, her husband, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, posted a heartfelt message to his Instagram assuring her that he’s proud of her and more trophies are on the way.

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After her loss, a visibly moved Williams shared her disappointment but said she was playing for all the moms:

 

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Angelique Kerber Beats Serena Williams to Win Wimbledon Championship

(LONDON) — Angelique Kerber won her first Wimbledon championship by stopping Serena Williams’ bid for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title.

Kerber played cleanly as can be, covering the court so well and picking her spots for big shots, in a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Williams in Saturday’s final.

It is the 30-year-old Kerber’s third Grand Slam title. She also beat Williams in the Australian Open final in 2016, then won that year’s U.S. Open.

Williams is a seven-time Wimbledon champion and her 23 major trophies rank second all-time to Margaret Court. This final came just 10½ months after the 36-year-old American gave birth to a daughter and dealt with a serious health scare. She was playing in the fourth tournament of her comeback.

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Oli Scarff — AFP — Getty ImagesUS player Serena Williams reacts against Germany’s Angelique Kerber during their women’s singles final match on the twelfth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 14.

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The Week in Movie News: Billy Dee Williams, ‘RoboCop Returns’ and More

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Serena Williams on Heading to the Wimbledon Final: ‘It’s Not Inevitable For Me to Be Playing Like This’

Serena Williams is headed to her 30th Grand Slam singles final after beating Julia Goerges in the 2018 Wimbledon semi-final on Thursday. Her win sets the stage for a redux of the 2016 Wimbledon final in which she defeated Angelique Kerber, who will also be her 2018 opponent.

It was an especially sweet victory for Williams, a 23-time champion, who survived harrowing complications when she gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia just 10 months ago. Following the baby’s delivery, Williams had a number of health issues, including a pulmonary embolism and a hematoma, which led to her having multiple surgeries.

Williams isn’t taking her time at Wimbledon for granted, noting in a post-game interview that she “didn’t expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back.”

“It’s not inevitable for me to be playing like this,” Williams said. “I had multiple surgeries and nearly didn’t make it when I gave birth. I’m enjoying every moment.”

Williams will face off with Kerber on Saturday; if she is victorious, she’ll tie Margaret Court’s all-time record for grand slam singles titles.

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Maisie Williams Said Goodbye to Game of Thrones in a Very Game of Thrones Way

Maisie Williams gave a Game of Thrones farewell that was straight out of Westeros.

With the show’s eighth and final season looming, fans and stars alike are preparing to say goodbye. On Saturday, Williams decided to commemorate her time as Arya Stark with a little bloodshed — this is Game of Thrones, after allby posting an image of her red-spattered white sneakers on Instagram.

“Goodbye Belfast. Goodbye Arya. Goodbye Game of Thrones,” she wrote in the caption. “What a joy I’ve had. Here’s to the adventures to come.”

The 21-year-old star also got fans buzzing about spoilers by tagging herself “#lastwomanstanding.” Some speculated that the hashtag meant she’s the only character to survive, while others pointed out Williams might have been one of the last Game of Thrones actors to film scenes.

She also joked that “#immasleepforthenextfouryears,” before adding “#justkiddingidontsleep.”

Williams’ co-star Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, posted a similar — albeit less gory — goodbye last month, paying tribute to Ireland, the show’s most prominent filming location.

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Zara McDermott reveals Adam Collard hasn’t contacted her since leaving the Love Island villa as she reveals truce with Rosie Williams

ZARA McDermott has revealed Adam Collard hasn’t been in touch with her since leaving the Love Island villa last night.

The government adviser, 21, confirmed on Good Morning Britain earlier today there had been radio silence from the Geordie personal trainer, 22, despite him admitting just days ago he still has feelings for her.

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Richard Arnold asked Zara if she had heard from Adam since he was booted out of the villa last night.

She replied: “I’ve not heard from him .. I think he needs to pull his finger out a little bit.

“It wasn’t easy watching him kiss someone else on TV so soon after we had separated so I think he has got to pull his finger out a little bit and make some effort.

“The Adam I watch on TV and the Adam I got to know in the villa are two different people. I need to wait to speak to him in person.”

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Sat next to her, Rosie Williams, a 26-year-old lawyer, added: “ He has got to prove himself to you, hasn’t he babe.”

The two girls insisted that, despite drama on the show which saw them fight over the Geordie personal trainer, they were fine.

Zara said: “We are absolutely fine.”

Rosie agreed: “We are going to go for dinner and have a little chat.”

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Zara and Rosie insisted on Good Morning Britain they had made amends after fighting over Adam in the villa

The segment got off to a bumpy start when Kate Garraway accidentally fell off a giant bean bag and onto the lap of another former Love Island contestant, Charlie Frederick, live on the show.

The TV star, 51, looked shocked as she ended up getting cosier to the model than she had planned during the show earlier today.

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The camera panned across the studio to show Kate sat on a giant bean bag along with co-host Ranvir Singh and Love Island stars Hayley Hughes, Zara and Rosie in addition to Charlie, as well as Richard on an inflatable flamingo.

Kate joked: “When sitting on a giant bean bag, it’s probably best not to actually dress as the bean bag.”


However, as she spoke, the presenter sunk into a gap down the side and onto Charlie.

She grabbed his leg as she struggled to pick herself up off the floor and ended up in a fit of giggles with her head in her hands.


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Porsha Williams’ Fans Are Worried She Might Leave The RHOA Show

Just like your other favorite celebrities, Porsha Williams also made sure to mark yesterday’s celebration with a gorgeous photo that she posted on her Instagram account. She used the occasion to wish all her fans and followers a Happy 4th of July. Take a look at the picture that she chose below.

🇺🇸Happy 4th of July Y’all ! Love thickums ❤’ Porsha captioned her photo.

‘Hey, Mrs. Porsha so quick question are you leaving the RHOA show bc if so I’m going to stop watching it Iove you,’ one concerned fan asked Porsha. We are not aware of something like this, and we hope that it’s not the case.

🇺🇸Happy 4th of July y’all ! Love thickums ❤

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‘Hey, Porsha. Stay Beautiful and Focus. You have a sweetheart. Blessings,’ another follower posted.

‘Omg…I love watching you succeed in what you doing….love your hustle…and you are a beautiful and smart individual,’ one fan wrote, praising the RHOA star as well.

‘You look so beautiful and happy 4th of July to you and your family. I am so proud of you and how you carry your self. I am glad that you’re not letting these people still your joy and good luck with Gary with the tea.😂😂’ one person gushed over Porsha.

‘Ok P please tell Gary that I love him and the Brett’s and I love you too I had fun watching you guys on dish nation yeah I know how to brighten up a girls day,’ someone else also praised her.

‘Porsha4real you are looking very pretty. Keep doing what you are doing. You are winning,’ another commenter posted next to her pic in which we have to admit she looks fantastic as always. She also knows how to show off her features. You go, girl!

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Venus Williams Is Still in the Game—On and Off the Court

Venus Williams has tuned out all manner of distractions on her way to becoming one of the most successful women to set foot on a tennis court. But on a recent June morning in downtown New York City, there was no competing with the doe eyes of her 11-year-old Havanese, Harry, as he peeked his head out of her backpack. “Hi, good morning again,” Williams cooed as she buried her face in Harry’s fur. “You’re awful cute, aren’t you?”

As Harry gazes at her, Williams snaps back to attention and explains why, at age 38, with seven major tournament titles, a successful clothing brand and an interior-design business to her name, she keeps grinding away on the tennis tour. “I think you see some players, they’re clearly not playing well and they can’t keep up and they just can’t compete,” Williams says. “This is not a problem that I have.”

Williams is putting it modestly. More than two decades after her pro debut and seven years after being diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that causes pain and fatigue, Williams is still among the game’s elite. In 2017 she reached the final of two Grand Slam tournaments and a semifinal of a third. This season has been rougher–she fell in the first round at both the Australian and French Opens. But if history is any guide, Wimbledon, which starts on July 2, could be the antidote.

The manicured grass of the All England Club has been particularly kind to Williams. Aided by her knack for running down balls on the fast surface that sneak past other players, she has won the singles title five times and, paired with sister Serena, the doubles title six times. (“Those titles count,” Williams says, smiling.) Those matches included some of the most memorable in recent history, including the three-set classic over Lindsay Davenport in the 2005 final and her straight-set triumph over Serena in ’08. Last July, Williams became the oldest Wimbledon finalist since Martina Navratilova in 1994.

Wimbledon is significant for another reason: it’s where Williams took a stand for equal prize money that helped the women achieve pay parity with the men. The day before she won the 2005 title, Williams addressed the Grand Slam Board, made up of executives from the four major events, in the boardroom at the august All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. At that time, only the U.S. Open and the Australian Open offered equal prize money for men and women; Wimbledon and the French Open were still holding out. She gazed at the tennis pooh-bahs and asked them to close their eyes and follow her on a thought experiment. “You feel like you’re going against people who maybe have made up their minds already,” Williams says, recalling the moment. “I felt like I had to say something that was very humanizing because these people on the board, they have mothers, they have daughters, they have sisters. They have to remember that these women who are not getting equal prize money are mothers and daughters and sisters. You have to look at it that way, or else you might not be able to see through it.”

In April 2006, the French Open announced it would close its pay gap and offer both champions the same prize money. Wimbledon, however, stood firm. So Williams took her crusade public, writing in a June 2006 op-ed in the Times of London: “I feel so strongly that Wimbledon’s stance devalues the principle of meritocracy and diminishes the years of hard work that women on the tour have put into becoming professional tennis players.”

Williams’ crusade helped convince British Parliament to take up the issue. Prime Minister Tony Blair called for equal prize money. In early 2007, Wimbledon changed its policy. “It all happened so quickly,” Williams says. “We all thought we were going to fight for a lot more years.” This year the men’s and women’s champions will each earn around $ 3 million.

The debate, however, still rears its head. Rafael Nadal, who won his 11th French Open title in June, recently suggested that there can be reasons for pay disparities in a field. “Female models earn more than male models and nobody says anything,” Nadal told an Italian magazine. “Why? Because they have a larger following. In tennis too, who gathers a larger audience earns more.” When I read Nadal’s comments to Williams, she declined to return serve. “I don’t know anything about modeling,” she says. “I guess that’s a metaphor that makes sense to him.”

Williams is well aware that the pay gap is far from closed outside of tennis. American women earn 80¢ for every dollar taken home by men. “There’s still a lot of work to be done,” says Williams. “But men have to want it just as much as women. That’s very important. We have to raise our sons in a way that that we see women as equals.”

Looking back on the push for equal pay, Williams says she is an unlikely trailblazer. “I’m not necessarily a person who’s looking to be a leader in the middle of a crowd,” she says. “My job puts me in the middle of the crowd, but it’s not really how I live my life. But I’m also the kind of person that if you start a fight with me, then trust me, I’m going to end it. Don’t start anything with me.”

A decade ago, few would have wagered that the Venus and Serena would still be playing competitive tennis, let alone thriving in tournaments. They were rare talents, sure, but critics said the sisters had too many outside interests. And many wondered how Williams would be able to continue to play at the top level after her Sjögren’s-syndrome diagnosis. Williams did explore life beyond the court. She earned degrees in business and fashion design. “Not being more than an athlete was considered a failure in my household,” she says.

But it turns out that in refusing to pile up on tournament appearances in their 20s, the Williams sisters were able to flourish into their 30s. “It’s about planning a smart schedule,” says Williams. “A lot of people didn’t do that. Mental burnout is just as bad as physical burnout. Maybe worse.”

At last year’s Wimbledon, Williams broke down in tears after a reporter asked her about a incident that had occurred weeks earlier, when she was involved in a car accident in Florida that took the life of another car’s passenger. In December, police cleared Williams of any criminal wrongdoing. The deceased man’s family has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Williams, who declined to talk to TIME about the case.

Pundits have written millions of words, and filled hours of airtime, explaining the meaning of the sisters to their sport, and society at large. Williams is far less inclined to do the same. Asked how she would describe her impact, Williams deflects introspection like an errant ball. “Oh my gosh, I have to work on my wide serve,” Williams says. “Why am I not moving faster? Those are the things I think about. I don’t sit back and reminisce on any achievement, because that’s the past. And I don’t live in the past.”

This appears in the July 02, 2018 issue of TIME.
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Jesse Williams Ordered To Pay 100K In Spousal, Child Support

Lord have mercy! It really is cheaper to keep her. After a nasty custody battle, Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams has been hit with huge child support payment.

The actor and activist has been ordered to shell out $ 50,629 a month in child support to ex Aryn Drake-Lee for their three-year-old son Maceo and four-year-old daughter Sadie, according to court documents.

He had previously been ordered to pay over $ 50k a month in spousal support that was upped from $ 33k, TMZ reports. Williams must also pay his estranged wife’s legal fees, totaling $ 270,000.

According to court docs, Jesse pulls in $ 521,000 a month.

Williams fought against the support payments, saying he would instead like to take care of the needs of his children, but the court wasn’t having it.

“The reasonable needs of the children can be met by (Williams) directly paying school tuition, uninsured medical and certain other expenses totaling $ 7,465 a month,” the actor argued in the papers.

In the end, Drake-Lee was awarded the sum so the children could “share in a lifestyle and condition consistent with their parents’ current station in life,” the court ruling states.

The couple finalized the end of their five-year marriage nearly a year after he filed for divorce. They were granted joint physical custody of their kids.

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Porsha Williams Is Excitedly Expecting Her Birthday On June 22 – The Gorgeous Brunette Will Be 37 Years Old

Porsha Williams will celebrate her birthday on June 22, that’s two days from now. She announced her fans that on Friday she would be 37 years old and she posted some pics in which she looks terrific.

‘Hello 37 I’m waiting on you bihh #June22,’ she captioned one of the pics.

‘I think you are beautiful and look younger and even more beautiful with less makeup,’ one of her fans told her.

‘We have the same birthday!!! I will be the big 36!!! Happy Birthday Gorgeous!!!’ another follower wrote, and one other person said that ‘@porsha4real me and you have the same birthday. Happy Early June 22nd birthday, birthday twin. 😂

Hello 37 I’m waiting on you bihh #June22

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‘Not a damn wrinkle in sight you are a beautiful Queen inside and out @porsha4real 👀’ someone else posted.

‘When I say you are flawless… @porsha4real you are truly beautiful inside and out!’ one of her fans told Porsha.

‘@porsha4real love ya didn’t know you were a Cancer, are you extra sensitive and a cryer like most Cancers you don’t seem like it,’ a follower said, and another fan told her that ‘Still trying to figure out Kordell’s thought process for letting you go, and I come up with nothing lol.’

‘@porsha4real u will wear 37 only on your DL you look fabulous! Rock that birthday hard! Good characteristic of a Cancer… Straight’ someone else told her.

We have to agree that this lovely RHOA lady does look much younger indeed, and her natural look is amazing.

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5 Amazing Pieces From Serena Williams’ New Clothing Line

Serena Williams Clothing Line 'Serena'

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Serena Williams is truly the goat. Her baby isn’t even walking yet and the ultra-athlete has returned to tennis and is dominating the French Open while still managing to find time to launch her clothing line, Serena.

The 13-piece collection features everything from work to weekend, all with an athletic flair. The line has American classics with Williams’ touch: including denim, athleisure, and even a “motivational” section.

The “S” featuring two tennis balls and logo’ing her brand stands not only for Serena but also around the concept of an “s” word. The 23 Grand slam title holder states, “Everyone can have an ‘s’ word. Mine is ‘sure.’ My mom’s is steadfast.’ A really good friend of mine who has been through a lot, her ‘s’ is ‘survivor.’”

Williams’ was eager to use her experience gained from two years of fashion school at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. The line has been in the works for the past two years, admitting, “in between there I got pregnant and had a baby, which took a little time, and then I got married, which I needed to spend time on that.”

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She’s back with a force, giving us some 80’s vibes. She discusses her suit jacket with padded shoulders and states, “I love a shoulder pad. I put an extra one in mine to get a real structured, Balmain look.” She also complains about how much stretch is in jeans,”I feel like everywhere I go it’s just ‘stretch stretch.’

What happened to the amazing Levi’s? I wanted to bring that back.” With this being said, expect her jeans to have very little stretch. On the fit, she reasons, “I can fit in them. It’s enough [stretch] to get on and it fits very well. It brings the integrity of the jean back, and I feel that’s missing right now in all the jean collections.”

The inaugural collection ranges from $ 40.00 for a logo t-shirt or high waist briefs to $ 215.00 for a gold and black anorak jacket. On the more pricey side, for the consumer that simply wants to support Serena, there’s an “S” logo pin for $ 14.99. The line goes up to XL in only some pieces, which I’m sure is dissapointing to her plus-size fans.

There will be a series of capsule collection drops throughout the Summer and Fall, with over 75 styles ranging from $ 35.00 to $ 250.00.

The collection drops today and here are the top 5 pieces that are in our checkout cart.

ESSENTIAL MOCK CROP TOP, $ 75.00

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This black mock crop top is what you need to keep your New York style in full effect all summer. The piece is versatile and can be paired with jeans or a skirt and can be dressed up or down.

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Lori Harvey was pictured in Los Angeles pairing a black turtleneck with distressed straightleg jeans and black mules. She looks classic and chic.

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You can rock this style straight into summer with Williams’ turtleneck crop top. It’s sized from small to large.

Modern Denim Dress, $ 205.00

Serena Williams Clothing Line 'Serena'

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I’m obsessed with this denim dress! Overalls are definitely trending and we love that she created this acid wash overall dress giving us a modern take on an 80’s favorite.

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The chain shoulder strap detailing adds to a punk rock trend and gives this dress uniqueness and life.

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Game Of Thrones star, Nathalie Emmanuel is on the red carpet in overalls and pumps and we love that Williams’ has given us an option to upgrade our overall trend in feminine form.

ESSENTIAL PENCIL SKIRT, $ 88.00

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A black pencil skirt is a must-have in every woman’s work (and play!) wardrobe. Serena has one for under $ 100.00 that has a hidden elastic waist and can be worn high waisted or at your natural waistline.

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A black pencil skirt is slimming, classic, and will pull together any outfit.

Weekend Cropped Sweatshirt ($ 60.00), Weekend Jogger ($ 70.00)

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We all need that outfit which is perfect for running errands and grabbing brunch with friends.

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Inspired by Juicy Couture back in the day, Williams’ gives us a gray and white jogger set with mesh detailing.

Beauties, what pieces are you most excited to try? Tell us in the comment section! You can shop the collection, here.

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RHOA’s Eva Marcile Is Guest Hosting Dish Nation With Porsha Williams – Check Out The Cute Photo Of The Crew

Have you ever imagined that Eva Marcile would co-host Dish Nation with Porsha Williams and the rest of the crew? Well, according to Porsha’s latest post, this is precisely what happened. Check out her photo below.

‘Watch @dishnation with our girl @evamarcille guest hosting sitting in for Brat. 🔥’ Porsha captioned her photo.

‘Eva you looking good to have just had a baby. Love the show’ one of Porsha’s followers gushed over Eva.

‘Big big shot out to all the staff @ dish radio station & a special big up to beautiful Porsha my favorite housewife. I like to call her wifey’ another excited commenter posted.

‘@porsha4real I watched it the other day when she filled in…idk. I love when she talks about fashion or modeling…that show was dry, maybe if she does a fashion segment, she’ll come alive or maybe it’s just because you weren’t there cuz when are out, there is definitely a void…’ someone else’s opinion was.

‘My two favorites! Maybe she should become your new Frack lol!’ another fan wrote, while one other follower told Porsha that ‘I watch your show, everyday love, all of y’all great job@evamarcille. Porsha say hi too Gary for me he’s my favorite. ‘

‘Watch dish nation all the time my favorite show because of you and Ricky’ someone else wrote.

‘I love dish nation, been watching it for years. I love everybody especially Porsha with her funny Beautiful self and Brat too. I just love Brat smile and her Beautiful skin and Beautiful hairstyles. I truly enjoy the show and hope the time of your show here in Texas stays at 1:00 am, and it doesn’t get changed again. Thanks for one of the Best show on tv,’ another fan praised the show.

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Aerin Lauder Fetes Williams Sonoma Collection in L.A. With Isla Fisher, Selma Blair

Aerin Lauder doesn’t make it to Los Angeles often, but the City of Angels is close to her heart. “I am very Palm Beach and East Hampton, but there is a side that I love about California and I never want to leave. When I come, I get so happy when I see the palm trees and there’s a wonderful sense of carefree, easy and friendly that you don’t really see in many other places,” she said.
The New York businesswoman was in town to celebrate her spring 2018 Aerin Collection by Williams Sonoma and Williams Sonoma Home, with a dinner co-hosted by her friends Jennifer Meyer and Crystal Lourd. The event also drew Isla Fisher, Selma Blair, Ali Larter, Annabelle Wallis, Molly Sims, Sara and Erin Foster, Jacqui Getty, Cassandra Grey, and designers Monique Lhuillier, Rachel Zoe, Rachel Roy, Lisa Marie Fernandez and Tori Praver.

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“It’s a touch of East Coast comes to L.A.,” said Lauder of her table settings on Sunset Tower’s pool terrace. “We love the style of California, it’s a very popular market for us.”
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Shortly after Serena Williams gave birth to daughter Olympia in September, she sat in her hospital bed doing her makeup so she could take pictures with her beautiful newborn. But something was wrong. As she stood up, Williams — who has a history of blood clots — couldn’t breathe and asked the nurse for an…
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Congrats! Michelle Williams Gets Engaged To Pastor Chad Johnson

Michelle Williams and her longtime beau Chad Johnson announced their engagement to the world on Thursday!

Williams and Johnson spoke exclusively to People Magazine about their love story–revealing they’ve actually been secretly engaged for over a month.

 

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“We could not contain this any longer!” Williams said to the outlet, clearly tinged with excitement!

The pair revealed that they got engaged on March 21 in Pebble Beach, California, almost a year after they first met. They plan to get married later this summer.

In March of 2017, the two were guests at a spiritual retreat in Arizona, run by Johnson. Johnson, 40, is a pastor and life coach who also serves as the chaplain for the Pittsburgh Steelers and L.A. Dodgers.

In a recent interview with “The Real” Williams, 37, shared that she was in the midst of a depression and had just ended a relationship prior to meeting her now-fiancee.

“I was in a horrible, dark place,” Williams said, 37. “I just needed to go somewhere where I could get a message of hope and restoration, rejuvenation — get connected to God.”

The two instantly connected, and remained in contact after Johnson’ close friend encouraged they keep in touch. But, a flirty text from Johnson almost ended the romance before it even began.

“I tried to roll in with some mac daddy game — and I tried to flirt a little bit and said something like, ‘How about you and I connect sometime?’ And right away, she texted right back with one word and six question marks behind it: ‘Connect??????’” Johnson said. “I thought she had dissed me. So I was embarrassed, and I didn’t reach back out to her because I thought I’d ruined the friendship.”

However, a week later Williams sent Johnson a DM, responding to an Instagram story Johnson posted him with his nephews.

“The rest is history,” Johnson said. Their texts morphed into calls and spending quality time together. The two went on to share their first kiss last July while in the Dominican Republic for a wedding. There Johnson revealed his true intentions for Williams.

“I told her, ‘I’ve been looking. I don’t want to look anymore. I’m done. My search is over,’” Johnson recalls of the magical moment.

“What kept drawing me and drawing me at first was I felt like I could be myself,” says Williams, who pointed out that Johnson refers to her by her birth name. “My first name is Tenitra; my middle name is Michelle. I felt like I could be Tenitra: just ratchet, I didn’t have to have on any makeup, if I had to have on my hair bonnet — he just made me feel very safe in being myself.”

Johnson planned the whole proposal secretly–earlier in March he flew to her hometown of Rockford, Illinois to ask for her family’s blessing and recorded the whole affair.

A few weeks later the two were enjoying time together in Pebble Beach when Johnson brought up their first failed text exchange.

“We were replaying the whole text message, recreating the moment,” Johnson says. “I was like, ‘Hey, what about if you and me connected?’ She sent me back a text saying, ‘I’ll check my availability.’ And I signaled over to the waiter, and she brought out the iPad and played the video of me being on the proposal tour.”

“I started weeping and wailing when I see all these special people,” Williams said after she watched the video of Johnson’s video with her family. “Towards the end of the video, something in my head said, ‘Pull yourself together! He’s about to propose! Stop all this crying!

Johnson presented Williams with a 5-carat diamond from  L.A. jeweler Denis Mahgerefteh.  “I was just losing it!” Williams said.

Both hope that their interracial love story inspires.

“I’m white, she’s black,” says Johnson. “What a special time for our relationship to be on display in that respect with the tension in the world and in our country.”

As far as whether Williams’ band mates make an appearance, the answer is definitely.

“We’re wanting all of our friends and family to be there. So it’s looking good!”

Congrats to the lovebirds!

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Wendy Williams Catches Shade From Celebrity Guest

Looks like the tables have turned on day time talk show host Wendy Williams who wasn’t ready for it all.

During her show, BET reports that Williams who’s usually doing the gossip and celebrity bash sessions got some shade thrown her way by guest Roseanne Barr. Barr came on the show to promote the return of the 1980’s show Roseanne.

Williams began drilling Barr about her ex-husband, Tom Arnold, who was recently asked by The Hollywood Reporter to give a review of her shows comeback. Williams wanted to know if they were in a good place to which Barr answered no because of the review.

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Of course, that wasn’t enough for Williams who kept on digging about their marriage even when Barr tried to change the subject. Fed up Barr landed a big one on Williams when she said, “I don’t like talking about husbands, right Wendy.”

Definitely implying about the craziness that Williams experienced in her own marriage recently. Rumors are still high of her husband Kevin Hunter cheating on her with his therapist. Williams’ face told it all; she was completely caught off guard and tried to regain her focus.

It looks Williams might have met her match!

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Kate Middleton Is Always There to Support Prince William’s Athletic Pursuits

The 2018 Olympic Winter Games may be over, and the Paralympic Winter Games may have also come to a close in PyeongChang, but Prince William and Kate Middleton haven’t forgotten about their nation’s sports players, popping by London’s Olympic Park on Thursday.

During a visit to a charity called SportsAid that assists young British athletes in ascending to Olympic, Paralympic and other international competitions status, Prince William tried his hand at the game of wheelchair basketball. The Duke of Cambridge was shown the ropes by young rising stars who play wheelchair basketball — and even took a few shots at the hoop himself. When he sank a basket — on his third try — the crowd was enthusiastic in their cheers.

Supporting him from the sidelines was none other than the Duchess of Cambridge, who is eight months pregnant and expecting their third royal baby sometime next month. In fact, this may very well be her final official public appearance before settling down to await the arrival of the new child. SportsAid has been a longtime cause for Princess Kate, as it supports athletes in financing their pursuits.

Wheelchair basketball, which is one of the events of the Summer Paralympic Games, will make be a part of the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

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Wendy Williams Says Not Putting Herself First Led To Her Health Declining

Wendy Williams recently took a three-week hiatus from her morning talk show, The Wendy Williams Show, to focus on her health as she battled Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism complications.  The New Jersey native recently opened up about her health issues …

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EXCLUSIVE: Toni Braxton Gushes Over Relationship with Fiancé, Bryan ‘Birdman’ Williams

With new album, Sex & Cigarettes, on the way and a new season of Braxton Family Values on the horizon, Toni Braxton is as busy as ever. The timeless beauty was diagnosed with lupus in 2008, and stress can often wreak havoc on her immune system. Fortunately, she has the love and support of fiancé, Cash Money Records founder Bryan ‘Birdman’ Williams, to keep her sane during her most trying moments.

In this exclusive interview with EBONY, the seven-time Grammy winner shares what made her fall for the New Orleans boss, saying it was a slow and steady courtship that even she didn’t see coming.

“We’ve been friends forever. We were friends who realized, ‘Wow, we really care for each other,’ Braxton reveals. “I don’t think we ever expected this to turn into a relationship, he was just my buddy. He’d show me support, he’d come to see me in my plays, it was really a friendship that became something more.”

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The R&B icon goes on to break down exactly how she knew Baby was ‘the one,’ after he came through for her during an intense health scare.

“The turning point for me was when I had a giant [lupus] flare, and I had obligated myself to go on tour. I was trying to still do it–even though I should’ve cancelled–and he told me, ‘I’m going to be out there with you just to make sure you’re OK.’”

Braxton continues, “How he treated me made me look at him different, like, Wow! That’s how the friendship kind of transitioned into what it is today.”

While the pair couldn’t be more in sync, the stunning songstress can’t help but notice the public’s perception of them.

“People see us and think we’re total opposites, and we are! We are OPPOSITES,” the mother of two admits. “Opposites attract, but he’s truly a gentleman, I mean he’s really a gentleman. People don’t know that about him.”

Sex & Cigarettes drops March 23 and is available for pre-order. Braxton Family Values, Season Six, debuts March 22 on WE tv. Check out the trailer below.

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UNIFORMED BEHAVIOR: Slow and Steady Wins the Race’s Mary Ping is moving at a swift clip with special projects. Reached Thursday in Paris, where she was discussing plans to design costumes for the Centre Pompidou this summer, she recently put the finishing touches on uniforms for La Mercerie, the French café that bows Friday at the Roman and Williams Guild in New York.
En route to London Saturday to meet with executives from a brand she declined to name, Ping will meet with a New York-based hotel that plans to revamp five locations with a Twenties decor once she returns to the U.S. There are also talks scheduled with two other restaurants, one of which is a national chain, the designer said.
“I do think there is something in the air for hotel and hospitality right now. Culturally, it’s probably driven by more and more people wanting to have experiences. The emphasis for details related to that is definitely more heightened,” Ping said.
For La Mercerie, Ping made simple button shirts with contrast topstitching and high-waisted, wide-leg pants. Her friend Akari Endo-Gaut, who works under Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors’ Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, brought Ping into the fold for the

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Score one for Serena Williams’ husband.

Williams is set to return to tennis competition next month at the BNP Paribas Tournament, her first since giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Jr. So hubby Alexis Ohanian decided to mark the occasion by lining the path to Palm Springs, near the tournament venue, with four very sweet billboards.

Collectively, three of the billboards spell out “Greatest Momma of All Time,” while the last one says, “Serena Williams G.M.O.A.T. – Alexis Jr. + Sr.”

“These just went up on alongside I-10 into Palm Springs,” Ohanian wrote on his Instagram post. “@OlympiaOhanian & I wanted to welcome her back to tennis. Designed them myself, with some help from Jr. #GMOAT.” (That last bit is a reference to their incredibly adorable offspring, who has more than 273,000 followers on Instagram and isn’t even 7 months old yet.)

I’m a woman who can’t get enough of a romantic grand gesture, so as soon as I spied these photos on Ohanian’s Instagram account, I hit the road to take my own photos.

… And they turned out terrible, actually. (Head over here if you want to see the original Instagram photos, which are also pretty terrible.) Did you know it’s challenging to take photos of billboards? Especially during rush hour?

A billboard on the side of a road that has an adorable baby and says "Greatest."

A billboard on the side of a road that has an adorable baby and says "Momma."

A billboard on the side of a road that has an adorable baby and says "Of All Time."

A billboard on the side of a road that features Serena Williams and says "Greatest."

 

Billboards?! My husband didn’t even buy me flowers for our anniversary! But he did drive the car down the interstate while I hung out the window and tried to take photos of Serena Williams’ billboards. If that’s not love, then what is?

For the record, Serena Williams was very moved by her husband’s gesture.

“Literally am crying,” she posted in the comments on Instagram. “This is so sweet. I love you.”

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Alexis Ohanian Goes to Great Lengths to Cheer on Serena Williams With Four Emotional Billboards

Alexis Ohanian surprised his wife, Serena Williams, with four billboards outside Indian Wells, California.

It’s unclear whether Ohanian was inspired by the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri or if he just wanted to make sure that Williams couldn’t miss the message on her way to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, where she is scheduled to take part in the 2018 BNP Paribas Open. Either way, the billboards made a big splash. The billboard featured adorable photos of both Williams and the couple’s five-month-old daughter, Alexis Jr., alongside the acronym G.M.O.A.T. (Greatest Momma of All Time).

The billboards were the perfect way to welcome Williams back to tournament play next month, where she will return to the tennis circuit for the first time since giving birth to her daughter.

Ohanian couldn’t have picked a better venue for his grand display. Williams boycotted Indian Wells for 13 years following a racist incident in 2001. She ended her boycott in 2015, explaining her decision in an op-ed for TIME. Whether Williams wins or loses at Indian Wells, it’s clear that she has already won when it comes to having a supportive family.

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Maisie Williams Shoots Down ‘Completely False’ Game of Thrones Story

Maisie Williams is sticking a bogus Game of Thrones story with the pointy end of her Twitter account.

The actress is shooting down a report that was picked up around the world that quoted Williams claiming the final season of her HBO hit would premiere in April, 2019. On Monday, Williams set the record straight:

EW picked up the story too, though we warned readers should “take Metro‘s quotes with a grain of salt,” especially because another part of her purported interview conflicted with something we’d previously heard (it had Williams saying the final season would wrap production in December, when late July or early August is actually the current plan).

HBO would not confirm nor deny the April report and has only said the show will air its eighth season in 2019.

Of course, the final season could still premiere in April, 2019, as that does make sense (six of the show’s seven seasons debuted in April or the last week of March). But if it is, then it’s a coincidence rather than a slip by Williams.

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Maisie Williams fears that her looks will stop her from getting work in Hollywood

‘It’s a very shallow industry’

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Fans are already counting down the days until Game of Thrones returns to our screen for its final season, but with the release date confirmed for 2019, it looks like we’ve got some time to kill.

Luckily for us, the cast are all working on separate projects so in the meantime there’s lots to look forward to – Emilia Clarke is set to star in Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lena Headey is starring in Immigration drama The Flood and Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are busy planning their real-life wedding.

One of the stars that is particularly busy is 20-year-old Maisie Williams, who as well as taking on the role of bridesmaid for GoT sister and real life bezzie, Sophie Turner, is also busy on the work-front, set to star in Early Man and Departures this year, with other films already lined up for 2019.

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It makes sense – as one of the stars of Game of Thrones, you’re surely set up for life, right?

Not according to Maisie Williams.

Opening up about the ‘shallow industry’ that is Hollywood in a recent interview with The Irish Times, the 20-year-old actress explained her fears that her looks might actually hold her back.

‘It’s only now I’m starting to realise the characters that are available to me because of the way I look and the characters that aren’t available to me,’ Maisie explained.

‘It’s a very shallow industry. And I don’t look like someone who is cast in roles that are, well, sexualised. Don’t get me wrong, I’m completely in awe of Hollywood’s leading ladies. I love looking at those totally jaw-droppingly beautiful women. But I think it’s sad that you only get to see one type of beautiful on screen.’

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) Bryson Williams tossed in 20 points on 10-of-14 shooting and Terrell Carter II added 18 points, six rebounds and a pair of blocked shots in the final seconds to help Fresno State hold off UNLV 69-63 on Tuesday night.

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Mark Wahlberg just donated $1.5m to the Time’s Up fund in Michelle Williams’ name 

‘I 100% support the fight for fair pay’

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The past few months have seen women and men, particularly in Hollywood, calling out the mistreatment of women and promoting gender equality.

As a result, the Time’s Up campaign was founded this month, with its legal defence fund offering support to victims of sexual harassment, abuse or assault in the workplace.

Celebrities from Reese Witherspoon to Ewan McGregor took to the red carpet of the Golden Globes last week to promote the Time’s Up campaign, and the movement seems to have extended past awards season.

The latest high profile figure to call for change is actor Mark Wahlberg who just announced his plans to donate $ 1.5 million to the Time’s Up defence fund in actress Michelle Williams’ name.

The pair have just filmed All the Money in the World together and recently made headlines after they were forced to reshoot scenes following actor Kevin Spacey’s removal from the project after facing sexual harassment accusations last year.

Showcasing Hollywood’s shocking pay disparity, Wahlberg was given $ 1.5 million for the reshoot while his female co-star was paid just $ 80 a day.

Understandably the public wasn’t happy with the news and neither it seems was Mark Wahlberg who took to Twitter to voice his outrage and support his co-star.

‘Over the last few days my reshoot fee for All the Money in the World has become an important topic of conversation,’ the actor announced in a statement. ‘I 100% support the fight for fair pay and I’m donating the $ 1.5M to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name.’

Responding to the news, Michelle Williams also released a statement.

‘If we truly envision an equal world, it takes equal effort and sacrifice,’ she announced. ‘Today is one of the most indelible days of my life because of Mark Wahlberg, WME and a community of women and men who share in this accomplishment. Anthony Rapp, for all the shoulders you stood on, now we stand on yours.’

Time is definitely up.

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Wendy Williams Is Back At It With More Celebrity Bashing!

 

Wendy Williams returned from the holiday break this week and wasted no time poppin’ off on celebrities.

She kicked off her Hot Topics segments by addressing Kylie Jenner and her alleged baby daddy Travis Scott.

Kylie has maintained a low profile since rumors began swirling she’s pregnant. Kris Jenner has not given Kylie the green light to confirm or deny the reports, as the family thrives and profits from the media attention.

Meanwhile, Williams believes that Jenner is keeping a low profile because she and Scott have called it quits — a break-up caused by her rumored pregnancy.

“Please, that was a split and run, in my mind. Like, the condom split, she took the test and was probably like, ‘Oh my god, what do I do now? Travis!’ He’s like, ‘No, I’m a rock star. You got plenty of money on your own, figure it out … I’ll pay child support from afar’, Williams said.

Williams also took a jab at Jenner’s cosmetic surgery.

“Let me tell you something, you can do whatever you want to yourself, but the baby is still going to look like the old you – just saying.”

Jenner is said to be devastated by Wendy’s comments.

“Kylie is traumatized over the whole situation,” a source close to the Kardashian-Jenner family tells HollywoodLife.com. “I’m not sure what upset her more, the comment about Travis not wanting her anymore or the stuff about her baby’s face.” Wendy’s words really hit home for Kylie, as the insider says the young star “was bullied in school.” Luckily, Kylie has a great support system of family and friends to comfort her when she’s down.

Big sister Kim Kardashian is also livid by what Wendy said, according to the family’s tipster.

“Kim has been comforting Kylie by reminding her of all the mean things Wendy’s even said about her, like the time she predicted that her and Kanye were going to be over right after North was born,” the source reveals,” adding, “That was almost five years ago and now they’re about to welcome their third child.”

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Star Wars: Episode IX: John Williams (above), who has composed the musical scores for all eight episodes in the primary Star Wars cinematic universe, says he has informed director J.J. Abrams that he would like to compose the music for the untitled ninth episode: "I would very much like to complete that." Williams will definitely be composing theme music for Han Solo in Ron Howard's upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, which is set for release on May 25. [Variety]

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Serena Williams Pulls Out of Australian Open: ‘I Will Need a Little More Time’

(MELBOURNE) — Defending champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Australian Open, saying she is not ready to return to tournament tennis.

The season’s first major starts on Jan. 15 at Melbourne Park and seven-time Australian Open champion Williams will be missing it for the first time since 2011.

Williams was pregnant with her first child when she won here last year to collect her Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam singles title.

She gave birth to her daughter, Alexis, in September.

Williams played in an exhibition tournament last week in Abu Dhabi and indicated after her loss to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko that she might not make it to Melbourne.

“After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I’m not where I personally want to be,” Williams said in a statement released Friday by Australian Open organizers.

“My coach and team always said ‘only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way.’ I can compete – but I don’t want to just compete, I want to do far better than that and to do so, I will need a little more time.

“With that being said, and even though I am disappointed about it, I’ve decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year.”

The 36-year-old Williams needs one more Grand Slam singles title to equal the all-time record held by Margaret Court, who won 24 titles before and during the Open era.

Her withdrawal comes less than 24 hours after fellow former world No.1 Andy Murray withdrew from the men’s event with a chronic hip injury.

Several other stars, including top-ranked Rafael Nadal, six-time champion Novak Djokovic and 2014 winner Stan Wawrinka, also are dealing with injuries.

Williams last year beat sister Venus in the final, and later revealed she played the tournament despite knowing she was pregnant.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said Williams waited as long as she could before letting organizers know she wouldn’t be able to compete.

“I’ve been in constant contact with Serena and her team and know this is why she has pushed it and pushed it until the 11th hour to make her final decision,” Tiley said.

 


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Jesse Williams Claims Estranged Wife Aryn Drake-Lee Cheated Him Out of Spending Time with Their Kids on Christmas

Jesse Williams wants a judge to modify his custody agreement with his estranged wife after he claims she cheated him out of time with their kids over Christmas.

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Jesse says Aryn Drake-Lee continues to make it difficult for him to maintain a stable relationship with his 4-year-old Sadie and 2-year-old Maceo. In docs, obtained by TMZ, Jesse claims Aryn has not followed the overnight agreement deal they struck back in November.

Jesse says Aryn was stingy about giving him time with the kids on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and she kept them for New Year’s Day, too. 

Not only has Aryn been tough on granting Jesse physical time with the kids — he says she only answers one out of about every three FaceTime calls he makes to them, too — and when he is able to talk to them, it’s only for a few minutes.

Jesse now wants a regular schedule with the kids enforced, and custody for 2 weekdays.

We hope they work this out — for the sake of their children.

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ABFF Honors to Recognize Tiffany Haddish, Omari Hardwick, Billy Dee Williams, and More

The 2018 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Honors will recognize several African American entertainers for their contributions in television and film. Tiffany Haddish, the breakout star from the summer blockbuster Girls Trip, will be presented with the “Rising Star Award,” while Power actor Omari Hardwick will be honored with the “Distinguished ABFF Alumni Award.” Director Ava DuVernay will receive the “Industry Visionary Award” and legendary actor, singer, and writer Billy Dee Williams will be presented with the “Hollywood Legacy Award.”

A number of hit movies and television series will also compete for awards, including Jordan Peele’s horror masterpiece Get Out and Malcolm D. Lee’s Girls Trip, which are both up for the “Movie of the Year Award.” Two original Netflix’s series, Dear White People and Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It, were nominated for the best comedy TV show of the year award. Past ABFF Honors awardees include Denzel Washington, Regina King, Issa Rae, Ryan Coogler, and Will Packer.

The award show will be hosted by actor and comedian Cedric the Entertainer on Sunday, Feb. 25.  ABFF Honors was created in 2016 by ABFF Founder Jeff Friday to celebrate the work of black filmmakers and actors in Hollywood.

Check out a full list of the nominees below.

Nominees for “Movie of the Year”

  • DETROIT (Annapurna)
  • GET OUT (Universal Pictures)
  • GIRLS TRIP (Universal Pictures)
  • MARSHALL (Open Road Films)
  • MUDBOUND (Netflix)

Nominees for “Television Show of the Year” (Drama)

  • HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (ABC)
  • POWER (STARZ)
  • THE QUAD (BET)
  • QUEEN SUGAR (OWN)
  • SNOWFALL (FX)

Nominees for “Television Show of the Year” (Comedy)

  • BLACK-ish (ABC)
  • CLAWS (TNT)
  • DEAR WHITE PEOPLE (Netflix)
  • INSECURE (HBO)
  • SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT (Netflix)

 

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LeBron James, Serena Williams and Tom Brady Are Still Dominating Their Sports. Here’s What You Can Learn From Them

On December 30th, LeBron James will turn 33. But in NBA years, he may as well be 61 and downing Geritol daily. Still, James is in his 15th season of pro basketball. He’s never played in less than 84% of his team’s regular season games. He’s twice led the NBA in minutes played, and tops the league in total minutes so far this season. And while many of his colleagues are resting on a golf course or hammock in May and June, James is making deep playoff runs. His teams have made seven straight appearances in the NBA Finals. Did we mention the three summer breaks he’s given up to play in the Olympics?

Receding hairline and all, LeBron’s getting up there. His body should be breaking down. James has already played more combined regular season and playoff minutes (51,558) than Michael Jordan (48,485) — and Jordan took two sabbaticals from basketball, totaling around four-and-a-half seasons, before retiring for good at age 40 after the 2002-2003 season. But James might be better than ever. This season he’s averaging career highs in field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and assists. He’s scoring 28.4 points per game — his highest average since the 2009-2010 season, his last in Cleveland before leaving for Miami as a free agent. He won the MVP award that year.

During the past 12 months, sports has seen its share of thrilling moments. The Houston Astros, for example, winning a wild seven-game World Series after losing 111 games just four short years ago. Or Clemson rallying from a 10-point deficit against Alabama to win the national title game on a DeShaun Watson touchdown pass in the final seconds. Or Mississippi State ending Connecticut’s 111-game winning streak on a Morgan William buzzer beater at the women’s Final Four.

Still, no 2017 storyline was more satisfying to millions of sports fans around the globe than the astounding performances of aging athletic icons. Besides James, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady — at age 39 — rallied his team from a 28-3 deficit in Super Bowl LI to a 34-28 overtime victory. At age 40, his Pats are in position to secure home field advantage in the AFC playoffs and make their 8th Super Bowl appearance of the Brady era. In tennis, Roger Federer, now 36, won two more major titles: he became the oldest man to win Wimbledon in the Open era, and also clinched a fifth career Australian Open championship. Federer’s longtime rival, Rafael Nadal, now 31, often injured and written off as a fading superstar, won the other two Slams of 2017, the French and U.S. Opens.

Serena Williams not only won an Australian Open championship at 35 — breaking Steffi Graf’s Open Era record for most Grand Slam singles titles in the process — she did so while eight weeks pregnant. Her opponent in that Aussie final? Sister Venus Williams, now 37, who in 2017 also reached the Wimbledon finals, and the semifinals of the U.S. Open, during a revival year that saw her climb all the way to No. 5 in the world rankings.

What can the rest of us learn from these masterful aging athletes? James, for one, takes maniacal care of his body. He’s fond of posting workout pictures and videos on social media: Stephen Curry delightfully mocked this habit this summer at the wedding of Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes. He takes frequent ice baths and wears compression tights to help flush out lactic acids, and wears leg boots that help his blood flow.

If you don’t have time to prep Arctic baths or $ 1,750 for hi-tech boots, you can always eat like Brady. The Pats QB credits his diet for helping his career longevity. It involves a lot of quinoa, dandelion greens, and avocado ice cream. (I’ll just save up for LeBron’s boots, thank you.)

Federer shows the power of a recharge. He shut down his 2016 season in July following knee surgery, skipping the Olympics and the U.S. Open to focus on his recovery. Federer said the mental rest worked just as many wonders as the physical break. He hiked with his family in the mountains and scheduled spontaneous lunches with old friends. “That gave me a lot of power for this year,” Federer told me after his Australian Open victory. “I said I have to come out of this six months rejuvenated. Fresh. Hungry. Ready to go. We were able to achieve that.”

The Williams sisters show how diverse passions can help you perform, long past what are supposed to be your prime years. They’ve long been interested in fashion, for example. Serena hosts shows at Fashion Week in New York, while Venus has her own clothing line, EleVen. A decade or so ago, the sisters were criticized for their outside interests. People questioned their dedication to tennis. Few would have bet that they’d still be excelling ten years later, well into their thirties. But because they didn’t burn out — tennis has a notoriously high churn rate — here they are.

As for Serena winning a major championship while pregnant, that’s just ridiculous. “She won a grand slam pregnant,” tweeted supermodel Brooklyn Decker, who’s married to ex-U.S. tennis star Andy Roddick. “I needed Andy to dress me, carry me, and delicately place me on the toilet when I was four weeks pregnant.”

This elderly emergence could bode well for 2018. There’s room for one more band member on the aging athletic rock star tour.

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Serena Williams is crowdsourcing motherhood advice from Instagram

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Serena Williams welcomed her beautiful daughter Alexis Olympia earlier this year, and she’s been Instagramming up a storm of adorable photos of her. But that doesn’t mean first-time motherhood is a piece of cake for Williams.

The tennis champ took to Instagram on Sunday to talk about one of the things that stresses her out the most about being a mum to Alexis Olympia, and she’s asking for help.

‘Teething—aka the devil—is so hard,’ she wrote. ‘Poor Alexis Olympia has been so uncomfortable. She cried so much (she never cries) I had to hold her until she fell asleep. I’ve tried amber beads… cold towels…. chew on mummies fingers…. homeopathic water (lol on that one) but nothing is working. It’s breaking my heart. I almost need my mum to come and hold me to sleep cause I’m so stressed. Help? Anyone??’

Thankfully, many Instagram users are heeding her call, offering soothing words and advice to Williams in the comments section.

‘Teething is always hard on baby and Mum. The best thing to do is use a teething ring. Put it in freezer and let it get cold, then let her chew on it. Refreeze after it get warm and use baby Tylenol. Be patient, it’s a process, but Alexis will be fine in time. Welcome to motherhood,’ one user wrote.

‘If all else fails try baby orajel to rub on her gums,’ another said. ‘It will get better once this phase is over.’

We wish both Serena and baby Alexis the best of luck with this tough phase.

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A guide to attending the Australian Open, Serena Williams’s title defense in Melbourne, a word on Davis Cup and more in this week’s Mailbag. 

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The 2018 Sundance Film Festival has announced their selected feature films. Among the 110 independent films from around the globe, the festival will also premiere documentaries on Joan Jett,

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William Carlos Williams’ plums in the icebox poem somehow became a meme, and it’s getting out of control

William Carlos Williams’ plums in the icebox poem somehow became a meme, and it’s getting out of control


William Carlos Williams’ plums in the icebox poem somehow became a meme, and it’s getting out of control

It seems as if Twitter is an endless meme machine. Meaning to say that now Twitter’s made even a William Carlos Williams poem go viral. Do we know why his famous “This Is Just To Say” poem was the latest meme to take over the Internet? No. But the plums in the icebox are suddenly everywhere. And, honestly, we’re kind of loving all the crazy tweets inspired by them.

With this newest Twitter meme, the best part is how it makes very little sense at face value. And how it seemed to come completely out of nowhere. That’s probably why Twitter loved it, to be honest. Everyone had their takes and everyone wanted to make sure they were heard. Some of the best, though, came from those users who decided the poem needed the musical treatment. From song lyrics to just questioning the sanity of the work itself, everyone seemed to have quite the take on William Carlos Williams’ infamous plums in the icebox poem. The main question, though, is why were there plums in the icebox at all? And why did someone put them there to save for breakfast?

Either way, Twitter had fun and didn’t exactly lighten up very quickly. They loved this poem and all the jokes they could make.

Because William Carlos Williams’ plums were just so sweet, so cold.

First, this user just didn’t want Jolene to eat her plums. Steal her man, that’s fine. Just not the plums.

But then, of course, there’s the initial telling your friend that you did, in fact, eat the plums.

And finally, the dreams this user had about a man and woman eating the plums while he was sick to his stomach. You know, because he’s the Mr. Brightside of plum loving.

People had all kinds of takes.

And they just couldn’t stop.

Overall, the memes are just incredible and yes, it is strange that suddenly a William Carlos Williams poem is back in the forefront of our minds. But this is Twitter after all.

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Jesse Williams Just Released the Blackest App Game You’ve Ever Played

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Jesse Williams is known for his social activism in the community and making headlining news for speeches like the one at the 2016 BET Awards during his acceptance of the Humanitarian of the Year Award. Right in line with his brand, Williams just released Blebrity, the blackest trivia app game you’ve ever played.

The game has several different categories including Music, Make ‘Em Say Ugghhh, Dance Moves, Soul Train Line, and Actin’ a Fool, I Can’t Take You Nowhere.

Black Enterprise caught up with Williams during the AfroTech conference this past weekend, where he made the official announcement.

You have been in the tech industry for a while now and people are just starting to hear about it, so tell me how you got involved. 

A few ways. It’s a new frontier right, and a lot of times new frontiers don’t make a lot of room for black and poor folks to have a real entry point and we have a real learning curve, a lot of catching up to do. When you enter something late, actually it reminds me of our history. If you’re lucky enough to go to college, maybe you’ll take an African American studies course once but, you’re already 19 years old whereas, everybody else, the majority of the population has been learning their history since birth, so you’re behind.

Ebroji

 

The tech world is like that or like the cannabis industry now, so we have to figure out ways to kind of overcompensate and be really good at each one teach one and lifting each other up, so I’ve just been trying to be a student. That started with diving into a cultural language extension tool called Ebroji. That was this GIF keyboard.

We saw that black folks on social media were driving culture, we drive the way everybody talks, dances, the trends, the way we speak, what trends on social media, seven of the top 10 trending topics. We don’t own anything, it’s not for us, it’s not by us, we don’t have any stock in it, they don’t employ us, so why do we have this middleman and why do we wait for corporate, kind of white pop-culture to validate us for us to exist, we already exist, so we decided to build something that included us.

Included our faces and bodies and we can use GIFs that have black/brown trends, gay/queer human beings expressing themselves. Expressing love, joy, passion, frustration, and it doesn’t have to be overtly political. It’s still political because we exist.

Scholly

 

I dove into a product called Scholly that connects students to over $ 80 million in scholarships. Education is a big passion of mine. I struggled to stay in school, every semester to come up with an extra six grand, four grand to stay in school. There are a lot of ways to push us out of education and money is a big part of that and we don’t have the generational wealth that many others do so, Chris Gray created this incredible product and I just threw my entire weight behind him backing the product. We do great work. We connect students and help keep them in school.

Blebrity

 

Most recently, I’m most excited right now about Blebrity, something simple, a game. We all love game night, we all love watching people have fun, we all love getting together. Nobody gets together and figures out a way to be an alchemist and make something out of nothing like black folks, but these games ain’t built for us and that’s fine. We’re not waiting around, waiting for you. “Can you please include me? Can you please maybe make us, can you please throw us a crumb?” We’re not with that. We’ll just build it ourselves.

Jesse Williams plays Blebrity with Tech Editor, Sequoia Blodgett (Image: Kadura Bellamy) Jesse Williams plays Blebrity with Tech Editor Sequoia Blodgett (Image: Kadura Bellamy)

 

Check out the hilarity of Blebrity live in action below and download it now in the app store.

(Videographer: Kadura Bellamy)

 

 

 

 

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Bling Bling! Serena Williams Shows Off Baby Alexis — And Her Massive Wedding Ring [Photo]

Serena Williams took to social media to share another cute photo of her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. — but it’s that massive bling that’s capturing everyone’s attention.

We’re not sure if it was intentional or an accidental slip, but Serena gave everyone their first glimpse of her gorgeous wedding band.

She captioned the photo: “Daddy knows how much I love leopard print.”

So cute!

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The Best Pics From Serena Williams’ Wedding

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We’re finally getting a peek inside Serena Williams‘ fairytale wedding, and it  is lovely!

Serena and her man Alexis Ohanian have finally tied the knot, and their wedding was nothing less than magical.

The couple had an unplugged wedding to prevent any social media leaks, but Vogue has been kind enough to share these shots from the wedding and reception!

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[GALLERY] Serena Williams’ Fairytale Wedding Photos Are Breathtaking

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A wedding fit for a princess! Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian are officially husband and wife and photos of their star-studded wedding will take your breath away.

Tennis champ Serena Williams tied the knot with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian Thursday in an intimate New Orleans ceremony. The new wife and mom of daughter Alexis Ohanian Jr. had a gorgeous “Beauty and the Beast” wedding theme, and asked for guests to “dress the part,” for the occasion. How fun! The couple’s guest list included the likes of Beyoncé; La La Anthony; Ciara; Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour; Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe, Eva Longoria, Caroline Wozniacki, Kelly Rowland; Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Lawson and husband Richard Lawson; model Selita Ebanks; Kim Kardashian and others. New Edition performed at the reception.

As previously reported, guests were banned from snapping photos on social media; Williams is providing wedding photos exclusively to Vogue. However, the couple, friends and fans were sure to take to social media to share a few photos from the wedding once the publication post the exclusive photo recap. Check out some amazing pics below and even more in the gallery above!

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Hypocrite? Wendy Williams Criticizes Kenya Moore Over Her ‘Fake’ Marriage

Wendy Williams is taking a dig at Kenya Moore’s marriage to Marc Daly, even though her own marriage is rumored to be rocky.

On a recent episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, Moore told her co-stars that her marriage is in trouble because her husband is living in New York while she remains in Atlanta. She also revealed that Daly is a private person and doesn’t want his personal life invaded by the media and Bravo’s cameras.

Wendy took advantage of Moore’s emotional moment by criticizing the ‘RHOA’ star for not having a real marriage.

“You live in Atlanta, your man lives in Brooklyn,” Williams stated. “If you want to have a real marriage, you have to be in the same town, in the same house, in the same bed.”

Williams doesn’t believe Moore is actually married and she thinks producers should kick Kenya off the show since she faking the funk and can’t handle the pressure.

Meanwhile, Radar reports that Wendy continues to deal with her own marital woes. Her husband, Kevin Hunter, was recently accused of cheating with a massage therapist named Sharina Hudson.

Although Williams hasn’t commented on Kevin’s alleged infidelity, an insider claims that she’s going through an identity crisis in the wake of her husband’s affair.

Meanwhile, industry insiders continue to whisper that Williams and her husband are going to be milking this fake storyline about the fake mistress for a while because they have a lucrative deal with Daily Mail and it’s spinoff TV news show to continue this storyline at least until the beginning of next year.

Do you believe it or nah?

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Nurse Alice: What We Can Learn From Wendy Williams’ Live TV Health Scare

Who was watching Wendy Williams on Halloween and gasped when she took a tumble? Although we were all relieved to see her be the trooper we know her to be and come back and finish the show—here are some important takeaways to consider.

First off, we love you, Wendy. We know the show must go on but please take care of yourself.

 

 

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Although I am not a part of Wendy’s healthcare team and don’t know her medical history, as a veteran advanced practice nurse and someone who has spent most of my career in critical care and now the emergency room—my first impression was OMG, is Wendy having a stroke? And many other people thought the same thing and here’s why …

We love Wendy and wish her well but just like the American Heart and Stroke Association, I want people to think F.A.S.T

Look for:

F – Face. Ask the person to smile to look for facial droop or asymmetry.

A – Arm. Ask the person to hold their arms out. Does one arm drift downward?

S – Speech. Ask the person to say a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

T – Time. If anyone displays these or other signs of stroke, call 911 immediately.

This is important because time is tissue. The more time that passes without treatment the more brain tissue is injured and increases the possibility of permanent damage. Strokes can present differently in people and we can’t predict their severity so the best thing is to call 911 and get medical attention.

So let’s be clear—I’m NOT diagnosing Wendy. And let’s be honest – EVERYONE who was watching was worried about what was happening and many people watching (even non-health professionals) had the same concerns that she was having a stroke because …

F – She had facial asymmetry. When you compared her eyes—the right side of her face stayed the same while the left was exaggerated in response.

A –  Although no one asked her to hold her arms out for drift. We know she had muscle weakness because she stumbled, raised one arm higher than the other when reaching for her head and ultimately was so weak she collapsed.

S – Her speech was slurred. She was talking just fine and then it changed. Instead of saying “our first guest” it came out as “our fursst caress.”

T – Time! The show went dark for a second but she came back to finish. Deep down I was hoping she was going to take the time off to get medical attention. We all would have understood.

When someone presents to the ED with symptoms of a stroke – health professionals work quickly as if it were a stroke until proven otherwise. And the reason is that we want to rule out the most serious cause FIRST. And then once a stroke is ruled out we can look into other things like being overheated, having low blood sugar, exhaustion, etc. If a stroke is identified right away there are timely interventions we can perform within a specific time frame. We look at presenting symptoms and confirm them with CT scans, MRIs, blood tests, and a more detailed physical and neurological assessment. There is also an important clot buster medication called TPA we can give within a 3-hour (sometimes 4.5- hour) window of symptom onset if it is, in fact, a stroke caused by a blood clot.

And for those who use the term mini-stroke because symptoms resolve, those are called TIAs (transient ischemic attacks). The risk factors and symptoms are similar to strokes, and symptoms resolve on their own but they are red flags that a person may have a stroke in the future. For more information about strokes and TIAs, please visit stroke.org.

Could it truly have been that Wendy was overheated in her costume (aka heat stroke)? Absolutely! But only her doctor would be able to clearly say that and after a medical work-up and further assessment. But even if you’ve been overheated in the past and pass out—that’s not healthy for you. And it also doesn’t make you exempt from having a stroke in the future so don’t always dismiss changes in your health to minor things.

The takeaway message here for people is: don’t just assume. If anyone presents with signs that could possibly be a stroke, please call 911. Act like their life depends on it. You’d want someone to act on your behalf if it were you. Your life and health are too important to dismiss unexplained health issues. Dehydration and overheating are real but wouldn’t you want to know for sure that you weren’t having a stroke? And if it was a stroke, wouldn’t you want to get to a hospital early enough so you could receive stroke saving medications and therapy? And even if it weren’t a stroke, you can rest assured of that and begin to work on whatever the cause was and work on preventing it from happening again. Listen to your body.

What do you think? Do you have some questions or want to make a comment? I’d love to hear from you. You can post them on Twitter or Facebook using #AskNurseAlice or email them to info@AskNurseAlice.com.

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Wendy Williams Opens Up on Her Fainting Spell: ‘It Was Really Scary’ [Video]

Wendy Williams had no choice but to address her fainting spell when she returned to ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ on Wednesday.

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“First of all. I was trending all day. Fabulous!” Williams, 53, said to thunderous applause. “A lot of people thought it was a joke. Me fainting on my set. You know I don’t want to fall. I’m a tall woman and it’s a long way down. I’m also a woman of a particular age and I’m not trying to break anything. I don’t stunts and jokes for you.”

As Williams detailed, the snafu happened 48 minutes into the show. She was wearing a Statue of Liberty costume and was being prepped by producers for the last segment of “The Wendy Williams Show.”

“I felt it as she was talking to me,” she added. “And all I could hear is ‘blah, blah, blah.’ And all I’m thinking is, ‘Wendy oh my gosh… I’m like alright Wendy. At least you’re wearing flats. I’m holding on to this [podium] and there’s only 12 more minutes of the show. You can do it girl!’”

She described being overtaken by a “hot” and “dizzy” feeling, adding, “The costume got hot. Right before passing out I felt like I was in the middle of a campfire.”

She continued, with tears in her eyes, “It was scary. Scary! It was really scary. All of I could think of though in the middle of scare, ‘Don’t pull the podium over on you because that’ll make for worse.’”

Williams also addressed online commenters who suggested she suffered a stroke or heart attack. “No, I had neither,” she said.

EMTs soon arrived backstage where she was evaluated. “The paramedics are in my office and they hooked me up to every EKG situation,” she said. “I was low on hydrogen — you know the water. Not just any water, electrolytes.” Her blood pressure and heart rate checked out fine, nor does she suffer any bumps, bruises or aches from her fall.

After being hydrated, Williams left for Jersey, but not before stopping off to greet more than 200 fans and paparazzi waiting to catch a glimpse.

“This is never going to happen again,” she vowed.

We hope not. Watch Wendy speak on it below.

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Did Wendy Williams Fire Staff Who Leaked Cheating Rumors About Her Husband?

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Wendy Williams reportedly shook up things behind the scenes at her daily show, allegedly firing members of her staff who she believed leaked cheating rumors about her husband, Kevin Hunter.

It all came to head when an explosive report alleged Hunter, who is also Williams’ manager, was carrying on a long-term relationship with a 32-year-old massage therapist named Sarina Hudson. The report also stated that Williams not only knew about the affair, but willingly shared her husband with Hudson.

Williams and Hunter have been married since 2007 and share a 17-year-old son named Kevin Jr.

Days later, Williams used her talk show to clear up the story while proudly sporting her large diamond wedding ring.

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An undisclosed source told entertainment blog The Jasmine Brand that Williams felt betrayed after the story leaked and immediately investigated where the story originated.

“She fired anyone who was connected to the story because it was not only fake, but it showed how disloyal they were to her. She can’t trust someone who would do that to her. She fired a number of her staff, including some producers,” the source said.

Williams is apparently unbothered by the rumor and will continue to stand by her man, the source states.

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Venus Williams is a superstar athlete known for making power moves both on and off the tennis court. At 37-years-old, she has earned an impressive seven Grand Slam titles, five Wimbledon singles titles, and four Olympic gold medals. Meanwhile, off the court, she’s racked up major endorsement deals and invested in multiple business ventures, which has helped her amass a net worth of $ 75 million.

 

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Williams has demonstrated keen business acumen throughout her career as a professional tennis player. She started her first business back in 2002, a commercial and residential interior design firm in Florida called V*Starr Interiors, which designed the set of the Tavis Smiley Show (PBS) and several luxury properties. In 2009, she and her sister, Serena, became the first African American women to obtain a stake in an NFL franchise after becoming part-owners of the Miami Dolphins. In 2011, Williams became a celebrity spokesperson and franchise owner of Jamba Juice. A year later, the tennis star re-launched EleVen, an athletic apparel line designed to empower women.

On Thursday, the tennis icon opened up about what it takes to be a champion on the field and in the field of business during the “Winning & Building Your Own Brand” session at New York Advertising Week. Here are a few of the gems that Williams shared about facing adversity and finding success in business.

 

Failure

 

Williams has faced several public disappointments and setbacks since she emerged as a tennis star at the age of 14. For instance, she was involved in a fatal car accident in June and in 2003, her half-sister and personal assistant, Yetunde Price, was shot and killed during a drive-by shooting. Although Williams did not directly address these controversies during the panel, she affirmed that the storms she’s faced in life have made her more resilient. “I’ve had some disasters, but they’ve made me stronger,” she said.

 


 

Passion

 

During the panel, Williams talked about when and how she discovered her passion for fashion. “I was trying to understand who I was outside of the court and what I loved. I found that I loved the arts and, at the time, I felt like I wanted to express myself through fashion.”

After earning an associate degree in fashion design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 2007, Williams says she “wanted to be able to express how I felt about fashion and how I felt about sports, and to find a way to give back what sports had given to me. And so that was encouraging people to move their body and to do something positive through pushing yourself physically. Because there is nothing like pushing yourself physically that just gives you all this satisfaction.”

 

Success

 

Although she is a world-renowned athlete, Williams says she measures her success in being happy and finding fulfillment. “The definition for success to me is living your dream…One of the most important things in life is to be fulfilled and live your dream.” She added, “If you’re living your dream, then there is excitement.”

 

 

Activism

 

In addition to advancing her three-decades-long tennis career and managing multiple businesses, Williams stands as a proponent for equality, especially for female athletes. She helped facilitate the WTA’s partnership with human rights group UNESCO, which promotes gender equality. She also invested in Ellevest, an online investment platform geared toward women empowerment. When asked about her activism during the session, Williams said she’s focused on educating more men about women’s rights.

“It’s about getting men on board. Because we have a lot of women who believe in gender equality, but we need men to believe in it just as equally.”

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Sources exclusively tell lovebscott.com that Porsha Williams and Marlo Hampton got into a MASSIVE blowout during the cast trip to Barcelona and Porsha got sent home early.

According to our source, Porsha and Marlo got into an argument and things escalated quickly when Porsha pointed an object in Marlo’s face.

Marlo then snatched the object from Porsha, which prompted her to LUNGE in Marlo’s direction.

Porsha didn’t touch Marlo, but security did break them up and Porsha had to be restrained before being escorted from the venue.

The ladies aren’t set to leave Barcelona until tomorrow, but Porsha was put on a flight yesterday.

It wouldn’t be a RHOA season without Porsha trying to fight someone.

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Wendy Williams Says She’s Not Ashamed Of Her Bikini Body


In preparation for her eponymous show’s upcoming 9th season starting tomorrow, September 18, Wendy Williams spoke to the media at her set in New York City to dish primarily about what to expect from the show.

Before you ask, yes, you best believe she was asked about those vacation snaps of her in a bikini on a beach in Barbados. And of course she had no problem at all discussing the issue. But first, what up with Season 9 of The Wendy Williams Show?

“The set is still the same. The seat covers are still the same. My ‘Hot Topics’ setup is still the same. It’s the same!” the 53-year-old host responded.

“But, I’m changing every year, because every year I feel more free and not tethered to this show. If you watch, you watch—I’m grateful. You don’t? Eh! I’m going home. I’m pulling my blinds up and going home. I am not as suffocated by my career as I used to feel.”

The show debuted in 2008, since then, Williams’ life “has moved in so many different ways,” she added. “That makes a looser lip. The looser I feel about myself, the more comfortable I am.”

Williams promised Season 9 will feature “more invisible cigarettes, more inappropriate questions and more ridiculousness, ’cause that is the Wendy Williams way.”

Oh yeah, here’s also this special somethin’ somethin’ from the mind of Wendy. She’s kicking off Season 9 in a big way — by lighting up the Empire State Building.

“I chose pink and purple, they literally gave me the color palettes to choose from.”

OK, now that we got that out-of-the-way, let’s talk about that vacay and those pics that everybody is speaking on. When asked how it went, she deadpanned:

“I don’t know. You tell me.”

C’mon Wendy, kill the fake indignation and cut to the chase. You know what the deal is.

“I’ve seen online people trying to diss my bikini body,” she said. “I got it goin’ on, honey! My belly is tight.”

In another interview she spoke about her assets or lack thereof. Of her figure, Williams notes she has “perky boobs and a flat belly, and if I got no behind, I can buy one like the rest of you all.”

“I don’t want front and back,” she adds of her body. “Like, I’m done with that. So, you know, I have a flat behind. I talk about it all the time. I’m shaped like a capital P… I can joke about myself before you ever joke with me.”

She said her and husband, Kevin Hunter, go on a “lovers’ holiday” at least twice a year. That means leaving their 17-year-old son at home.

“It’s just the two of us,” Williams explained. “We were there for seven days.”

Even with Hurricane Irma wreaking havoc nearby, Williams said it was sunny every day.

“I felt so guilty! Oh, my gosh! Oh, the guilt of it all!” she said. “I’m watching TV and seeing the hurricane. My parents live in Miami. My sister and my brother and their families live in Miami. They’re driving and sheltering and scattering around, and I’m lying on the beach [smoking my invisible cigarettes].”

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Wendy Williams wants you to know that she’s not sweating the criticism she’s received for some of her vacation pics.

The Internet was less than kind when pictures of Wendy enjoying a day on the beach surfaced on Twitter this week. Black Twitter roasted her.

So much shade might damage someone with thinner skin, but Wendy seemed positively unbothered in her response to bodyshamers. But Wendy seems to have just chalked it up to the nature of showbiz, and she even poked a little fun at herself. Besides, she’s been blasted about her beach pics before.

In a video she posted today on Instagram, Wendy can be seen floating around in the waters of Barbados and enjoying her surroundings.

“If you’re gonna live in a glass house…I’ll see you Monday and oh yes, I will talk about my beach body,” she wrote. “P.S. I never go in the water without a few floatation devices.”

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It’s clear that Wendy has heard the remarks about her body and she’s got some thoughts about, but she’s not interrupting her time off to address the matter.

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Maria Sharapova Opens Up About Serena Williams Rivalry in New Book

The head-to-head rivalry between Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams is fairly one-sided — Williams has won 19-of-21 overall matchups. But an autobiography by Sharapova released today might add some steam to a rivalry that's almost always been in Williams' favor.

The book,

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Country Star Don Williams Dies at 78

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Don Williams, an award-winning country singer with love ballads like “I Believe in You,” has died. He was 78.

A statement from his publicist Kirt Webster said he died Friday after a short illness.

Williams had 17 No. 1 hits before retiring in 2016. His mellow sound influenced a later generation of singers including Joe Nichols and Josh Turner and Keith Urban has said Williams drew him to country music.

Williams, nicknamed “the Gentle Giant,” had a rich voice, gentle delivery and storytelling style. He toured sparingly, did few media interviews and spent much of his time on his farm west of Nashville.

“It’s one of those blessings and curses kind of things,” Williams said in an interview with The Associated Press in 1994.”If you have the talent, it’s a blessing. But there’s times that … a lot of the prices that you have to pay to be a part of it is a curse. But as far as … the way people have responded to what I’ve done, there’s very few things in my life that I’ve done that come anywhere close to making you feel exhilarated and humbled and fulfilled and challenged and all that, all at the same time.”

His hits included “I Believe in You,” ”Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good,” ”You’re My Best Friend,” ”Some Broken Hearts Never Mend,” ”Till the Rivers All Run Dry” and “Back in My Younger Days.” At least one duet with Emmylou Harris made the charts, “If I Needed You” in 1981.

He was also popular overseas, touring in Europe and Africa and charting on British charts. Eric Clapton recorded his “We’re More Than Friends” and Pete Townshend redid his “Til the Rivers All Run Dry.”

“Don Williams offered calm, beauty, and a sense of wistful peace that is in short supply these days,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, in a statement Friday. “His music will forever be a balm in troublesome times. Everyone who makes country music with grace, intelligence, and ageless intent will do so while standing on the shoulders of this gentle giant.”

He won the Country Music Association’s awards for best male vocalist and best single for “Tulsa Time” in 1978.

During his performances, he often walked onstage carrying a cup of coffee, sat on a barstool, sang and chatted amiably with the audience.

Williams also appeared in the movies “W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings” and “Smokey and the Bandit II.”

“Farewell, the great Don Williams,” said Rosanne Cash on Twitter and quoted from “Good Ole Boys Like Me”: “‘Those Williams boys, they still mean a lot to me/ Hank & Tennessee.’ & Don, too.”

“One of the greatest to ever sing a country song,” wrote Rodney Atkins on Twitter. “I can’t write a song without thinking about Don Williams songs. #RIPDonWilliams.”

He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010, but missed the ceremony because he had bronchitis. His last studio album came out in 2014 and he was the subject of a tribute album this year that included performances of his hits by Lady Antebellum, Garth Brooks and Chris Stapleton.

Williams was born in Floydada, Texas, and spent the early part of his career in rock, country and folk groups. He was a founding member of the Pozo Seco Singers, then started a solo career in 1971. His first No. 1 hit was “I Wouldn’t Want to Live If You Didn’t Love Me” and 42 of his 46 singles landed on the top 10 from 1974 to 1991.


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Don Williams, the 78-year-old Country Music Hall of Famer known for his imposing stature as a “gentle giant,” has died, according to The Tennessean. Williams is known for hits like “Tulsa Time,” “Good Ol’ Boys Like Me,” and “It Must Be Love.” Further details were not immediately available.

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Serena Williams And Alexis Ohanian Welcome Baby Girl

Serena Williams can now add another accomplishment to her sterling resume: she’s a mother. The tennis champion and her fiancee, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian are now the proud parents of a baby girl, something Ohanian predicted on the Jimmy Kimmel Show.


Although multiple reports have said the baby is a 6 pound, 13 inch girl, neither Serena nor Ohanian have officially confirmed, not even via Reddit, which has been called the front page of the Internet. However, we can probably believe Beyoncè who congratulated Serena via Instagram.

And of course, there is Serena’s own sister, Venus, currently holding down the family career at the U.S. Open. People.com reports that she was asked about Serena minutes before stepping onto the court for her match tonight.

“Obviously I’m super excited. Words can’t describe,” Venus told ESPN.

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Serena Williams can now add another accomplishment to her sterling resume: she’s a mother. The tennis champion and her fiancee, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian are now the proud parents of a baby girl, something Ohanian predicted on the Jimmy Kimmel Show.


Although multiple reports have said the baby is a 6 pound, 13 inch girl, neither Serena nor Ohanian have officially confirmed, not even via Reddit, which has been called the front page of the Internet. However, we can probably believe Beyoncè who congratulated Serena via Instagram.

And of course, there is Serena’s own sister, Venus, currently holding down the family career at the U.S. Open. People.com reports that she was asked about Serena minutes before stepping onto the court for her match tonight.

“Obviously I’m super excited. Words can’t describe,” Venus told ESPN.

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Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant recited his "Dear Basketball" poem alongside legendary film composer John Williams and his orchestra Friday at the Hollywood Bowl.

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Jesse Williams Accused Of Violent Rages By Ex

Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams has been labelled a rage-fuelled individual with poor parenting skills who maintains a ‘revolving door’ of women and exposed his children to a terrifying road rage incident in which he threatened to kill a neighbor.

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The messiness continues on in the custody battle between Jesse Williams and Aryn Drake-Lee.

According to new divorce documents obtained by TMZ, Aryn is now seeking full custody of their children after accusing her estranged husband of having rage issues and exposing their children to a “revolving door” of women.

Drake-Lee said in her latest filing that the “Grey’s Anatomy” star’s behavior is taking a toll on their kids, TMZ reported.

She further suggests that since their separation, her soon-to-be ex-husband exposed the children to at least one lover, if not more.

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She’s hopeful that the judge will rule in her favor, prohibiting Williams, 35, from introducing any romantic partners to Sadie, 3, and Maceo, 2, until they’ve been dating for six months or more.

Regarding his rage, Williams’ wife of more than 10 years reportedly claims the actor was recently involved in a road rage incident with his neighbor. According to TMZ, Drake-Lee said Jesse went off after his neighbor gave him the middle finger. She reportedly claimed Jesse “aggressively pursued him in his car” with both children inside and allegedly threatened to kill the person.

In July, Williams addressed rumors that he “threw away” his marriage in favor of a relationship with Minka Kelly on Jay-Z’s mini-documentary, “Footnotes for 4:44.”

“All of a sudden, mother f—– are writing think pieces that I somehow threw away a 13-year relationship – like, the most painful experience I’ve ever had in my life, like with a person I’ve loved with all of my heart, that I threw a person and my family in the trash because a girl I work with is cute,” Williams said, referencing his rumored girlfriend.

According to ET Online, who broke the news of Williams and Drake-Lee’s divorce, the pair cited “irreconcilable differences” as their reason for parting ways.

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