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Serena Williams Sports Illustrated’s Person of the Year

Serena Williams is on the cover of Sports Illustrated as their “Sportsperson of the Year”.

Looking sexy, sultry, and in great shape, Serena destroys many stereotypes about women, and black women in sports.

Sports Illustrated announced Serena Williams as its sportsperson of the year on Monday, and some people seem to be upset about it.

They wanted  American Pharoah. American Pharoah  is not just any horse. He is horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. And he won the magazine’s readers’ poll for the award.

However…Sports Illustrated has not awarded the honor to anything but a person since the inception of the magazine in 1954, including great horses like Secretariat, Seattle Slew, or Affirmed..

Williams won 53 of the 56 matches she played this year, including three of the four Grand Slam events, and held the No. 1 spot in the WTA rankings every week.

Sports Illustrated’s Christian Stone pointed out that the 34-year-old Williams was also recognized for career achievements, which include 21 Grand Slam titles, as well as something that goes beyond sports.

“We are honoring Serena Williams too for reasons that hang in the grayer, less comfortable ether, where issues such as race and femininity collide with the games,” Stone wrote. “Race was used as a cudgel against Williams at Indian Wells in 2001, and she returned the blow with a 14-year self-exile from the tournament. She returned to Indian Wells in ’15, a conciliator seeking to raise the level of discourse about hard questions, the hardest ones, really.”

Past recipients of the award include Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali and Billie Jean King, while the last individual female athlete chosen was track star Mary Decker in 1983.

GO Serena! You are looking good, but I am not sure what the picture has to do with tennis….

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Posted by on December 14, 2015 in Giant Negros


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James Blake, Former Tennis Star…Standing While Black

Tennis Star James Blake, slammed to the ground outside a Grand Hyatt while texting on his phone…

Yeah…It’s only about the murder of Michael Brown.

EXCLUSIVE: James Blake, former tennis star, slammed to ground and handcuffed outside midtown hotel by white NYPD cops who mistook him for ID theft suspect

Former tennis great James Blake was slammed to the ground, handcuffed and detained by five plainclothes city cops Wednesday outside his midtown hotel before heading out to the U.S. Open, Blake told the Daily News.

The officers, who were all white, mistook Blake for a suspect in an identity theft ring operating around the midtown hotel.

The incident occurred around noon in front of the Grand Hyatt on East 42 St., as Blake, a 35-year-old African-American who attended Harvard before going on tour, was waiting for a car to take him to Flushing Meadows, where he was making corporate appearances for Time-Warner Cable.

“It was definitely scary and definitely crazy,” said Blake, who was once ranked No. 4 in the world and was among the most popular U.S. players of his generation. He suffered a cut to his left elbow and bruises to his left leg.

Asked if he considered it a case of racial profiling, Blake said, “I don’t know if it’s as simple as that. To me it’s as simple as unnecessary police force, no matter what my race is. In my mind there’s probably a race factor involved, but no matter what there’s no reason for anybody to do that to anybody.

“You’d think they could say, ‘Hey, we want to talk to you. We are looking into something. I was just standing there. I wasn’t running. It’s not even close (to be okay). It’s blatantly unnecessary. You would think at some point they would get the memo that this isn’t okay, but it seems that there’s no stopping it.”

Blake said he had just answered a few questions from a writer for a tennis magazine and was texting when he looked up and saw someone in shorts and a T-shirt charging at him, splitting the doorman outside the Hyatt, an official hotel for the U.S. Tennis Association.

“Maybe I’m naïve, but I just assumed it was someone I went to high school with or something who was running at me to give me a big hug, so I smiled at the guy,” Blake said. Blake said the officer, who he said was not wearing a badge, picked him up and threw him down on the sidewalk, yelled at him to roll over on his face and said, “Don’t say a word.”

Blake said he responded, “I’m going to do whatever you say. I’m going to cooperate. But do you mind if I ask what this is all about?”

An officer said, “We’ll tell you. You are in safe hands.”

Said Blake, “I didn’t feel very safe.”

Blake said several other officers rushed up to join the first officer, eventually five cops in all surrounding him. He said he was told he had been identified by two people as someone who had been involved in an identity-theft ring operating in the area for the last week.

Blake arrived in the city early Wednesday morning, taking the redeye form his home in San Diego, where he lives with his wife and young children. He told the cops to look at his license, in his left front pocket, and his Open credential, in his back pocket.

After being handcuffed for about 15 minutes, Blake said the last of the five officers realized they had the wrong person and apologized. The first officer who tackled and cuffed him never said anything.

Known for his charitable and community-centered work throughout his career, Blake just last week announced he was running the New York City Marathon to raise money for cancer research.


Posted by on September 9, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter, Domestic terrorism


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Does Wembledon Have a Secret “R”?

Serena Williams Wimbledon 2008 - 2.jpgWhat’s the deal here? The Queen of England deigns to visit Wembledon for the first time in 33 years…

And they pull arguably the best Women’s tennis player in the world, reigning Wimbledon Singles Champion,  3 time Wembledon Champ, and 12 time Grand Slam Champion…  Off the court…

And replace her with a nobody?

And as well as the Queen got on with Michelle Obama earlier this year…

It “ain’t” the Queen making this call.

It’s not only an insult to Venus Williams… It’s an insult to the Queen.

Wimbledon Does Serena Royal Disservice

(or the Queen of England visits Wembledon, only to be presented with a backbencher.)

WIMBLEDON, England — This is an insult. Serena Williams was even practicing her curtsy in preparation for playing tennis in front of the Queen, who will attend Wimbledon Thursday for the first time in 33 years.

It’s a special moment for a special tournament, but the most special women’s player going Thursday, Williams, was pushed out to Court 2. The Queen will be watching at Centre Court.

This is just wrong. And I can’t stand it when players grumble about the indignity of being put out on far away courts, as if they deserve more. But this time, with the Queen coming in, court placement matters. And Serena Williams deserves the honor.

To move the best player in the world and defending champion who, with her sister Venus, has dominated Wimbledon for a decade, is not an accident. It is a message, but I don’t know, and am even a little afraid of, what that message is. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 24, 2010 in Giant Negros


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