Serena, like many successful women, is burdened with the responsibility of being both preternatural and marketable, miraculous in talent but accessible to the masses. She is asked to defy the laws of physics, put on displays of athletic ingenuity, but also comport herself like she is at the local country club.
The presidential debates have captured our attention because a reality show star is leading in the polls. Donald Trump isn't only a smart business man, he's also a great entertainer. He's a straight shooter. If you see a fight in the works, you've got an instant news hook.
Nearly every year the U.S. Open Tennis Championships seem to offer some remarkable match, a stunning upset, or tennis at an extremely high level. This year it showcased all three. Another peculiarity is that some of the wildest and best tennis arrives between midnight and 1:30 a.m.
If you hear someone say, "Oh no she didn't," you have an instant news hook. Today, many people are saying that about Kim Davis being compared to Rosa Parks.
I love Serena Williams. She's bold. She's beautiful. And she's pretty much the best in the world at what she does. But like most Black women, being the best doesn't mean she's paid like it.
Their achievements in the sport, as black athletes who defied the odds, already merits their classification as living legends in their own right. Yet as the eyes of a nation watched with intense interest, and as their fingers tweeted every development in real time, one of the sisters stood poised to reach a rare historic feat with a U.S. Open championship this year.
Speaking straight takes courage. It takes strength. That's sexy. That's real intimacy. Share with others - especially media friends who influence many - what you think makes up real intimacy, courage and strength.Then we'll all benefit from your insights. Have the strength to share.
The Forbes list of the world's highest-paid female athletes was recently released, and to nobody's surprise, tennis players claimed most of the spots. Let's take a look at the top seven female tennis players in terms of earnings.
She has been unquestionably the most dominant player in her era, arguably of any era, but she has been largely without a rival.
All of us celebrate when a woman is accomplished and awarded for her talent and skill and determination. It raises all of us up when we see women who are at the top of their game rise to the challenge and be rewarded for it.
Nicole R. Fleetwood calls her latest book On Racial Icons: Blackness and the Public Imagination, "an act of love." But readers may end up referring to it as tough love.
I am so sick of the scrutinizing of female athletes and whether or not they are feminine, whether they can be both feminine and athletic, and all the rest of that tired, sexist, clueless, despicable BS. Heads-up: Athleticism is not gendered.
As members of the Black community, Andre Leon Tally and Laverne Cox represent a microcosm of the ways in which we allow Black women and girls to be slaughtered both physically and mentally without pushback.
Billie Jean King was lobbying for comparable prizes for men's and women's tennis competitions in the early 1970s. Yet, here we are in 2015, and the women soccer players took home 5.7 percent of what the guys did.
Sophie Sills is a 22 year-old student from Auckland, New Zealand. Queer, and a long-time footballer, as part of her Master of Arts in Psychology Sophie is conducting a study on if and how being LGBTQ affects players' experiences of playing women's sport. I interviewed her for Impolitikal.com.
Serena Williams just won her 20th Grand Slam tennis tournament. This amazing performance has her following in the footsteps of some tennis women greats who came before her. Match the woman with her accomplishment.