Tennis Star Serena Williams Classic Snapback At John McEnroe

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Serena has proven once again that she is not here for the nonsense.

Old timer (Lol) Tennis Pro John McEnroe, 58, told NPR that Serena would be “like No. 700 in the world” if she competed on the men’s tennis circuit.

Uh Oh, no you didn’t. Williams let him know exactly how she felt about the comment.

You always have one that will try you. And apparently her fans agreed.

McEnroe did however, acknowledge that Serena is an “incredible player,” but that he doesn’t think that she would fare well against the men. 

Following the backlash McEnroe received, he had this to say:

“I felt the need, however unfortunately, to defend myself and say what I really felt, which is about what I think she would be,” The Sydney Morning Herald quoted McEnroe as saying.

“I’ve got a solution. Solve the problem, and I’m sure the men would be all for this – the men and women play together. And then we don’t have to guess.”

When asked if he would like apologize for his comments, the tennis legend said was emphatic in his response.

“No. I didn’t know it would create controversy. I’ve said this 1000 times. I don’t want anything to go wrong with Serena because she’s pregnant. I don’t want to upset her,” he said.

“I think she’s doing it tongue in cheek as well and I think deep down we’re talking about something… I can’t even believe we’re talking about it,” he added.

John, you sound like bitter grapes. One things for certain Serena is the “Best female player ever – no question.”

See The Man (And The Rock) That Stole Comedian Steve Harvey’s Step-Daughter’s Heart 

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It’s June. Love is in the air. And the jewelry stores must be keeping busy selling diamonds. As in diamond engagement rings that is.

Lori Harvey, (who happens to be the step-daughter of Comedian Steve Harvey and her mother Marjorie Harvey), happily accepted a humongous diamond engagement ring from her now fiancé Memphis Depay.

And Lori was oh so happy to share a picture of her ring via Snapchat.

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Depay, is a Dutch soccer player, who plays for French team Olympique Lyonnais as well as his native national team.

Depay. 23. proposed to Harvey, 20, while vacationing in LA. The proposal was done romantically on the beach. And we can tell by the photos that she was truly surprised and happy.

Prior to popping the question Depay posted a video on social media.

Right after the engagement, Steve took to social media as well to announce the exciting event

Congratulations to the happy couple and to Steve and Marjorie as well.

Depay couldn’t have said it any simpler and loving than this.

Crime Watch: Emmett Till Still Can Not Rest In Peace

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Emmett Till was a 14 year old Black young man that was kidnapped, brutalized and murdered in 1955 for allegedly whistling at a white woman. 

Emmett Louis Till, 14, with his mother, Mrs. Mamie Bradley, at Christmas in 1954.

Carolyn Bryant Donham has since admitted to a Duke University research scholar in 2007, that she made up her accusations against Till.

Carolyn Bryant in 1955. (Gene Herrick / AP)

Sixty two years later and Till still can not Rest In Peace. For the second time in 9 months, someone has vandalized a historical marker dedicated to his young man.

The Jackson, Mississippi marker had been scratched with a blunt tool in May, removing the vinyl panels off the back that contained photos and words about the 14-year-old.

The discovery was made by a tourist group according to Allan Hammons, whose public relations firm made the marker.

The sign was erected in 2011, as part of the Mississippi Freedom Trail, a state funded project that marked significant civil rights sites across Mississippi. 

It stands outside the very store, Bryant’s Grocery & Meat Market, where Carolyn Bryant, a white shopkeeper, said Till had whistled at her in August 1955. 

Bryant’s husband and his half brother were responsible for kidnapping Till, torturing and killing him.

Roy Bryant, left, and John W. Milam during their trial in Sumner, Miss., Sept. 23, 1955.

The men were acquitted by an all-white jury, though the men later confessed in a Look magazine interview.

The marker cost more than $8,000 to make and will cost at least $500 to repair. 

In October, the sign marking the site where Till’s body was found in the Tallahatchie River was found sprayed with bullet holes.

This undated photo shows a sign marking the spot where Emmett Till’s body was found in Mississippi on Aug. 31, 1955 (Emmett Till Interpretive Center)

Why can’t the people of Jackson, Mississippi allow this young man and his family who are still grieving, Rest In Peace and Solitude.

Some people are just so evil!

UPDATE: If you want to contribute to the restoration of the side see below.

Love & Hip Hop: Did Kirk Frost Serve Separation Papers To Rasheeda In Front Of Their Kids?

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Last night on Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, Kirk handed his estranged wife Rasheeda separation papers…..but he did it in front of the kids when this was suppose to be “family time.”

Kirk tried to explained that he had Rasheeda’s best interest at heart, by not allowing Jasmine, his alleged baby momma, to be able to to dip into Rasheeda’s pockets for them child support coins.

But Rasheeda looked quite confused as to why he was giving her these papers now? When previously, he was 100% on board for that DNA test.

How ever it was suppose to play out, it backfired. The move stunned Rasheeda, when he sprung it on her while she was enjoying a trip away with her kids Karter and Ky Frost and her mom Shirleen.

Momma Shirleen doesn’t trust it and is suspicious of Kirk’s actions. She thinks this is just another way for Kirk to snake out of taking the test.

We will all see how this plays out on next weeks Love & Hip Hop Atlanta Finale.

Crime Watch: How Did Sherry Johnson Become A Mother At 10 And Bride At 11?

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Sherry Johnson’s childhood was a never ending nightmare that no child should have to bear.

At age 10, Johnson was raped and impregnated, then forced to marry her rapist at just 11 years old.

Johnson, 57, sat down with 10News Reporter Liz Crawford to talk about how in 1971, she was a child bride in Florida.

Johnson explained that she moved to Tampa at age 5 with her mom, who was following their church’s expansion. 

They lived in an apartment attached to her church in Tampa, where the deacon had keys. And when he would wander and use those keys he would end up in her room Johnson recalls.

Johnson was repeatedly raped and she never uttered one single word to anybody. But it didn’t take long for the secret to be exposed.

During a conversation with her mom one day after school, “I remember being in the car, I remember that white Dodge car, and it had blue interior, and she said, ‘You fixing to have a baby.’”

Johnson didn’t know what being pregnant meant. And with that, her mother sent her to Miami to have the baby in 1970.

Johnson remembered adults around her talking about her marrying her attacker.

“If we’re going to still have sex, then we have to get married. Well, who said we were going to continue to have sex? I didn’t know anything about that, but I remember them talking about it,” explained Johnson.

Initially, court officials in Hillsborough County refused to issue a marriage license, but Johnson’s mom took her to Pinellas County and that judge signed off. And on March 19, 1971, at the courthouse in Clearwater, Sherry Johnson was legally married to her rapist.

She was 11 and her groom was 20 years old.

Her life as a child bride became hell on earth. Her marriage was a living hell.

“We didn’t really talk that much, I was there for sex only. We didn’t have conversations.”

“It was a terrible life,” Johnson recalls, recounting her years as a child raising children. She missed school and remembers spending her days changing diapers, arguing with her husband and struggling to pay expenses. She ended up with pregnancy after pregnancy nine children in all, while her husband periodically abandoned her.

“They took the handcuffs from handcuffing him,” she says, referring to the risk he faced of arrest for rape, “to handcuffing me, by marrying me without me knowing what I was doing.”

In 1978, Johnson filed for divorce. She was 18 years old.

Life is different for Johnson now. She went through years of therapy and wrote a book, but there’s no happy ending here. 

The law that allowed her to get married at age 11 still exists today.

Johnson is hoping that in telling her story  the law will be changed.

“That’s why I won’t stop. That’s why I’m going to do everything I possibly can that no one has to go through this. It’s not fair. It’s not right and we shouldn’t allow it to happen.”

The current law in Florida allows underage girls to get married when a child or pregnancy is involved. In those cases, it’s up to the judge’s discretion to issue a marriage license regardless of age.

Fraidy Reiss, who founded Unchained at Last, a group to help fight forced marriage and child marriage, says many girls are bullied by their parents into marriage. The girls may feel powerless and fearful of telling a judge that they don’t want to wed. If they try to flee an abusive marriage, they are turned away from shelters and may be treated as simple runaways.

Some judges and clerks intervene on behalf of young girls; others do not. Reiss says one clerk told a 16-year-old bride: “Don’t cry. This is supposed to be the happiest day of your life.”

“For almost all of them,” says Reiss, “marriage means rape on their wedding night and thereafter.”

Reiss, 42, says she was forced into a marriage at age 19 by her ultra Orthodox Jewish family.

Lyndsy Duet, a school counselor in Texas was forced into a marriage at 17 after enduring a series of rapes beginning when she was 14, by a young man her conservative Christian family had taken into the house. 

“He asked my parents if he could marry me,” Duet remembers. “My mom was crying, she was so happy.”

They were married eight years before she fled her violent marriage. Once, her husband threatened her with a chain saw, and it was only when she went to college on her own, that she was able to escape.

Just recently, the governors of Texas and New York signed bills to end most child marriage. 

In New York, the bill still allows 17 year olds to marry with judicial review. The Texas bill still allows minors to marry if they are legally emancipated from their parents.

In 26 states, the law does not specify any minimum age for marriage.

In fact, more than 167,000 young people age 17 and under married in 38 states between 2000 and 2010, according to a search of available marriage license data by a group called Unchained at Last, which aims to ban child marriage. The search turned up cases of 12-year-old girls married in Alaska, Louisiana and South Carolina, while other states simply had categories of “14 and younger.”

The United States has denounced child marriage in other countries as a “human rights abuse that contributes to economic hardship,” in the words of a State Department document published last year.

What about the young girls here? Child marriages that are deemed “devastating” in Niger and Afghanistan, are just as devastating here in the United States.

The legislators in New York and Florida need to end child marriage right here at home!

If you’re interested in reading more about Johnson’s ordeal, her book “Forgiving the Unforgivable” can be found on Amazon.

Fashion Break: Check Out Serena Williams On The Cover Of Vanity Fair


Tennis phenom Serena Williams joins the ranks of Demi Moore, Cindy Crawford and other starlets who posed have all posed NWP (Naked While Pregnant).

@vanityfair texture #annielebowitz Must read article. Link in bio

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Absolutely stunning.

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Showing that pregnancy is beautiful, other celeb mothers who have posed nude or nearly there are:

Beyonce 

Alanis Morrisette

Cindy Crawford


Kim Kardashian

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Claudia Schiffer

German Vogue 2010

Model Behati Prinsloo

Photo: Courtesy of Behati Prinsloo / @behatiprinsloo

Marisa Miller

Allure 2012

Pregnancy is a beautiful thing and I salute all the women who prove everyday that you can be a Mom and have a successful career.  

Here’s to “2017 Year of the Woman”

Twitter Critics Say Chadwick Boseman is “Too Dark” To Play Thurgood Marshall 

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My people seem to be still locked in a war between “light skin and dark skin.”

There seems to be a load of what I call “self haters” on Twitter that feel Boseman is a few shades too dark to play Marshall, believing the former SCOTUS judge’s “light-skinned privilege” was fundamental to his advancement.

They are even trying to compare the role of Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone where they basically “black faced” Saldana.

Yes we are well aware that Marshall’s “light skin” afforded him opportunities that a darker skin black man would not have had.

But c’mon are we really going to use “reverse colorism” as our excuse for why Boseman shouldn’t play the role?

I’m gonna need for you guys to just take a seat at the table and pray on it.

Smh

LaLa Anthony Tells Talk Show Host Wendy Williams She Has Not Filed For Divorce

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LaLa Anthony checked into the Wendy Williams show to dish on the new season of Power.

Of course Wendy couldn’t let the opportunity pass to ask LaLa if a divorce from her NBA Baller husband Carmelo Anthony was in her future.

“Not right now. I’m not,” she said. “You know, marriages are tough. You know that, we all know that. It’s filled with ups and downs and we’re just going through a time right now, but him and I are the best of friends and our No. 1 commitment is to our son Kiyan. We have to set an example to Kiyan and that’s what’s most important to me.”

I bet Wendy had a lot to say about that “in her mind.” 

“How You Doin?”

NBA Baller Carmelo Anthony’s Heartfelt Birthday Message to His Estranged Wife LaLa Anthony 

BET AWARDS 2017 💎💎

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We’ve seen LaLa Anthony bloom over the past couple of weeks like a new butterfly since her public breakup from her NBA baller husband.

Melo took to Instagram to share a special message to La La celebrating her 38th birthday at the BET Awards.

The couple separated this April after seven years of marriage. 

We hope they can work everything out, but it looks like our girl is having waaaay too much fun.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!! 💋🎂💋

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Unreal: Black Kid’s Life In Danger…For Walking Across Someone’s Lawn

Please take a look and send this viral.

So this is what happens when you walk on someone’s grass. My little cousin is damn near killed. This guy is a LANSING POLICE OFFICER and our family can’t get anywhere filing a report on him. I reed FB to share and share this needs to go VIRAL!! I’m sick of walking while black being a problem! As you can hear his friend videoing is not black but he’s not being harassed!!

 

Totally ludicrous!