Serena Williams is quitting tennis

Serena Williams, arguably the greatest female tennis player ever — if not the greatest female athlete ever — has announced that she is going to step away from the game that made her a household name. Williams, 41, broke the news to her 15 million Instagram followers that the time has come to discover the […]

Saniyya Sidney reflects on playing Venus Williams and working with Will Smith

Saniyya Sidney is only 15 years old but has the poise of someone far beyond her years. After landing a role in the 2016 film Fences, Sidney returned to the silver screen with the daunting task of portraying Venus Williams in King Richard. The film, which stars Academy Award-winning Will Smith, shows an intimate look […]

Filmmaker apologizes for disrespecting Venus and Serena at awards show

It’s one thing to learn from the media that you’ve been disrespected. It’s quite another thing altogether when someone does so face-to-face and live at the podium at an awards show. Oscar-nominated movie director Jane Campion turned what was supposed to be a celebratory night at the Critics Choice Awards into a cringeworthy moment for […]

Naomi Osaka sobs after being heckled at Indian Wells

If Indian Wells sounds familiar to you, it is because this sports event has become more notorious in recent years instead of the prestigious tennis tournament that it is. Four-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka, 24, was reduced to tears after she was heckled at Indian Wells in Southern California on Saturday, March 12, 2022. […]

Serena and Venus Williams’ nephew reportedly died by suicide

One of the estranged nephews of Venus and Serena Williams has reportedly died by suicide. Alphonse Williams was 21 years old. Alphonse Williams reportedly took his own life on Feb. 3, 2022, not long after his diagnosis of Peyronie’s disease, a condition that causes the curvature of the penis, according to The Sun. A third […]

Pharrell Williams, Marc Jacobs and more give tributes to the late Virgil Abloh

The 41-year-old fashion muse Virgil Abloh has tragically died, following a secret battle with a rare form of cancer. The designer was best known as artistic director of Louis Vuitton – a role which saw him make history when he took over from Kim Jones in 2018, as the first African-American to helm a luxury […]

Will Smith releases teaser for ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ reboot (video)

November is turning out to be the month of Will Smith, who released his memoir Will and returned back to the box office with the hit film King Richard, which is centered on the father of famous tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams. For his latest hattrick, Will went back to his television roots and released […]

Serena Williams won’t push her daughter to follow in her footsteps

Serena Williams won’t push her daughter to follow in her footsteps. The 40-year-old tennis legend shares 4-year-old Alexis with her husband Alexis Ohanian, and even though they spent time together on the tennis court together amid the coronavirus lockdown, Williams won’t pressure her daughter to emulate her achievements. She said: “I have no interest in […]

Beyoncé drops track for ‘King Richard’ biopic unexpectedly

Beyoncé surprised fans with the release of the new song “Be Alive” on Friday, Nov 12. The 40-year-old megastar sent the BeyHive wild when the track was uploaded to YouTube. The feisty number was recorded for Will Smith’s new film King Richard, and a preview had appeared in a recent trailer for the biographical flick, […]

Serena Williams calls the making of ‘King Richard’ a surreal experience

Serena Williams found making King Richard to be a “surreal” experience. The 40-year-old tennis star and her sister Venus, 41, have both been heavily involved with the movie — which explores their rise in the sporting world and the influence of their dad, Richard Williams — and Serena has relished the experience of developing the […]

Venus Williams praises Naomi Osaka, Simone Biles for honesty about struggles

Venus Williams came to the defense of fellow tennis icon Naomi Osaka and Olympic gymnastics legend Simone Biles after both athletes took temporary hiatuses from their respective sports due to debilitating anxiety. Writing an op-ed piece for The New York Times, the 41-year-old hardcourt legend praises Osaka, Biles and all-time Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps for […]

Kamau Murray makes history as 1st black promoter of Chicago Tennis Festival

Professional tennis has skyrocketed in popularity among urbanites in the modern era, with a lot of credit appropriated to the meteoric rise of Serena and Venus Williams and the current charismatic prodigy Coco Gauff. XS Tennis founder Kamau Murray, who coached another African American female, Sloane Stephens, to a Grand Slam title in 2017, has […]

‘King Richard’ features Will Smith embodying the force behind Venus and Serena

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The King Richard trailer features Will Smith embodying the man who would will his daughters into the greatest tennis players of our time. Starring Will Smith in the titular role, the film chronicles the life of Richard Williams, father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams. The first look trailer, which premieres today, July 28, […]

Serena Williams has ‘reasons’ for pulling out of Tokyo Olympics

Serena Williams officially announced that she is pulling out of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The 23-time Grand Slam winner told an assemblage of international media in Wimbledon, England, that there are a variety of reasons that informed her decision to no longer participate. “There’s a lot of reasons that I made my Olympic […]

Venus Williams defends Naomi Osaka with scorching rebuke of media (video)

Venus Williams torched the assembled media masses at the French Open on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, while throwing a cloak of protection around fellow tennis giant Naomi Osaka. The 40-year-old tennis legend was responding to questions regarding the shocking withdrawal of current superstar Osaka due to her admitted bouts with depression. Osaka was lambasted by […]

Venus Williams unveils new K-Swiss sneakers and workout apparel (photos)

Tennis champion Venus Williams continues to make her mark in the fashion industry as well and recently reconnected with K-Swiss for the launch of her new activewear line called the “Glow Up” collection. The capsule of clothing includes leggings, shorts, jackets, and hoodies and is the second pairing of the classic tennis shoe company with […]

Venus Williams advocates for clean air with ‘WELL Health-Safety Seal Campaign’

Tennis Champion Venus Williams is arguably one of the most accomplished and inspiring women in the history of sports. Her accomplishments include seven Grand Slam titles, five Wimbledon championships and four Olympic gold medals. In addition to being a champion on the court, she’s also a champion off the court, including being an entrepreneur, a […]

Bob Marley’s family green-lights biopic with Paramount

The biopic on the life of reggae legend Bob Marley has finally gotten the green light after Paramount announced this week that Reinaldo Green will direct the project. Marley’s widow Rita and two of his children, Ziggy and Cedella, will serve as producers of the film along with Robert Teitel. Ziggy spoke with Deadline about […]