Serena Williams is to be protected by any means necessary. She is a national Black treasure--but of course, this is nothing new.
Since she won the U.S. Open title in 1999, Williams has exemplified the epitome of all things Black. She never ever disappoints.
Not only has she won 23 Grand Slam singles titles and is 22nd among the best tennis players in the world, but she is also a phenomenal woman; a superhuman of sorts.
She transcended athletics and became an icon in her own right. When faced with body-shaming, she stood alongside Queen Bey, whipped her hair and twerked that azz to the haters.
Serena Williams embodies every aspect of such a title and then some. Who you know do it better? I’ll wait, but I won’t hold my breath.
Here are a few nuggets to prove our point
Serena sported braids in unlikely spaces: on the tennis asphalt and at the royal wedding.
Braids & Beauty
Packing 200 lbs of solid muscle and voluptuous lady bumps, her black body f***s up conventional standards of Black beauty.
She and her sister Venus opened the Yetunde Price Resource Center, a community center in Compton named after their oldest sister who was the victim of a drive-by shooting in 2013.
Not only has William’s spoken out against gun violence, she knows Black Lives Matter.
After making a profound statement on the gender pay gap in an interview with Melissa Harris-Perry, Williams went on to pen a thoughtful essay on the topic for Fortune magazine.
A True Womanist
Williams beat the brakes off longtime rival Maria Sharapova in the 2016 Australia Open. Three months later, she announced she was 20 weeks pregnant.
Williams was asked if she minded being the one everyone wants to beat. Unbothered, she answered: “That’s what makes me great. I play everyone at their greatest. So I have to be greater.”
Following a foot surgery in 2011, Williams suffered bilateral pulmonary embolism, blood clots traveled to her lungs and she could have lost her life. This life-threatening condition made her high-risk throughout her pregnancy.
Postpartum, Williams had shortness of breath and coughing spells which made her suspicious of a recurring issue. She had to convince the medical staff to give her a CT scan. A hematoma was found in her abdomen.
Every superhero needs an outfit and Williams always comes ready to serve.
Call it transcendent, call it divine, but don’t ever call it a comeback!