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All hail, Queen Serena!

Sports Illustrated has crowned Serena Williams “Sportsperson of the Year” and rightfully so. After dominating the world of tennis in 2015 (and practically every year since she’s been pro) Williams was honored with the prestigious title and given the cover of the mag.

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In case you missed it, this year Serena’s record was an astounding 53-3. The tennis champ also sought the ever elusive calendar grand slam but fell short in the semi-finals of the U.S. Open. But if you know anything about Serena, then you know never to count her out. Ms. Williams says she be back at it again. Take a look at her interview below.

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FASHION

Lupita Nyong’o Slams Magazine For Editing Out Her Kinks & Coils

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When will these magazines learn…

Lupita Nyong’o just checked Grazia UK for brazenly altering her hair to remove any trace of kink, coil or wave. The magazine had invited the stunning actress to grace the cover of their November issue, but when the photo hit the ‘net there was one thing missing … Nyong’o’s natural ponytail.

In a lengthy IG post, Lupita let’s them have it, stating in part, “Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfills me as it is an opportunity to show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are. I am disappointed that @graziauk invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like.”

Read the full post below:

As I have made clear so often in the past with every fiber of my being, I embrace my natural heritage and despite having grown up thinking light skin and straight, silky hair were the standards of beauty, I now know that my dark skin and kinky, coily hair are beautiful too. Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfills me as it is an opportunity to show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are. I am disappointed that @graziauk invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like. Had I been consulted, I would have explained that I cannot support or condone the omission of what is my native heritage with the intention that they appreciate that there is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women’s complexion, hair style and texture.

For their part, Grazia apologized, essentially blaming the photographer.

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