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Olympic swimmer Simone Manuel made history on Thursday after becoming the first African-American woman to win an individual event in Olympic swimming.

Manuel picked up the gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle after tying with 16-year-old Canadian Penny Oleksiak. “The gold medal wasn’t just for me. It was for people that came before me and inspired me to stay in the sport,” Manuel said after the victory.

The 20-year-old added, “For people who believe that they can’t do it, I hope I’m an inspiration to others to get out there and try swimming. You might be pretty good at it.”

But for Manuel, it was important to enter the race without the focus of her being a great “black swimmer” as opposed to just a stellar athlete. “Coming into the race, I tried to take weight of the black community off my shoulders. It’s something I carry with me. I want to be an inspiration, but I would like there to be a day when it is not ‘Simone the black swimmer.’”

Simone also opened up about taking home the gold amid the recent race issues in the nation.“ It means a lot, especially with what is going on in the world today, some of the issues of police brutality,” Manuel said. “This win hopefully brings hope and change to some of the issues that are going on. My color just comes with the territory.”

Late Thursday night, Manuel tweeted:

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It’s worth noting that the USA has two Simones to brag about — Simone Biles is the African-American gymnast who helped lead the USA team to the women’s team all-around gold medal.

Several celebrities tweeted about both Simones’ victories, including Serena Williams, Lil Wayne and Melanie Fiona.

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Hot Or Bothered: Fashion At The 2017 American Music Awards



The night music fans have been waiting for is finally here! The 45th American Music Awards went down right Sunday night at Microsoft Theater in L.A. and a host of your favorite stars hit the red carpet in some looks that were hot and some that had us bothered … let’s start with the hot!

The evening’s host Tracee Ellis Ross sparkled and shined in this burgundy sequined Stella McCartney gown. We’re  sure her mother Diana Ross inspired this look.

Meanwhile her  sister-in-law Ashlee Simpson Ross dazzled in a sparkly number by Christian Siriano.

And of, the evening’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner and honoree – Diana Ross proved why she’s a music and fashion icon in this black gown and hat.


Selena Gomez showed off her killer bod wearing a Coach leather minidress and brand new platinum hair.

Also killing it in an LBD – that’s leather black dress, was Ciara wearing Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture. Ok Ciara!


Demi Lovato looked like a goddess in this black sheer strapless gown by Ester Abner.


And, Kelly Rowland gave us grecian vibes in this velvet gown with embellished bodice.

But the look that stole the show  DJ Khaled’s son Asahd, looking super adorable in his tiny black suit and Gucci loafers that cost a whopping $275. That’s what we call winning at 1 year old.

But someone whose look was not winning … Nick Cannon. We’re not sure why he was dressed like a Bratz doll, but he needs to stop.

Sadly we also have to request that whoever dressed Pink in this awful tulle Monique Lhuillier dress be fired immediately. Sorry we love you Pink but this dress was a hot damn mess.

(Photos courtesy of J. Merritt/Getty Images)

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