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:
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.
Kim Kardashian Savagely Claps Back At Lamar Odom Over Khloe Diss
Let’s be clear, Kim Kardashian isn’t a savage, but her clapback to Lamar Odom after he low key dissed her sister Khloe was pretty ferocious.
After Odom appeared on BET’s The Man Cave and told the hosts that he knew his marriage to Khloé was over “when she was with her second or third NBA ballplayer,” Kim got him all the way together.
“Or second or third brothel,” she shot back via Twitter.
The former NBA player reportedly frequented brothels including Dennis Hof’s Love Ranch were he infamously overdosed back in October 2015. Khloe helped nurse him back to health and even called off their divorce until he was fully recovered.
Odom told the hosts that he has nothing but love for her and wished well with her new relationship with Tristan Thompson and her pregnancy. “I’m happy for her! She took care of me,” he said. “She’ll be a good mother, for real. She’s a great woman.”
You can see the full episode of BET’s Mancave Thursday at 8/9c.
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