Venus Williams is one of the world’s top tennis players and tends to have everything in between the lines under control, but when it comes to her sister, Serena, and her baby that’s on the way, V is a little nervous. How will she handle being an Auntie? “I don’t know yet, that’s the problem … I don’t know how well I’m going to do, because I don’t know what to do,” Venus said. “I think you just have to be ready, aware and alert. Then have a lot of diaper duty.”
Venus, who usually is more tight-lipped then a Beyonce staffer when it comes to her personal business, coughed up that insight at the French Open after her first round win.
Williams is celebrating her 20th anniversary this year at Roland-Garros and will get plenty of Serena questions as she rolls through the rounds. Serena, meanwhile, is preparing for the arrival of her first child with Reddit co-founder Alex Ohanian.
Serena and Alex are in France and spent the weekend in Monaco at the Grand Prix (that’s Alex in the blue hat). Clearly Serena is showing and glowing.
Netflix’s ‘Step Sisters’ Is ‘Bring It On’ … But Way More Woke!
Netflix is getting ready to “Bring It On” … in more ways than one. The streaming service’s new flick Step Sisters is reminiscent of the 90s dance film, but delves deeper into racial themes like cultural appropriation, tokenization and interracial dating.
In the film Megalyn Echikunwoke (Arrow) plays the president of a black sorority who is tasked with teaching one of the campus’ white sororities how to step for a charity competition. At first glimpse the film seems to be stepping into a can of worms — and had folks on Twitter up in arms, but the creators and cast told HipHollywood it isn’t about cultural appropriation but instead cultural exchange.
“There’s a strong political message, and there’s a lot of racial content,” said Nia Jervier. “But I think that the pill that may be difficult to swallow is dipped in honey, because it’s funny.”
What also helps is that producer/writers like Lena Waithe (Masters of None), Chuck Hayward (Dear White People) and Ben Cory Jones (Underground) are behind the project – so you know it’s woke.
“At the end of the day, Jamila the lead character in our minds she’s reaching over to show them a part of our culture. It doesn’t dilute our culture,” said Jones. ” And I love that we can take stepping and evolve that into issues of race and culture.”
Step Sisters begins streaming on Netflix January 20th.
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