Sloane Stephens Defeats Madison Keys to Win U.S. Open and her 1st Grand Slam Title

Congratulations, Sloane! Well done.



U.S. Open Women’s Singles Champion Sloane Stevens (photo via

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Congratulations, Serena: It’s A Girl!

I’d originally considered re-blogging a post containing some lovely nature photographs today, but this bit of news that I happened across is worth reporting! Tennis superstar Serena Williams and her partner / fiancé, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, welcomed a baby girl into the world on 1 September. From BBC News:

Tennis star Serena Williams has given birth to a baby girl at a clinic in Florida.

Williams, 35, whose partner is Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, was admitted to the St Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach on Wednesday. The 23-time Grand Slam winner said last month she was planning to return to tennis for the Australian Open in January.

Congratulations have been pouring in from sports stars and celebrities. News of the birth came as her sister Venus prepared to go out on court at the US Open.

“Obviously I’m super-excited,” Venus said. “Words can’t describe it.” The couple are yet to confirm the birth themselves but Serena’s coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, tweeted: “I am so happy for you and I feel your emotion.”

He added: “Btw … I wish you a speedy recovery… we have a lot of work ahead of us.” Serena admitted she had revealed her pregnancy to the world in April by accident, after mistakenly uploading a photograph on Snapchat. She won the Australian Open title this January while newly pregnant, and in an article in Vogue last month she said she wanted to defend her title.

“It’s the most outrageous plan,” she said. “I just want to put that out there. That’s, like, three months after I give birth.” In June she appeared in a nude cover photo for Vanity Fair, saying: “I don’t know what to do with a baby.” The news has delighted the tennis world, with Rafa Nadal among the first to tweet his congratulations.

Congratulations to Serena and Alexis – all the best to you and your new little one! Blessed be.

Saturday Screen-Shots: 28 January 2017

Venus & Serena Williams

Here are a few of my in-game screen-shots from the past week. I also wanted to say congratulations to Serena Williams – winner of the Australian Open! Well done and kudos to her sister, Venus, as well…they are both admirable and inspiring!


Looking through the “Bag of Holding”

Striking a pose

Nicely-designed tabards

Mounted up – the horses size to your character

Dancing a jig

A little Tai Chi

Shake that money-maker!

A drink at lakeside


Relaxing at the bath-house

EDITORIAL: Serena Williams Wins 7th Wimbledon Title, 22nd Grand Slam and Makes Us All Feel Like Champions


Serena Williams ended her yearlong pursuit of Steffi Graf’s mark for Open-era Grand Slam wins by defeating Angelique Kerber in straight sets in the Wimbledon final Saturday. (Credit: Andy Rain/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)

by Lori Lakin Hutcherson, GBN Editor-in-Chief (@lakinhutcherson)

I don’t know about anyone else, but I really needed this today.  I specifically set my alarm this morning to wake me at 6AM (PST) to watch Serena Williams compete for her seventh – yes, take that in – seventh Wimbledon title, and to tie Steffi Graf for the most Grand Slams won in the Open Era.

I’ll admit, regardless of the week of continued brutality and violence by police against black citizens and the gut-wrenching retaliation in Dallas because of such violence, as a lifelong fan, I most likely would have been up and watching Serena anyway.  But because of its timing, this victory – this continued rising…

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Midweek Musings…8th July 2015


Lots of things going on in the world, as always. Jared Fogle is no longer the face of Subway, after his home was raided in a child pornography investigation. Bill Cosby continues to battle ancient allegations of sex abuse and rape – and the people calling for his head on a platter are the same ones who would like to see Roman Polanski allowed back into this country.

Dylann Roof has been charged with nine counts of murder, and three counts of attempted murder. People continue to swim in shark-infested waters off of the North Carolina coast. While people are focused on the symbolism of the confederate flag, I found an interesting article on Al-Jazeera, which reiterates the fact that American citizens have far less to fear from Al-Quaeda and ISIS / ISIL than we do from domestic terrorists…but I already knew this, so I’m sharing it with you now. Here’s a small excerpt:

Including the South Carolina church massacre victims, the number of U.S. deaths in attacks linked to reactionary ideologies — namely white supremacists or anti-government sentiments — is nearly twice the toll linked to Al-Qaeda and its affiliates since 2002, according to a tally by the New America Foundation think tank.

It’s a disturbing pattern and one that Daryl Johnson predicted in 2009, when he was the lead analyst for domestic terrorism for the Department of Homeland Security. He and his team warned in a report that the election of the first black president, combined with a bad economy, could lead to a resurgence of white supremacists and violent anti-government groups.

Intended only for law enforcement use, the report was leaked, drawing criticism in the media and from lawmakers. Much of the political firestorm was directed at language referring to “disgruntled military veterans,” but some also said the report failed to distinguish between those with conservative beliefs and those who may cause violence.

The report’s main assessment, that “the threat posed by lone wolves and small terrorist cells is more pronounced than in past years” and “right-wing extremism is likely to grow in strength,” has since been affirmed by a number of studies.

Janet Napolitano, the secretary of homeland security at the time, withdrew the report soon after release and publicly apologized for it. Johnson said he and his colleagues were assigned to study other subjects and that much of his unit’s work was deleted. He left the department within a year and now has his own security consulting firm, DT Analytics.

But Johnson, who has studied hate groups and anti-governmental groups for decades, won’t let his expertise go to waste. Over 20 years, he has acquired an impressive and unsettling collection of artifacts of hate.

I’ve always stayed informed on certain symbols. Being aware of the marks people adorn themselves with has steered me clear of people with murder on their minds, thankfully…

Banks in Greece are shutting down amidst that country’s financial crisis – the few that remain open are hard hit by desperate people who have to wait in line for hours to withdraw a meager 60 Euros. Puerto Rico continues to drown in debt.

Serena Williams trounced big sister Venus at Wimbledon. The U.S. women’s soccer team defeated Japan 5 – 2, taking the World Cup. Mo’ne Davis and the Anderson Monarchs toured historical Civil Rights memorials and museums. The Washington, D.C. football team continues to offend multitudes with its racist name, but a judge has ordered the cancellation of the trademark. This is how it seems to go, in many ways…two small steps forward, but 10 giant leaps back – the lunacy of the 2016 ‘presidential race’ is testament to this!

There’s an early baseball game on, so I’m going to watch it – my Mariners are up against the Detroit Tigers and need to win today’s game! Time to watch good-looking, athletic men swing bats and smack balls around…LOL.


Thursday Thoughts…


The weekend draws near and I have some things on my mind…so I’ll pull them out and put them on the table! First off, there was a much-anticipated announcement regarding The Daily Show, and who would be replacing Jon Stewart, after he announced not long ago that he would be stepping down after hosting the show for over 15 years. That person is Trevor Noah, a comedian and talk show host from South Africa. From the Huffington Post:
The Daily Show finally has its new host: Trevor Noah. Noah, a South African comedian and one of the newest “Daily Show” correspondents, was mentioned Friday as the front-runner to replace Jon Stewart on the Comedy Central show. On Monday, The New York Times reported that Noah would officially take over hosting. Since Stewart announced in February that he’d be stepping down from the show after hosting for over 15 years, a handful of possible replacements have been considered. Lists of the potential next host have included Jason Jones, Samantha Bee, Tina Fey and Jessica Williams, who said she was under-qualified for the position.”

I’m pleased as hell over the announcement, personally – but I appear to be one of few, if the comment sections of every online article about it are to be believed! Knee-jerk reactionaries are already claiming that this is the “death of the Daily Show,” which is friggin’ ridonkulous…I personally, never watched the Daily Show when Craig Kilborn hosted it, so I have no idea what shoes Jon Stewart had to fill. Still, people gave him a chance and the show continued…so, why such an outcry now? Yeah, I know the reason…just wanted to make certain you’re paying attention. We all know that people are up in arms because they think their precious late-night programs are getting too “ethnic,” hence the shitty comments made by others about how Larry Wilmore’s show is an “epic failure” just because he isn’t Stephen Colbert. Well, I liked Colbert’s show and can’t wait to see what he does when he takes over the helm from David Letterman. I am also enjoying Larry’s show immensely, and think that his approach is refreshingly different. It’s a shame that he only accepts questions from the Twitterpated Tumblrs and Mumblrs who ‘swipe left’ at everything that isn’t about a Kar-trash-ian or some random white slag, but I don’t need to ask anything…I’ll continue to watch.

Next, Serena Williams is the first Black female athlete to grace the cover of Vogue magazine. From Good Black News:

Game, set, Vogue!

Serena Williams is the first black female athlete to land a solo cover of Vogue, and the tennis pro looks absolutely breathtaking (she last fronted the magazine for the June 2012 issue alongside Ryan Lochte and Hope Solo). Serena sports long natural curls and a slim-fitting blue sheath dress on the cover, finishing her look with minimal makeup and a simple tennis bracelet (natch). Famed photographer Annie Leibovitz shot the stunning spread, which also features tennis star (not to mention Serena’s best friend and top competitor) Caroline Wozniacki.

The tennis maven joins Lupita Nyong’oBeyoncéRihanna and Michelle Obama as high-powered black women to front Vogue in recent years. (One other black athlete has graced the magazine’s cover: LeBron James shared the April 2008 Shape issue with Gisele Bündchen for what became a much-debated spread.)”

I’ve admired the Williams sisters from the first day they exploded onto the tennis courts, and I wish I could afford to hire their trainer! The dress that Serena is wearing in the article is dynamite – I love that shade of red…it wouldn’t look bad on me, either! I was glad to read this article, especially after there were *CRICKETS* when some hateful, racist arsehole in the International Tennis Federation made some disgusting statements about Serena and Venus back in October of last year. Only Martina Navratilova had the guts to say something about the prick! From BBC Sport:

Martina Navratilova has criticised the “silence” of the International Tennis Federation after comments from one of its members about the Williams sisters. Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpischev described world number one Serena Williams and older sister Venus as “brothers”. The Women’s Tennis Association banned him for a year and fined him £15,500 but Navratilova wants ITF action. “The silence from the ITF has been pretty deafening,” Navratilova said.”

The silence from other, “pro-Black” blogs has been deafening as well…go figure.

Lupita Nyong’o will grace the cover of the May edition of Harper’s Bazaar UK, and I think it’s marvelous. I am pleased as hell to see more women that I can relate to on magazine covers, and there should be even more! We ‘Dark Girls’ have been shoved aside for too gawddamned long…guess what? We are beautiful, too. We don’t need to be pasty or pale to shine!
You wonder why I have “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” picture at the beginning of this post? It’s simple: the articles I listed are very good. The bad are the reactions and responses by hate-filled people who simply cannot accept that others don’t care to live in their shallow little worlds. The ugly is their hatred. Those people need to follow the advice in the closing picture, below. Heed it well!
Last, but certainly not least – today is the birthday of the incomparable Barrett Eugene “Barry” Hansen, another Aries who is better known as crazed radio personality Dr. Demento! In honour of his 74th year on this little planet, enjoy these three songs that I heard on his show as a radio-obsessed child.
Ray Stevens: “The Streak
‘Weird Al’ Yankovic: “Another One Rides the Bus
The Pipkins: “Gimmie Dat Ding

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