Black History Month 20 for 20: Venus & Serena Williams - Sista, Sista
Monday January 30th I was shooting the shit on Twitter as usual, and turned my attention to the love I have for Master P. My friend Courtney with a K inspired me to start this series (as you can see below). For every weekday in February, I will profile Black persons in celebration of Black History Month. #BHM20for20 Why only 20? Y’all too busy sinning on the weekend to read (I’m joking but not really). Thank you Kourtnee.
“Slay trick or you get eliminated; I slay...” – Beyoncé
I know how to spell sister, but why spell it the way they teach it, when I can spell it with style? Venus & Serena Williams know how to win tennis matches the way they teach it, but why do that when they can dominate in style? 2 Black women from the hood (Compton, CA) have dominated a predominantly white sport for close to 2 decades (that’s 20 years for those who need help counting). Serena is the greatest active athlete on the planet right now, period. But Venus is overlooked as if she hasn’t won 7 Grand Slams as a singles competitor, and 14 in doubles competition. In a sport where people are expected to start to decline, and retire by age 30, Venus (36) & Serena (35) recently competed against each other in the finals of the Australian Open. The Williams’ sisters are the greatest sibling athletes EVER but they represent so much more.
I can recall a time where sports pundits thought both Venus & Serena were too focused on things outside of tennis, and needed to stop having ideas of being bigger than the sport. Again, this was society trying to dictate what Black women do, and who Black women can become because society can’t fathom having the capacity to be more than 1 thing. Venus & Serena represent every Black girl who has ever been told they can’t or won’t become something, and they don’t apologize for it; as they shouldn’t.
Venus & Serena also represent something very prevalent in Black women throughout history, and that’s uplifting with style. Serena is the most exceptional athlete on the planet by far, but who do you think helped pushed her to greatness the most? With respects to their father, the answer is her sister, Venus. Practicing against each other, succeeding when everyone counted Serena out (something that is unfathomable to me btw) & igniting a fire under her sister, Venus, like so many Black women, uplifted Serena, and didn’t stand in her light, rather, she applauded, and understood that 1 shining would never dim her light but would help the world see all Black women for their talent. In 2017 where Black women are still fighting for equality, and a space to be heard, and seen, Venus & Serena have been helping shine the light on all women.
There’s something to be said about how men disparage women athletes because they’re seen as softer or weaker competition, and it’s hilarious because the men talking this nonsense would faint after 1 of Venus or Serena’s serves zips past their face. Guys who couldn’t win their lady a stuffed animal at the county fair by shooting straight into the clowns mouth seem to always put their foot in theirs because they’re bozos too. Tennis is about precision, endurance, hand/eye coordination, strength, and sheer will to win which most people don’t have. You know why people dismiss tennis as an athletic sport? Because they aren’t athletic enough to play it; isn’t it ironic? Much love to the Williams’ sisters for putting on for all the sistas out here, and making Black men like me respect women as athletes, and well-rounded individuals. Before I forget, Serena crip walking at the Olympics is a top-5 real nigga moment ever.
Next up, being that tomorrow is Friday, it’s only right that I profile a nigga with an attitude.