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10 Amazing Black Women Athletes You Should Know About

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10 Amazing Black Women Athletes You Should Know About


At the U.S. Open last September, tennis champion Serena Williams received a series of code violations, including one for slamming her racket and receiving coaching, which ultimately cost her the match. When Williams tried to complain to the umpire, she was accused of having a “meltdown” and mocked for having a “tantrum.” Williams is arguably the strongest, most accomplished athlete of all time — and yet, she was still reduced to an irrational, “angry Black woman” stereotype.Williams’ response to all the media attention? “I just feel like the fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions and that want to express themselves and they want to be a strong woman. They’re gonna be allowed to do that because of today,” Williams told reporters after the match. “Maybe it didn’t work out for me, but it’s gonna work out for the next person.”Williams’ sentiment is all too familiar. Historically, Black women in sports have faced numerous hurdles like this …

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I am a future butterfly at the stage of growth when I am turning into an adult. I am enclosed in a hard case shell formed by love, family, and friends. It is the hardest stage of becoming a black butterfly. You will encounter many hardships only to come out stronger and better than what you went in. At this stage, you are finding out who you truly are and how to love yourself.

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