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Serena Williams is more than a tennis great: she showed black women we could be ourselves

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Serena Williams is more than a tennis great: she showed black women we could be ourselves

by Natasha Henry via https://www.theguardian.com/

We watched as she was targeted for her hair, outfits and physique. Even as she heads for retirement, her resilience is an example to us all

“If you can see it, you can be it.”

It’s a phrase regularly preached by sporting governing bodies, educators and those in the media who champion diversity, like myself. Although it’s a cheesy phrase, it is 100% true.

When you are the first of your race, nationality, gender, sexuality or culture to achieve something, not only do you become the face of the country or team that you were representing at the time, but for many, you become the…

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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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