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Serena Williams Tackles Race, Gender, & Equality Issues in 'Wired'

Serena Williams Tackles Race, Gender, & Equality Issues in 'Wired'

Serena Williams guest edits and takes the cover of Wired magazine’s November 2015 issue, which explores the issues of race, gender, and equality in the digital age.

Here’s what the 34-year-old tennis star had to share with the mag:

On being a role model as a tennis player:
“I’m a black woman, and I am in a sport that wasn’t really meant for black people. I want young people to look at the trailblazers that we have assembled [in this issue] and be inspired.”

On staying positive: “Back in 2008, when I was competing in the US Open, I would keep little “matchbooks,” where I’d write affirmations to myself and read them during matches. It worked pretty well. But before long I found an even better way to inspire myself: I started using affirmations as the passwords to my phone and my computer. (No, I’m not going to tell you what my current affirmation is!) You should try it. You’ll be surprised how many times a day you log in and have an opportunity to trigger the positivity. I love that I can use technology that way.”

Click inside to find out who Serena Williams chose as “Trailblazers” for the issue…

1. Common, musician and activist for change
2. Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code
3. Mahalia Hines, Common’s mother, a lifelong educator and member of Chicago Board of Education
4. Billie Jean King, one of the first openly gay major American athletes
5. DeRay Mckesson, civil rights activist and face of Black Lives Matter
6. Mary Meeker, venture capitalist
7. Geena Rocero, transgender model
8. Ronda Rousey, MMA champion athlete
9. Tristan Walker, CEO of Walker & Company and one of the highest profile African American startup founders in Silicon Valley.
10. Jen Welter, first female preseason coach of the Arizona Cardinals

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  • forrest gump

    so F@ggots will die out in the end, thanks!!

  • VanityInsecurity

    a sport that wasnt meant for black people? wtf is she talking about? pls tell me what sport was meant for black people? even in sport racial crap gets dragged in..

  • xyz

    One day the truth about the Gorilliams sisters will come out. Dont worry, it will….

  • xyz

    “She” is a moron and jumps the racial bandwagon because its so trendy. Bashing white ppl and blaming them for everything is perfectly OK…. Btw, I didnt know there were sports especially meant for blacks and especially meant for whites. How about yellow race ppl? Whats in store for them? If stupidity would hurt, “she” ran away screaming…..

  • Cruizin1960

    “Wasn’t really meant for black people”?????? WTF? Serena dear…it is 2015. I am more than 20 years older that her and tennis was included as a cycle in the public school phys ed curriculum. There were also tennis teams in public schools…as early as 7th grade. Not to mention loads of outdoor public tennis courts. NO sport was ever created specifically for a particular race. Were black people blocked from participating? Sure, once upon a time. Is it possible that a family’s economic standing kept their children from participating in a sport? Of course…but that is not race specific. She needs to get over herself. The race card is old and tired and she loses respect by playing it.

  • Visitor

    Arthur Ashe

  • Visitor

    Tennis, like golf, lacrosse and polo…was/is still…considered a sport for affluent/upper class white elites.

    People OPPOSED she and her sister, and other blacks before them (Althea Gibson/Arthur Ashe) participating in this “white” sport.

    That’s what she means. Her participation, as a black person, is groundbreaking, and to some extent, still controversial.

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