Month: January 2014

Age Ain’t A Factor; Li Na Wins Australian Open At 31

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Congratulations to the Chinese born tennis player Li Na, who just secured her second Grand Slam tennis championship by winning the Australian Open.

Li Na proved once again that age isn’t a factor when she took on a much younger and fresher opponent, Dominika Cibulkova and defeated her 7-6 6-0.

I’m elated to see Li Na hoist the trophy, as she lost in the finals of the Australian Open in 2011 to Kim Clijsters and in 2013 to Victoria Azarenka. Fans across the world and obviously of course in her home country of China are rejoicing with her in her victory.

The tennis star will turn 32 next month but shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.

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Terrell Owens and Rachel Snider Get Hitched!

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Terrell Owens is officially off the market. The woeful former NFL player has ditched the blues and fallen in love. Literally, he found love in a hopeless place as the Rihanna tune chants. Apparently, he and Snider hit it off during his time spent with family in Alabama. She and Owens tied the knot at a courthouse in California yesterday.

I wish these two nothing but the best. Congratulations and Happy Nuptials!

Breaking News: Justin Beiber Arrested On Drunken Driving Charges & Resisting Arrest

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Will someone please come and save Justin Beiber? Seriously, Superman needs to dust off his cape and come out to help this young superstar. Sarcasm aside, it’s pitiful to see such a young and talented young man, yes he actually can sing-I think, go to waste. Not only is Justin Beiber spiraling out of control but no one around  his camp seems to care or have any concerns. Shouldn’t there come a point and time when your loyalty to your friend or idol be swept aside for the greater good of humanity? I don’t personally know Justin, but it appears from a far that he is surrounded by people who are unable to help him get the help he needs. It’s apparent that he uses drugs from his Instagram posts and vine videos but it now appears to be catching up with him.

Today, the 19 year old singer was arrested for drinking and driving and for also resisting arrest. As much as people may hate to read this, he needs the same help and tough love as Chris Brown. Someone’s life could have been taken away while he in his drunken stupor and behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. I wish no malice or evil towards anyone. However, I do believe in grabbing the bull by the horns and got damn it that bull needs to be lassoed and brought in.

Hopefully, someone one will send an SOS his way before his ship sinks and the damage is undo-able.

BFV: Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir By Toni Braxton coming in May

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Fans of the sultry soul singer and star of hit TV show Braxton Family Values will be in for a treat this spring. Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir set to be released May 24, 2014, will give fans and readers alike a closer look inside of the R&B veterans life.

Personally, I’d be interested in learning more about her battles with lupus, raising an autistic son, and balancing the demands of showbiz. Hopefully, Toni will write about things we don’t know and not just give us some surface jargon we can find on Google.

I’ve been a fan of her music since her debut. This book should make for an interesting read.

New Music Video:Jennifer Hudson feat. T.I “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)”

Jennifer Hudson is back with a sexy disco number that has been heating up airwaves worldwide. The video showcases a more sensual side to Jennifer, rarely, if ever seen before. Accompanied by scantily clad dancers, Jennifer frolics around in a skintight red swimsuit. She’s obviously embracing herself more and feeling more comfortable showing off her body. I’m interested in seeing if the rest of her new music will have a similar Donna Summer esque feel.

Boycott Over? Serena enters into the Indian Wells Tournament After 12 year hiatus

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Serena Williams has not competed at the tournament since the horrific booing incident of 2001. Her and Venus were expected to play each other during the semifinals match. However, at the last minute Venus withdrew, citing injury to her wrist. Serena received a bye to the next round. When she walked on the court to take on Kim Clijsters, the crowd erupted in loud bantering and booing. As she warmed up and throughout the match, fans taunted her. Cheering when she missed a shot or hit a ball into the next. During change overs Serena would throw her towel over her head and cry. Determined not to lose, Serena stuck it out and was able to win the match in three sets 4-6 6-4 6-2. Fans booed as she walked onto the court to collect her prize money and hold her winning trophy. Serena was 19 at the time and still very impressionable. She could not understand why the fans had been giving her such a hard time. Venus was injured and was in no shape to perform. Why would they be upset over that?

For some fans it was enough to warrant bad behavior. They threw out all sorts of racial slurs and epithets to the Williams family. Claiming that the family staged their matches and Venus dropping out of the tournament at the last minute was all a ploy to advance Serena’s career. Venus had been more dominant on the tour even though Serena had won the family their first grand slam.

I could understand how her dropping out of the tournament last minute could have made fans angry. If I was expecting to see the Williams sisters play and at the last minute the match up was changed, I too would be upset. Especially given the prices I would have to pay for a ticket. However, racial slurs and epithets are no remedy for the situation. Regardless of whether Venus was faking or not.

Serena expressed her desire to reconcile her differences with the Indian Wells Open, now titled BNP Paribas, during a press conference early last week in Australia. Serena stated that the life and legacy of the late Nelson Mandela was a contributing factor in her decision to enter the tournament.

Serena Williams has already been dubbed as an overreacting player who allows her emotions to get the best of her. Why would she willingly put herself in that position again? She would practically be giving people the forum to jeer her back into an angry place. We have seen her passions erupt at the US Open twice, once in ’09 and again in ’11. The media had a field day with her. She became the laughing stock of the sports and entertainment world. Fans across the world took to social media to share their opinions. Some opinions were meant to soothe the frustrations that some people had with her outburst. Other comments were racially tinged and used purposefully to fuel the fire.

Serena will go down in history as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, women’s tennis player in history. Williams has 17 grand slam titles and Olympic gold medals in both singles and doubles with sister Venus. Her competing in this tournament again will not make or break her career.

The Indian Wells tournament is a top tier event in which many of the world’s best tennis players compete. But, Serena going back to play at that tournament would be like a foodie going back to a four star restaurant after experiencing prejudicial service, solely because it’s a four star restaurant. Why would you willingly subject yourself to that situation again when there are plenty of other restaurants to patronize? Serena could opt out of this tournament as she has done the past 12 years and still come out a champion. This one tournament will not make or break her ranking or hurt her bank account. Sure the extra prize money would be nice. But why risk your dignity and self worth over a coin? Sure some people may argue that the past is the past, and that she should just get over it and move on but it is not as easy as many would like to believe.

Only time will tell if Serena will actually end her boycott of the  \tournament when it kicks off March 3, 2014. If Serena does compete, her sweetest vindication will not come from just competing but from winning. Hoisting that shiny trophy above her head and smiling at the sea of fans in the crowd will be the icing on the cake.