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{blackbabes} Serena Williams Is ‘Exercising for as Long as Possible’ During Pregnancy: ‘I Want the Baby to Be Healthy’

Serena Williams isn't letting pregnancy slow her down.

In a new interview for The Telegraph, the mom-to-be gets candid about how she is prioritizing fitness as she and fiancé Alexis Ohanian prepare to welcome their first child in September.

"I intend to keep exercising for as long as possible while pregnant," says the 35-year-old tennis champ. "I want the baby to be healthy and for that you need a healthy life."

"Also, when I come back to tennis it'll be better if I've kept as fit as possible all the way through the pregnancy rather than having to lose a lot of weight afterwards in order to get fit again," adds Williams. "Eating healthily is a must, but being healthy is a lifestyle."

Williams hasn't been shy about the fact that she plans on returning to the game soon after giving birth, spending time on the courts throughout her pregnancy and opening up to Vogue for its September issue about attempting to match Margaret Court's record of 24 major titles.

"I am looking forward to becoming a mother and coming back to the courts already," she tells The Telegraph. "I'm always thinking about what's next: the next victory, the next trophy."

Her next big athletic goal? The 2018 Australian Open (Williams took home the title at the 2017 event while pregnant). "Determination is key, whether you're on or off the court," she says. "You have to feed it, work on it constantly."

Adds Williams, "What drives me daily is my love for what I do — I wake up and I want to be the greatest athlete. That's more than enough."

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{blackbabes} Lawyers to see Venus Williams’ cellphone data after crash

 

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Records from Venus Williams' cellphone will be turned over to attorneys representing the family of a 78-year-old Florida man who died after a June car crash with the tennis star.

The Sun Sentinel reported Tuesday that an agreement for the records was reached prior to a court hearing in a lawsuit filed against Williams. Jerome Barson's family sought the records to find out if Williams was on the phone and distracted just prior to the crash.

Williams' lawyers said they will turn over phone records that span a two-and-a-half-hour period before and after the June 6 crash. Her lawyers say Williams wasn't distracted.

Barson died 13 days after police say Williams drove into the path of the sedan Barsons' wife was driving. Williams hasn't been cited or charged.

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{blackbabes} ‘Ballers’: Brittany S. Hall Upped To Series Regular For Season 4 Of Dwayne Johnson HBO Comedy

 

Brittany S. Hall, who recurred in Season 3 of HBO comedy series Ballers, has been promoted to series regular for Season 4.

Hall plays Amber, a sassy girl from the Miami party scene who had a past with Ricky (John David Washington).

Created by Stephen Levinson (Boardwalk Empire), Dwayne Johnson-starring Ballers looks at the whirlwind lifestyles and real-life problems of former and current football players. Johnson plays ex-superstar Spencer Strasmore, who has reinvented himself as a financial manager for today's players in sun-soaked Miami.

Cast also includes Rob Corddry, Omar Benson Miller, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, London Brown, Jazmyn Simon and Dulé Hill.

Levinson also exec produces with Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Peter Berg, Evan Reilly, Rob Weiss, Julian Farino, Denis Biggs, Karyn McCarthy.

Hall's recent television credits include Quarry, Being Mary Jane, and Survivor's Remorse. Feature roles include Drumline: A New Beat. She is repped by APA, Stokes Management, Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox & Light and AWA.

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{blackbabes} Lynn Whitfield Joins Sanaa Lathan In ‘Nappily Ever After’

 

Actress Lynn Whitfield has signed on to co-star in the Netflix comedy Nappily Ever After, joining Sanaa Lathan and Ernie Hudson in the film based on Trisha R. Thomas' book of the same name. Haifaa Al-Mansour is directing the pic from an original script by Tina Chism with rewrites from Lisa Loomer, Adam Brooks and Gina Prince-Bythewood.

It follows Violet Jones (Lathan), whose a seemingly flawless life is interrupted after an accident at the hair dresser leads to the realization that she isn't living the life she that she really wanted.

Whitfield will play Violet's mother, Paulette. Tracey Bing, Marc Platt, Jared Leboff and Lathan are producing the film, while Benedict Carver, Vincent Cirrincione and Mark Moran serve as exec producers. Shooting will take place this month in Atlanta.

Whitfield, who currently stars in the OWN drama series Greenleaf, is repped by J Pervis Talent Agency and Authentic Talent and Literary Management.

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{blackbabes} Why Whitney’s downfall was imminent — even before she met Bobby

 

It might be the greatest myth in modern pop music: Whitney Houston was America's sweetheart until Bobby Brown corrupted her — a tragedy that ended in her drug-intoxicated drowning in 2012.

But in "Whitney: Can I Be Me," the Showtime documentary film directed by Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal which airs on Friday, that narrative is exposed as a construct put together by her record label and very much maintained by her protective family.

"It's a fairy tale," Dolezal told The Post. "The idea that Whitney was a great girl until Bobby came along is simply not true. Whitney took drugs and smoked weed a long time before she could even spell 'Bobby Brown.' "

The documentary — comprised of previously unseen 1999 tour footage shot by Dolezal and newer interviews with Whitney's friends and family — goes into detail about the singer's rise to fame, the rumors about her sexuality, and her slow, narcotic downfall. But the film also makes an effort to peel back the flawless image of the singer that was built up primarily during the 1980s.

Whitney was born in 1963 to parents John, a theatrical management executive, and gospel singer Cissy, who also sang backup for her niece Dionne Warwick. The youngest of three kids, she was raised in and around Newark, NJ. The city had been torn apart during the race riots of 1967, sliding into a long decay of crime, poverty and segregation.

"She was from the 'hood," explained Dolezal. In the film, her friends remember a Whitney who could be classy, singing in church on Sunday with her mom, but also one who knew her way around the streets.

"They [Whitney and her two brothers] did drugs," recalls Ellin LaVar, Whitney's longtime friend and stylist, in the documentary. "It was the thing you do. You go out, you party, you drink, you do a little drugs. Everybody did it. And her brothers gave it to her. It was just something you do to have fun."

In a 2013 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Michael Houston confessed to getting his sister started on cocaine in her late teens. "At the time, the '80s, it was acceptable . . . [drugs] wasn't a bad word like it is now."

Whitney became a part of the entertainment industry early on, performing onstage with Cissy during the 1970s and taking on the occasional modeling gig. As word of her vocal abilities spread, Arista Records president Clive Davis went to see her perform in Manhattan in 1983 and immediately signed her. Davis unveiled his new princess' talents during a famous appearance on "The Merv Griffin Show" just weeks later.

At the time, radio was still heavily segregated, and African-American artists were largely ignored by MTV. So the label made a concerted effort to make Whitney more "palatable" to white audiences.

Asked by Broomfield in the film about how Whitney was marketed to white America, Arista's former vice president of R&B promotion Tony Anderson flatly replied, "put the past behind [her] and don't focus on it. And that's what we did."

Any music that sounded too funky, too R&B or just too black was rejected for Whitney by the label. Her first No. 1, 1985's "Saving All My Love For You," is about as syrupy as they come; the guitar riff from 1987's "So Emotional" could have been lifted straight from a Van Halen track.

The tactic worked. The singer's first two albums, "Whitney Houston" (1985) and "Whitney" (1987), both went to the top of the album charts. She racked up seven No. 1 singles in a row and won her first Grammy — for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, not R&B.

In 1986, Whitney graced the cover of People Magazine, which crowned her "America's Top New Star," while a Time article in 1987 pegged her "The Prom Queen of Soul." In that story — which ran alongside a photo of a 23-year-old Whitney cuddling a teddy bear — Cissy recalled her daughter's teenage rebellion as simply "staying out late, not washing the dishes." The drug experimentation was all but wiped away.

But the goody-goody image began to backfire. In 1989, the singer was booed at the Soul Train Awards — a move felt by her inner circle to be a backlash against the whitewashing of her image and music.

"It was emotionally devastating — I don't think she ever recovered from it," Kirk Whalum, her saxophonist, says in the film.

But that night, something happened that would change her life: She met Bobby Brown.

"Someone [was] hitting me on the back of the head, and I turned around and it was Whitney Houston," Brown told MTV in 2009. "She was trying to get my attention, because I was fly."

"When they met, Bobby was the bigger star. A lot of women wanted to f – – k him, full stop," said Dolezal.

The pair's chemistry was immediate, in no small part because Bobby represented a part of Whitney's life that had been brushed under the carpet for years.

"Bobby was street, Bobby was 'hood, Bobby had swag," Doug Daniel, then a member of Arista's R&B promotion team, says in the film. "They came from a similar culture."

The arrival of Bobby wasn't the destructive moment it has long been framed as, but it did create tension. Since Whitney's childhood, the singer's closest friend had been Robyn Crawford, whom she had known since her adolescence in New Jersey. In the 1987 Time article, Whitney referred to Crawford as the "sister I never had," and she was installed as the singer's assistant early on.

"Everyone always thought that Robyn was [Whitney's] boss or manager," recalled Dolezal, who first interviewed her for Austrian TV in 1985. "Whitney trusted her with everything — the way she looked, the lighting, the way she was sitting, everything. [Crawford] gave her security."

By the end of the '80s, rumors had begun swirling in the tabloids and the music industry that Crawford and Houston's relationship may have been more than platonic. Their obvious closeness, coupled with the fact that they lived together, added fuel to the fire.

"I don't think she was gay — I think she was bisexual," LaVar states in the film. In a 2016 interview with Us Weekly, Brown appeared to confirm that Crawford and Whitney's relationship had been physical but didn't specify whether this was before his wedding to Whitney in 1992 or after.

The suggestion that Houston was romantically involved with a woman rankled Cissy, who said in her 2013 book, "Remembering Whitney," that she "didn't want Robyn around my daughter." Asked by Oprah if she would have been bothered if her daughter had been gay, Cissy replied, "Absolutely."

When Brown entered Whitney's life, it helped dispel rumors about her sexuality but created other problems behind the scenes.

"It was obvious that there was tension between Bobby and Robyn," said Dolezal.

In the film, Whitney's former head of security David Roberts recalled that the two competed for her attention — and got into physical altercations. "There were numerous fights between Robyn and Bobby . . . serious fights. There were times when he wasn't always the winner!"

Although Dolezal never saw violence, he did capture the tension while filming backstage on Whitney's 1999 tour. In the doc, Brown is seen putting his arm around Crawford in a show of unity. But Crawford looks painfully uncomfortable, avoiding his eyes and pulling away.

One day, seemingly out of the blue, Crawford was no longer part of the tour, Dolezal recalled. "Everybody . . . was sad when Robyn left, because she was a very positive force."

Brown has indicated that it was Cissy who forced her out of Whitney's entourage. But Dolezal has a different opinion.

"In retrospect, I think [Crawford] left because she said to herself, 'Whitney has a child [daughter Bobbi Kristina was 6 years old at the time], this child needs a family, and the family needs to be the father and a mother, and so now I'm going to make space.' As hard as that probably was for her, she made that sacrifice because it was how much she loved Whitney."

Over the years, Crawford had attempted to rein in Whitney's drug usage. As Cissy recalled in her book, Crawford had sounded the alarm about Whitney's taste for cocaine as far back as 1987. But with Crawford out of the picture, Whitney's descent only seemed to speed up. In early 2000, she was fired from a planned Oscars performance just hours before the broadcast, after allegedly turning up to the rehearsal high.

For her last decade, Whitney was known more for her drug problems than her music. In 2006, the National Enquirer published allegations of crack use and photos of drug paraphernalia in the Atlanta house she shared with Brown. Whitney filed for divorce the same year.

The only time Crawford has spoken about Whitney's death was to Esquire in 2012, when she attempted to dispel the idea that Whitney — a mythological princess to begin with — had been led astray by Brown's influence.

"People thought they had to protect her," said Crawford. "She hated that. And that's what people don't understand . . . She did what she wanted to do."

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{blackbabes} ‘Shut Eye’ Casts Rowena King; Jeremy Bobb In ‘Escape At Dannemora’

Rowena King (Of Kings and Prophets) is set for a key recurring role in Season 2 of Hulu's Shut Eye. Created and executive produced by Les Bohem, Shut Eye centers on Charlie Haverford (Jeffrey Donovan), a scammer with a small chain of fortune-telling storefronts and who contracts building tricks for a family that controls the business in the greater chunk of Los Angeles. King will play Maggie. Once a high level advertising executive, Maggie was known for her ability to read and manipulate consumers' desires. She is the backbone to "Psychic to the Stars", Paz Kapoor's (Aasif Mandvi) business and the one responsible for taking his street corner mystic act to its world famous status. Charlie (Jeffrey Donovan) will shortly learn that the British-born Maggie is not only his rival in charm, but also in skill. King, repped by Domain and Thirdhill Entertainment, just finished shooting a lead role in ITV drama Trauma, opposite Adrian Lester and John Simm and had a supporting role in ABC's Of Kings and Prophets.

The Knick alum Jeremy Bobb has been tapped for a recurring role in Showtime's limited series Escape At Dannemora, directed and executive produced by Ben Stiller. Escape At Dannemora, starring Benicio del Toro, Paul Dano and Arquette, is based on the headline-making true story of a 2015 prison break in upstate New York, which spawned a massive manhunt for convicted murderers Richard Matt (played by del Toro) and David Sweat (Dano). The pair were aided in their escape by married female prison worker, Tilly Mitchell (Arquette), with whom they both became sexually entangled. Bobb will play Dennis Lambert, a corrections officer who supervises Tilly's (Arquette) tailor shop at Clinton Correctional and is good friends with her husband, Lyle ((Eric Lange). Bobb, repped by Gersh and Suskin Management, can currently be seen in Manhunt: Unabomber for Discovery Channel, and also will be seen in the upcoming Godless for Netflix.

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{blackbabes} ‘Mary Mary’ To End After Season 6; Gets Premiere Date On WE tv

Mary Mary will not see a Season 7. WE tv said today that its popular docuseries will return September 28 for its sixth and final season.

The series, which chronicles the lives of Erica and Tina Campbell, sisters and members of the contemporary gospel group Mary Mary, will wrap with six hourlong episodes.

Mary Mary is going out on a high note. The fifth season drew 12.7 million total viewers and was the No. 1 cable program in its time slot among African-American women 25-54, according to WE tv and Nielsen stats.

Mary Mary is produced for WE tv by Entertainment One and executive produced by eOne's Tara Long, John Morayniss, Mark Herwick and WE tv's Lauren Gellert, Kate Farrell and Lauren Lazin, and Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, Laura Halperin, and Mitchell Solarek.

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{blackbabes} Shondaland's For the People Adds Leftovers' Jasmin Savoy Brown as Lead

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ABC's For the People is bringing on a new co-counsel. Jasmin Savoy Brown (The Leftovers) has been added to the legal drama, filling in a lead role re-cast after the pilot, our sister site Deadline reports.

Brown will play Allison, roommate of Britt Robertson's Sandra, in Shondaland's midseason series. Lyndon Smith (Parenthood) played the part in the pilot.

In July, Robertson (Girlboss) replaced Britne Oldford as Sandra, a fiercely independent public defender who was driven to become a lawyer after her family suffered a grave injustice. Brown's Allison is Sandra's best friend from law school, who now works with her in the Federal Public Defender's Office.

In addition to The Leftovers, Brown has had roles on Grey's Anatomy, Will, Stitchers and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, among other series. She joins a cast that includes Anna Deavere Smith (Nurse Jackie) and Ben Rappaport (The Good Wife).

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{blackbabes} Venus upset by Australian qualifier in Cincinnati

 

Reuters) - Ninth seed Venus Williams was upset 6-3 2-6 6-2 by Australian qualifier Ashleigh Barty in the second round of the Cincinnati Open on Wednesday, hampering the American's U.S. Open preparations.

Williams, the runner-up at the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year, fell behind 4-1 in the decisive set after dropping serve in the third and fifth games.

After grabbing control of the match, the 21-year-old Barty showed plenty of poise and served out to love in the final game to close out the contest in one hour and 50 minutes.

The Australian had captured the first set on her fourth set point when she drove a stinging forehand to the back corner of the court that Williams had no chance to reach, but then put up little fight in the second set.

Barty will face either former world number one Caroline Wozniacki or Russia's Elena Vesnina in the round of 16.

American 16th seed Madison Keys beat Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-2 6-1 to reach the last 16, where she will face fourth-seeded Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza of Spain.

Eighth-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova also reached the third round with a 6-3 6-4 win over Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva to set up a showdown against Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro, who advanced with a 6-2 6-2 win over Serbian Aleksandra Krunic.

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{blackbabes} Suits Spinoff Starring Gina Torres: New Details on Plot, Setting and Airdate

Jessica Pearson's future has become a whole lot clearer, as new details emerge regarding the Gina Torres-fronted Suits spinoff.

The USA Network drama's Season 7 finale will double as a backdoor pilot for the potential spinoff, the basic cabler announced on Wednesday — and unlike Suits, it will not be a legal drama. Instead, the potential series will focus on Jessica's new life in the world of Chicago politics. The official logline for the episode reads as follows:

The pivotal Season 7 finale will reunite Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman), Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty) and Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle) with their old friend Pearson as she adjusts to her new life in the Windy City. When she is forced to enter the dirty world of Chicago politics, Pearson must rely on her legal wits and valiant relationships from Pearson Specter Litt to navigate this unknown territory.

"The powerhouse character of Jessica Pearson, expertly brought to life by the incomparable Gina Torres, has won the hearts of television fans everywhere," Chris McCumber, President of Entertainment Networks at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, said in a statement. "USA Network is beyond thrilled to work with Gina, Aaron Korsh, the entire Suits producing team and our partners at UCP to explore the exciting next phase of Jessica's story."

The special episode, set to air in early 2018, will be directed by Suits alum Anton Cropper. Doug Liman, David Bartis and Gene Klein will serve as executive producers, alongside series creator Aaron Korsh.

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{blackbabes} Expectant Serena aims for 'outrageous' Australian Open comeback

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Los Angeles (AFP) - Serena Williams, feeling "new power" from her pregnancy, is already preparing for an Australian Open title defense in January.

In a wide-ranging interview with Vogue touching on motherhood, body image and race, Williams said she had set herself a goal of playing Melbourne.

"It's the most outrageous plan," the 36-year-old Williams, who is expecting her first child next month.

"I just want to put that out there. That's, like, three months after I give birth. I'm not walking anything back, but I'm just saying it's pretty intense."

Williams said during her pregnancy layoff she had kept a close eye on the tennis world, including her sister Venus's run to the Wimbledon final.

And she has her eye on matching Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles. She was already pregnant when she won her 23rd at the Australian Open last January.

"Obviously, if I have a chance to go out there and catch up with Margaret, I am not going to pass that up," Williams said. "If anything, this pregnancy has given me a new power."

Williams says she's had a "love-hate relationship with the idea of power" as it relates to her game, sometimes irked that her skill and strategy seemed to be overlooked.

"As I've gotten older I've started to feel differently about it. Power is beauty. Strength is beauty. So now on the court I want people to think that I'm powerful," she said.

But she's dismayed to think that many interpret her on-court determination as "mean" -- something she believes has to do with race.

"I feel like people think I'm mean," she says. "Really tough and really mean and really street. I believe that the other girls in the locker room will say, 'Serena's really nice.' But Maria Sharapova, who might not talk to anybody, might be perceived by the public as nicer. Why is that? Because I'm black and so I look mean? That's the society we live in. That's life. They say African-Americans have to be twice as good, especially women. I'm perfectly OK with having to be twice as good."

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{blackbabes} Sanaa Lathan, Ernie Hudson Cast In Netflix Film ‘Nappily Ever After’

Sanaa Lathan has been tapped to star in the Netflix original film Nappily Ever After, with Wadjda helm Haifaa Al-Mansour attached to direct. Ernie Hudson also has been cast of the pic, which is based on the book by Trisha R. Thomas. Tina Chism drafted the script with rewrites from Lisa Loomer, Adam Brooks and most recently filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood.

Nappily Ever After centers on Violet Jones (Lathan), who has a seemingly flawless life until an accident at the hair dresser causes things in her life to unravel and she begins to realize that she was living the life she thought she was supposed to live, not the one that she really wanted. She starts to put the pieces back together with a little help from a soulful barber and his young daughter. Violet finds the courage to cast off some of the things that she didn't really need, starting with the perfectly straightened hair, and find a life that has real meaning.

Hudson portrays Lathan's father, Richard, who makes big change in his life to become a male model.

Tracey Bing (Southside With You), Marc Platt, Jared Leboff and Lathan are producing the film, which will begin shooting this month in Atlanta. Exec producers are Benedict Carver, Vincent Cirrincione and Mark Moran.

The pic marks a reunion for Prince-Bythewood and Lathan, as the two recently worked together on the Fox miniseries Shots Fired and Lathan starred in Prince-Bythewood's 2000 sports drama Love & Basketball. She next will been seen in CBS Films' Michael Cuesta-helmed American Assassin, with Dylan O'Brien, Michael Keaton and Taylor Kitsch. Lathan is repped by ICM and attorney Stephen Barnes.

Hudson, who recurs on the Neflix series Grace and Frankie and recently signed on to star in indie film The Family Business, is repped by APA and Zero Gravity Management.

Repped by UTA and attorney Craig Emanuel, Al-Mansour directed Mary Shelley, with Maisie Williams and Elle Fanning, which will premiere at Toronto next month.

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{blackbabes} 'Aunt' Venus preparing for Serena's baby and US Open

Venus Williams of the United States hits a shot against Elina Svitolina of Ukraine during Day 6 of the Rogers Cup at Aviva Centre on August 10, 2017 in Toronto, Canada

Cincinnati (AFP) - Wimbledon and Australian Open runner-up Venus Williams is preparing this week for the US Open and to become a new aunt with sister Serena giving birth to a baby soon.

Ninth-ranked Venus advanced Tuesday to the second round at the WTA Cincinnati Open by eliminating US compatriot Alison Riske 6-2, 6-0 in 66 minutes.

But off the court, she's doing some online shopping for Serena's baby, and getting some valuable advice from her mother, Oracene Price, who has raised five daughters.

"I have a lot of things in my cart that I'm about to order," Venus Williams said. "I talked to my mom yesterday. I'm like, 'Mom, what do you really, really need?' So she really gave me the low-down.

"So I'm going to get this stuff and as things progress I'll see what I need after."

Serena and her fiancee, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, have said they plan to keep the sex of the baby a surprise until birth.

Serena, 35, was pregnant when she beat Venus, 37, in an Australian Open final that was more all-Williams than either knew, winning a 23rd career Grand Slam singles crown, one shy of Margaret Court's all-time record.

In April, Serena revealed on social media that she was pregnant. She is expected to give birth in about another month.

With Serena sidelined, seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus has picked up the family mantle and turned back the clock, making a run to the Wimbledon final last month, losing to Spain's Garbine Muguruza in a bid for her first Slam crown since 2008.

Venus, who won five Wimbledon and two US Open titles, has been an aunt before, but not when she was old enough to do some serious spoiling and spending on the new arrival.

"This is the first time I've been an aunt as an adult," she said. "So it's a completely different experience than before when I was a child."

After a third-round exit in Toronto last week, Williams hopes to put the final fine tuning on her game this week ahead of the year's final Grand Slam that begins August 28 in New York.

"I just want to play free and feel confident. That's important," Williams said. "I need to play my best at all the big events.

"Today was about being measured and being patient and trying to just capitalize on the match."

Williams, who won her 49th career WTA singles crown last year at Kaohsiung, said she doesn't feel pressure to win the title this week.

"Not really, but I want to (feel that pressure)," she said. "I want to win every match. The aim is to get out there and be better every single time."

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{blackbabes} Serena Williams doesn’t think she’s a ‘baby person’

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Despite being nearly eight months pregnant, Serena Williams confessed she doesn't think of herself as a "baby person."

"The biggest thing is that I don't really think I'm a baby person," the tennis legend, 35, quipped to Vogue. "Not yet. That's something I have to work on. I'm so used to me-me-me, taking care of my health, my body, my career. I always ask, 'Am I going to be good enough?'"

While her fiancé Alexis Ohanian has no doubts Williams will be a great mom, there is the tiny matter of the delivery.

"I'm nervous about childbirth," she admitted. "I'm not a spring chicken. The one thing I really want is an epidural, which I know a lot of people are against, but I've had surgeries galore, and I don't need to experience any more pain if I can avoid it."

While the couple claim they don't know the baby's sex, one thing is settled — he or she will grow up loving French culture as much as Williams. Not only does she keep an apartment in Paris, she's searching for a bilingual nanny to help with baby duties. The nursery will also have a French theme as she recently picked out wall art featuring a medieval French poem by Charles d'Orléans.

While Williams seems to be enjoying her pregnancy, she's already thinking about what comes next, specifically January 2018 when she will defend her Australian Open title.

"It's the most outrageous plan," she said. "I just want to put that out there. That's, like, three months after I give birth. I'm not walking anything back, but I'm just saying it's pretty intense."

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{blackbabes} ‘Star’: Michael Michele Cast As Series Regular In Season 2 Of Fox Series

ER alumna Michael Michele is set for a key series regular role on Season 2 of Fox's hit music drama series Star.

Michele will play Ayanna, described as a modern day black Alexis Carrington. She's the new president of the girls' record label, and money is the bottom line for her. She knows the music business is changing and is driven to do whatever it takes to make her label relevant.

Co-created by Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy, Star follows three talented singers – running from their pasts and desperate for a new start – with ambitions of stardom, as they navigate the cutthroat music business. Michele joins series stars Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt, Jude Demorest, Brittany O'Grady, Ryan Destiny, Amiyah Scott, Quincy Brown and Miss Lawrence.

Known for her role as Cleo Finch on ER, Michele most recently guest-starred on MacGyver, Blue Bloods and The Following and recurred on Gossip Girl.

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MOVIES

Choice Action Movie (#ChoiceActionMovie)
Wonder Woman 

Choice Action Movie Actor (#ChoiceActionMovieActor)
Chris Pine – Wonder Woman

Choice Action Movie Actress (#ChoiceActionMovieActress)
Gal Gadot – Wonder Woman

Choice Sci-Fi Movie (#ChoiceSciFiMovie
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actor (#ChoiceSciFiMovieActor)
Chris Pratt – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actress (#ChoiceSciFiMovieActress)
Zoe Saldana – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Choice Fantasy Movie (#ChoiceFantasyMovie)
Beauty and the Beast

Choice Fantasy Movie Actor (#ChoiceFantasyMovieActor)
Dwayne Johnson – Moana

Choice Fantasy Movie Actress (#ChoiceFantasyMovieActress)
Emma Watson – Beauty and the Beast

Choice Drama Movie (#ChoiceDramaMovie)
Everything, Everything

Choice Drama Movie Actor (#ChoiceDramaMovieActor)
Kian Lawley – Before I Fall

Choice Drama Movie Actress (#ChoiceDramaMovieActress)
Emma Watson – The Circle

Choice Comedy Movie (#ChoiceComedyMovie)
Finding Dory

Choice Comedy Movie Actor (#ChoiceComedyMovieActor)
Zac Efron – Baywatch 

Choice Comedy Movie Actress (#ChoiceComedyMovieActress)
Ellen DeGeneres – Finding Dory

Choice Summer Movie (#ChoiceSummerMovie)
Spider-Man: Homecoming

Choice Summer Movie Actor (#ChoiceSummerMovieActor)
Tom Holland – Spider-Man: Homecoming

Choice Summer Movie Actress (#ChoiceSummerMovieActress)
Zendaya – Spider-Man: Homecoming

Choice Movie Villain (#ChoiceMovieVillain)
Luke Evans – Beauty and the Beast

Choice Breakout Movie Star (#ChoiceBreakoutMovieStar)
Auli'i Cravalho – Moana

Choice MovieShip (#ChoiceMovieShip)
Emma Watson & Dan Stevens – Beauty and the Beast

TELEVISION

Choice Drama TV Show (#ChoiceDramaTVShow)
Riverdale

Choice Drama TV Actor (#ChoiceDramaTVActor)
Cole Sprouse – Riverdale

Choice Drama TV Actress (#ChoiceDramaTVActress)
Lucy Hale – Pretty Little Liars

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show (#ChoiceSciFiTVShow)
The Vampire Diaries

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor (#ChoiceSciFiTVActor)
Dylan O'Brien – Teen Wolf

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress (#ChoiceSciFiTVActress)
Kat Graham – The Vampire Diaries

Choice Action TV Show (#ChoiceActionTVShow)
The Flash

Choice Action TV Actor (#ChoiceActionTVActor)
Grant Gustin – The Flash

Choice Action TV Actress (#ChoiceActionTVActress)
Melissa Benoist – Supergirl

Choice Comedy TV Show (#ChoiceComedyTVShow)
Fuller House

Choice Comedy TV Actor (#ChoiceComedyTVActor)
Jean-Luc Bilodeau – Baby Daddy

Choice Comedy TV Actress (#ChoiceComedyTVActress)
Candace Cameron Bure – Fuller House

Choice Animated TV Show (#ChoiceAnimatedTVShow)
Family Guy

Choice Reality TV Show (#ChoiceRealityTVShow)
The Voice

Choice Throwback TV Show (#ChoiceThrowbackTVShow)
One Tree Hill

Choice TV Personality (#ChoiceTVPersonality)
Ellen DeGeneres – The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Choice Summer TV Show (#ChoiceSummerTVShow)
Teen Wolf

Choice Summer TV Actor (#ChoiceSummerTVActor)
Tyler Posey – Teen Wolf

Choice Summer TV Actress (#ChoiceSummerTVActress)
Holland Roden – Teen Wolf

Choice TV Villain (#ChoiceTVVillain)
Janel Parrish – Pretty Little Liars

Choice Breakout TV Show (#ChoiceBreakoutTVShow)
Riverdale

Choice Breakout TV Star (#ChoiceBreakoutTVStar)
Lili Reinhart – Riverdale

Choice TVShip (#ChoiceTVShip)
#BUGHEAD (Lili Reinhart & Cole Sprouse) – Riverdale

MUSIC

Choice Male Artist (#ChoiceMaleArtist)
Harry Styles

Choice Female Artist (#ChoiceFemaleArtist)
Ariana Grande

Choice Music Group (#ChoiceMusicGroup)
Fifth Harmony

Choice Country Artist (#ChoiceCountryArtist)
Carrie Underwood

Choice Electronic/Dance Artist (#ChoiceElectronicDanceArtist)
Calvin Harris

Choice Latin Artist (#ChoiceLatinArtist)
CNCO

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist (#ChoiceRBHipHopArtist)
Beyoncé

Choice Rock Artist (#ChoiceRockArtist)
Harry Styles

Choice Song: Female Artist (#ChoiceSongFemaleArtist)
Camila Cabello – "Crying in the Club"

Choice Song: Male Artist (#ChoiceSongMaleArtist)
Niall Horan – "Slow Hands"

Choice Song: Group (#ChoiceSongGroup)
Fifth Harmony (feat. Gucci Mane) – "Down"

Choice Collaboration (#ChoiceCollaboration)
Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson – "Just Hold On"

Choice Summer Song (#ChoiceSummerSong)
"Despacito" – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee (feat. Justin Bieber)

Choice Summer Female Artist (#ChoiceSummerFemaleArtist)
Camila Cabello

Choice Summer Male Artist (#ChoiceSummerMaleArtist)
Shawn Mendes

Choice Summer Group (#ChoiceSummerGroup)
Fifth Harmony

Choice Summer Tour (#ChoiceSummerTour)
Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman Tour

DIGITAL

Choice Female Web Star (#ChoiceFemaleWebStar)
Liza Koshy

Choice Male Web Star (#ChoiceMaleWebStar)
Logan Paul

Choice Comedy Web Star (#ChoiceComedyWebStar)
Logan Paul

Choice Music Web Star (#ChoiceMusicWebStar)
Jake Paul

Choice Fashion/Beauty Web Star (#ChoiceBeautyWebStar)
NikkieTutorials

Choice Gamer (#ChoiceGamer)
Ryan Ohmwrecker – ohmwrecker

Choice Twit (#ChoiceTwit)
Ellen DeGeneres

Choice Instagrammer (#ChoiceInstagrammer)
Selena Gomez

Choice Snapchatter (#ChoiceSnapchatter)
Ariana Grande

Choice YouTuber (#ChoiceYouTuber)
Jake Paul

Choice Muser (#ChoiceMuser)
Baby Ariel 

MUSIC

Choice Pop Song (#ChoicePopSong)
"Shape of You" – Ed Sheeran

Choice Country Song (#ChoiceCountrySong)
"Body Like a Back Road" – Sam Hunt

Choice Electronic/Dance Song (#ChoiceElectronicDanceSong)
"Know No Better" – Major Lazer (feat. Travis Scott, Camila Cabello & Quavo)

Choice Latin Song (#ChoiceLatinSong)
"Despacito" – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee (feat. Justin Bieber)

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song (#ChoiceRBHipHopSong)
"I'm The One" – DJ Khaled (feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne)

Choice Rock/Alternative Song (#ChoiceRockSong)
"Believer" – Imagine Dragons

Choice Breakout Artist (#ChoiceBreakoutArtist)
Chance the Rapper

Choice Next Big Thing (#ChoiceNextBigThing)
Grace VanderWaal 

OTHER

Choice Comedian (#ChoiceComedian)
The Dolan Twins

Choice Male Athlete (#ChoiceMaleAthlete)
Stephen Curry

Choice Female Athlete (#ChoiceFemaleAthlete)
Simone Biles

Choice Liplock (#ChoiceLipLock)
Dan Stevens & Emma Watson – Beauty and the Beast

Choice Hissy Fit (#ChoiceHissyFit)
Madelaine Petsch – Riverdale

Choice Scene Stealer (#ChoiceSceneStealer)
Camila Mendes – Riverdale

Choice Style Icon (#ChoiceStyleIcon)
Harry Styles

Choice Female Hottie (#ChoiceFemaleHottie)
Camila Cabello

Choice Male Hottie (#ChoiceMaleHottie)
Shawn Mendes

Choice Changemaker (#ChoiceChangemaker)
Ariana Grande

Choice Videogame (#ChoiceVideoGame)
Overwatch

Choice Dancer (#ChoiceDancer)
Maddie Ziegler

Choice Model (#ChoiceModel)
Kendall Jenner

Choice Fandom
Fifth Harmony

Choice International Artist
BTS

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