New Black Girl Magic

I must admit, I have never really been a fan of tennis, but recently my bae sat down and explained the game to me and now that I understand how things work and now that I can follow the game I actually enjoy watching it.  Another thing that has me checking tournament schedules and sitting in front of the TV is all of the #BlackGirlMagic I see on the screen.  So now we don’t only have to watch Venus and Serena we have so many more talented tennis players to watch.

Venus and Serena are not the only two faces we see in tennis that look like us.  I love watching the Williams sisters play, their strength, power and control are bar none.  They show with each and every match they play that their star status was not given to them that it was earned.  And while they are aging out in tennis years, they have blazed a trail that is being followed by a new batch of strong, dedicated and winning African American girls and girls of color.  Not only are these talented young ladies following this trail they are paying homage to the two sisters from Compton, California that made more girls like me take a notice to the game of tennis.

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So if you are not a tennis fan, I encourage you to get to know the game or if nothing else watch these rising stars as they take their place among the tennis elite.

Sloane Stephens                                                                                                                           Sloane just won the Miami Open a few days ago and she is definitely one to watch.  A native of Plantation, Florida this young woman is a tennis star on the rise.  Sloane also won the US open last year (2017) and has at least 6 singles titles under her belt.  Her athleticism and power during her matches make her great to watch.  She is definitely going places and will be winning more titles in her career.

Sachia Vickery                                                                                                                           Another Florida native, Sachia Vickery is just as enjoyable to watch as the Williams sisters and Sloane Stephens.  Vickery admits that Serena Williams is one of her idols as well as tennis great Martina Hingis.  My first time watching Sachia was during the Indian Wells Tennis tournament and she was powerful as she took out the third seed to advance.  She did not win the tournament however she did give an amazing performance.

Naomi Osaka                                                                                                                                 Osaka, born in Japan won the Women’s Division of the Indian Wells tournament.  Osaka the daughter of a Haitian father and Japanese mother was a silent threat.  You can tell by her demeanor that she is shy, but she is not shy on the tennis court.  She was able to advance through each round, even taking out Sachia Vickery at the Indian Wells BNP Paribas tournament to win the title.  The 20 year old was able to walk away with the largest amount of prize money in her career.  There is so much more to be seen from this talented powerhouse.

Madison Keys                                                                                                                         Rounding out this list of #BlackGirlMagic tennis players to watch is Madison Keys.  Madison is from Illinois (yaaa for a homestate representative) and she is just as dynamic on the tennis court as Sloane, Sachia and Naomi.  Madison’s tennis idol is Roger Federer and he is definitely a great person to admire.  Madison is coached by former tennis great Lindsay Davenport and is ranked in the top 10 of players in the Women’s Tennis Association.  I haven’t yet seen her play but I am looking forward to it.

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The best thing about each of these young women is that there are at the beginning of their tennis careers and they have a long was to go.  I look forward to many more years of watching them play and watching them keep the mantel that Venus and Serena created.  The strength, power and professionalism of these young women make them great already with only greater things ahead of them.  Look out WTA, #BlackGirlMagic on the rise.

 

Be Blessed! Be Fabulous!

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The Season for Black Girl Magic

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Summer is coming to an end and fall is fast approaching.  As we move into the fall season it is also a time to look at all of the wonderful collaborations and products being added to the market my African American females.  Here is just a snap shot of what is coming.  Check back this week as I go into more detailed on each of the items highlighted here.

Entertainment

I recently read an article about a new Sex and the Cityesque show by for an about African women.  The YouTube show An African City is just that.  A refreshing take on the adventures and misadventures of single professional African women navigating dating, relationships, careers and friendships.  Much like the Sex and the City series, all of the main characters are single, professional women and their collective experiences in the world of dating and relationships.  It is a show I would recommend.

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Fashion

On the fashion front, there is the company Nubian Skin, which specializes in underwear and hosiery in our colors of the rainbow.  Their shades are specifically geared toward skin tones for women of color which is refreshing since it can be difficult to find nudes or neutral shades that are a good match to ethnic skin-tones.  Their latest addition is sleepwear, another great addiction from this awesome and affordable line of hosiery and lingerie.

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If you enjoy makeup as much as I do and I loooove makeup then this next collaboration will be just as exciting for you as it was for me.  Taraji P. Henson has collaborated with MAC to create a line of makeup that will be on sale September 6, 2016 (just in time for my birthday).  This collaboration will be a six piece collection which will include mascara, skin finish and lipstick.

taraji-embed Finally, for all of the Scandal fans, Kerry Washington, has teamed up with OPI for a new fall line of nail polish that is just as dramatic as Scandal and Olivia Pope.  The 15 color collection was released this month and has colors that are as attention grabbing as the storylines on Scandal.  If you value your manicure and pedicures as much as I do, be on the lookout for these dynamic colors which are sure to be the highlight of your fall accessories.

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Stay tuned as I provide more detailed information on all of these exciting installments of Black Girl Magic.

 

Stay Blessed, Stay Fabulous

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