Sista Goals! Venus and Serena Donate $1 Million to ATA in Dad’s Honor

 

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A century ago, when the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association formalized a policy barring African-American players, the American Tennis Association – the ATA – was born.

It had to be born.

As it celebrates its 100th anniversary, the oldest African-American sporting organization in the U.S. has ambitious goals.

And Serena and Venus Williams may play a major role in helping the organization cement its legacy.

The ATA wants to set down permanent roots to help ensure African-American kids get every opportunity to thrive in the sport.

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To that end, it plans to build a new facility in south Florida. The location, subject to municipal procedures, is set for the city of Miramar’s regional park. The complex, to be called the ATA Tennis and Education Complex, will house the association’s relocated offices as well as a museum.

And it also will include a national training centre for promising young African-American players. The first major news is the imminent announcement that the first inductee into the ATA’s new Hall of Fame will be … Richard Williams.

There will be a stadium court in the middle of the proposed new complex. And in appreciation of the court being named after their father, Tennis.Life has learned that daughters Venus and Serena intend to endow the project with a hefty sum – $1 million.

Now 75, Williams did the seemingly impossible when he brought daughters Serena and Venus from the pitted courts of Compton, California to sporting immortality.The first two phases will cost about $7 million. First will be tennis courts and the ATA offices. Phase 2 will add more courts, and the museum.“Not only will it be a permanent home, but it also will help the development of the city,” Tucker said. In addition to being an ATA member, Tucker also is vice-president of multicultural business development for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The organization has been trying for decades to make this a reality. There were plans even as far back as 20 years ago in south Florida.

(Written by Tennis Life)

How #Black Girls Rock Turned into #White Girls Rock

"It don't get no better" Letoya Luckett voice

“It don’t get no better” Letoya Luckett voice

So, Sunday was Black girls rock day. Everyday should be Black Girls Rock day. But, Sunday made it official with a BET award show full of mocha, chocolate, caramel and almond skinned women graciously celebrating their talents with each other. It’s one of the rare award shows where no one is getting crunk. There are no wardrobe malfunctions or lap dances taking center stage. The spotlight is on sisterhood and mentorship–something we sorely need today.

Anyway, I will step away from my pulpit because I don’t mean to preach, I’m just sayin…there are only so many award shows where your eyes start to bleed from the twerk fest. So, Sunday I have my BLACK GIRLS ROCK chant on repeat–easily becoming a drinking game–and lo and behold the Twitter chorus goes from Black Girls Rock to this:

https://twitter.com/sabrinadeeleyyy/status/398098294720958464

https://twitter.com/Mynameis_mac/status/397171900146663425

Ya’ll get the picture.

Apparently, some people (and it’s not just the Caucasian persuasion) caught feelings about a two hour show honoring brown sisters achievements. Hmph. That sounds familiar. I believe we were sitting in that same shady section a month ago when “we” sat through a THREE hour award show to see if Ms. Kerry (may have a bun in the oven) Washington would walk away with an Emmy. Well, we slinked back in our chairs and quietly quoted Avril Lavigne’s “So Much for My Happy Ending” when that dream died.

Or the feelings of exclusion could be compared to when the fall glossies come out highlighting breakout stars in TV and Film. If “we” aren’t Casper the ghost on the front page, we are ‘Where is Waldo’ on the inside. If we are seen we really aren’t. Nearly every timeAnd as for those who believe its racist to tip a hat to a group of women that are banding together to rip off the “angry,” “petty,” “violent,” and “invisible” labels slapped on “our” foreheads and inside them perpetuated by reality shows, I urge you click the link and listen to the three voices below.

Girlfriends founder and producer extraordnaire Mara Brock Akil

Girlfriends founder and extraordnaire

http://www.bet.com/video/blackgirlsrock/2013/acceptance-speeches/shot-caller-mara-brock-akil.html

Marian Wright Edelman Founder of the Children's Defense Fund and Head Start & Nia Long

Marian Wright Edelman Founder of the Children’s Defense Fund and Head Start and Nia Long

http://www.bet.com/video/blackgirlsrock/2013/acceptance-speeches/social-humanitarian-marian-wright-edelman.html?cid=facebook

Founder of Black Girls Rock Beverly Bond

Founder of Black Girls Rock Beverly Bond

http://www.bet.com/video/blackgirlsrock/2013/highlights/beverly-bond-speech.html

And the voices that have yet to fully roar:

Brooklyn Wright for teaching youngsters to be a REAL superhero among her peers and teaching them to be green.

Ty-Licia Hooker for being an advocate for education and mentoring by founding an organization that was adopted by a University.

Mary Pat Hector for being one of the youngest activist working with Al Sharpton for non-violence.

IFYOUBLINKED: A special queen curtsey to: Venus Williams for initiating equity prize money for women in the sport of Tennis;  Amena Matthews for courageously stepping in front of Chicago gang-bangers to stop them from turning her beloved Chicago into Chiraq, and Eunique Jones Gibson for teaching kids their ancestors through an innovative calendar. These sheros are breaking down barriers for ALL women.

I’M A BLACK GIRL THAT ROCKS!!! **takes a sip out of flask**