Billie Jean King Says Serena Williams Is Treated Differently Than Male Athletes as WTA Backs Her

After Serena Williams‘ controversial loss to Japan’s Naomi Osaka at Saturday’s U.S. Open Women’s Final — during which Williams received three violations and confronted the chair umpire, whom she called a “thief” — tennis great Billie Jean King is addressing major factors that she says played a role in how the game transpired: Williams’ gender and race.

King, 74, writes in an op-ed The Washington Post published Sunday, “The ceiling that women of color face on their path to leadership never felt more impenetrable than it did at the women’s U.S. Open final on Saturday.”

Williams, 36, was fined $ 17,000 from her $ 1.85 million prize money for her three violations: $ 10,000 for verbally abusing the umpire, Carlos Ramos; $ 4,000 for receiving a warning about coaching; and $ 3,000 for breaking a racket. Critics called some of the punishments sexist, claiming that males exhibit the same emotion on the court without being penalized.

“What was supposed to be a memorable moment for tennis, with Serena Williams, perhaps the greatest player of all time, facing off against Naomi Osaka, the future of our sport, turned into another example of people in positions of power abusing that power,” argues King, the 39-time Grand Slam winner who was portrayed by Emma Stone in the 2017 biopic Battle of the Sexes.

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After receiving the game penalty for court violation, Williams told Ramos, “You will never, ever, ever be on another court of mine as long as you live. You are the liar. When are you going to give me my apology? You owe me an apology. Say it. Say you’re sorry. … And you stole a point from me. You’re a thief, too!”

As King sees it, Ramos treated Williams differently than how he would treat male tennis pros. “Women are treated differently in most arenas of life,” writes King for the Post. “This is especially true for women of color. And what played out on the court yesterday happens far too often. It happens in sports, in the office and in public service. Ultimately, a woman was penalized for standing up for herself. A woman faced down sexism, and the match went on.”

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For King, Williams’ struggle — and the way she reacted to it — is a teachable moment for women. “I understand what motivated Williams to do what she did,” King writes for the Post. “And I hope every single girl and woman watching yesterday’s match realizes they should always stand up for themselves and for what they believe is right. Nothing will ever change if they don’t.”

On Saturday, Williams’ was given a third violation for illegal coaching from her player box during the first set against Osaka, 20. Williams told Ramos, “I don’t cheat to win, I’d rather lose. I’m just letting you know.”

“If tennis would catch up with the 21st century and allow coaching on every point, the situation on the court would never have escalated to the level of absurdity that it did,” writes King for the Post. “Every player, after all, still has to play the match — she has to execute on every point, and she should never be held responsible for the actions of a coach. Coaching happens all the time, at all levels of tennis. So why not just allow it?”

King cites her personal experience in the Post piece, explaining how she relates to Williams: “I found myself in similar situations in my career; once, I even walked off the court in protest. It wasn’t my proudest moment, but it may have been one of my more powerful ones.”

Ultimately, writes King in the Post, “Ramos crossed the line. He made himself part of the match. He involved himself in the end result. An umpire’s job is to keep control of the match, and he let it get out of control. The rules are what they are, but the umpire has discretion, and Ramos chose to give Williams very little latitude in a match where the stakes were highest.”

However, King notes in the Post, “Williams could have taken some responsibility and moved on after the first warning (and, speaking from experience, it’s debatable whether she knew this was a warning or not), and before the point and game penalties started flying.”

Another tennis great also came to Williams’ defense this past weekend: Novak Djokovic, 31, who won the U.S. Open Men’s Final on Sunday night. When asked what he thought about the incident between the 23-time Grand Slam winner and Ramos, he responded, “I have my personal opinion that maybe the chair umpire should not have pushed Serena to the limit, especially in a Grand Slam final … He did change the course of the match. It was, in my opinion, maybe unnecessary. We all go through our emotions, especially when you’re fighting for a Grand Slam trophy.”

As accusations of sexism continue to fly at tennis officials and institutions from players and fans alike, the Women’s Tennis Association elected to side with Williams. WTA CEO Steve Simon showed support in a statement released on the organization’s website.

“Yesterday also brought to the forefront the question of whether different standards are applied to men and women in the officiating of matches,” wrote Simon. “The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same. We do not believe that this was done last night.”

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Once the match concluded, Williams didn’t shake the umpire’s hand and she continued demanding an apology as the crowd roared with boos.

During the post-match trophy ceremony, Williams addressed the crowd, saying, “Well, I don’t want to be rude, I don’t want to do questions. played well, this is her first Grand Slam. I know you guys were here rooting. Let’s make this the best moment we can. Let’s not boo anymore. We’re gonna get through this and we’re gonna be positive. No more booing!”

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Fighting back tears after the match, Osaka said, “I know that everybody was cheering for her. I’m sorry it had to end like this. I just want to say thank you for watching the match.”

King also showed support for Osaka in her Post piece, writing, “Lost in the craziness of the evening was the fact that Osaka played excellent tennis and won her first major title. Competing against her childhood idol, she summoned her A game and earned her championship — no need for any asterisk in the record book. She was the best player on the court Saturday.”


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Rapper Pusha T, who made headlines this year for his epic war of words with Drake, has tied the knot with longtime love Virginia Williams.

The wedding took place on Saturday at the historic Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach. The happy pair had some very famous friends on hand to help them celebrate. Pharrell Williams, a close friend of the groom, served as best man, while Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West enjoyed the ceremony with other guests.

Just ahead of the ceremony, Kardashian posted video of her glam ensemble on Instagram. Posing in front of a mirror, she showed off her gold Balmain mini dress, which she paired with a sparkling Judith Leiber clutch that’s shaped like a retro cell phone. After showing off her look, the reality star announced, “Mr. West is in the building!” turning the camera on her husband, who was adjusting his black suit.

The joyous occasion comes in the midst of a busy year for Pusha T (né Terrence Thornton), who’s the current president of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music record label. Pusha T dropped his West-produced new album Daytona on May 23, and its cover art immediately caused controversy.

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For tennis star Serena Williams, joining the fight against domestic and financial violence is crucial to not only being a strong role model, but to being a mother to 9-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia.

The athlete has teamed up with Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse initiative where she aims to be a powerful voice to speak up for others who may not be able to.

“These women probably can’t use their voice so it’s important for them to know that there are people out there that are using their voice and letting them know that there is a place, that we can do something about it,” the superstar said at an event for the initiative on Wednesday.

According to Allstate, one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, with 99 percent of cases being financial abuse. As a new mother, these shocking statistics really hit home, Williams, 36, told PEOPLE.

“Having a daughter means that she’s one in four. Hopefully those stats don’t go up by the time she’s dating and meeting people, but they can if you don’t make people aware of it,” she said.

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Williams recalled wanting to join Purple Purse after realizing how little she knew about the subject, figuring that many other people were in the dark about the issue as well.

“ is a subject that people are not really comfortable talking about, but sometimes talking about the uncomfortable is what we have to do,” Williams said. “We’re doing that now with Me Too, with Times Up, and I feel like we’re making those steps. We want to make this a movement.”

As a frequent advocate for women’s rights and equal pay in sports, Williams doesn’t shy away from reminding women that their voice deserves to be heard. The best advice she can give to both her daughter and women today is to “always speak up, and from the first day.”

“If you keep letting it go on, the situation gets worse and worse until you’re just completely downtrodden,” she added.

As an ambassador for the organization, Williams wants to bring awareness through education and social media. Last fall, the four-time Olympic gold medalist designed a purple purse in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and is gearing up to unveil her new design for this year.

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“When I designed it, that was kind of the mindset…for it to be enough for you to take just what you need, your essentials,” Williams told PEOPLE.

On Wednesday, Williams took part in unveiling Purple Purse’s first installment of six “Instagram-able” murals as part of a national campaign to educate the public on the issue of domestic abuse. The first work was done by local artist Isabel Castillo Guijarro in NYC, and five additional murals will be created by local female artists in Houston, Seattle, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Williams snapped a picture in front of the mural with Allstate’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations, Vicky Dinges, and is using her strong following on social media to help make the invisible weapon of financial abuse more visible to the world.

“By tapping into the growing popularity of free street art and turning it into a vehicle for social good, we hope these murals will bring financial abuse and domestic violence out of the shadows, and inspire a new network of allies for domestic violence survivors,” said Dinges.

 

As a mother to young Olympia, Williams expressed her strong belief in educating young boys about what is acceptable and not acceptable, and to know that they need to support the cause. “The key word for me is men,” says Williams, adding, “It’s a human rights issue. We should just want to be better humans.”


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Have Porsha Williams and Phaedra Parks finally patched things up?

Over the weekend, the former Real Housewives of Atlanta costars reunited for a friend’s birthday party, marking the first time the two have been spotted together since their friendship fell apart over a year ago.

In a video obtained by The Shade Room, Williams, 36, and Parks, 44, can both be seen in costume, happily posing for photos together.

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Parks came under fire last year after admitting she spread inflammatory accusations to Williams that their RHOA costar Kandi Burruss and her husband Todd Tucker had planned on drugging Williams and their mutual friend Shamea Morton in order to take advantage of them sexually.

Williams also faced backlash for repeatings Parks’ accusations throughout season 9 because she believed the claims had come directly from Burruss.

In the final episode of the reunion, Parks apologized for spreading the gossip.

“I repeated it because I heard it,” she said. “I repeated what someone told me. I shouldn’t have repeated it. I screwed up … I’m sorry.”

Parks was later let go from the show after revealing she had heard the information from an unnamed source.

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Last year, Williams told Dish Nation that she didn’t know if she would ever be able to speak to Parks again.

“It’s difficult because I love Phaedra,” Williams said. “She was like my best friend — someone I talked to on the phone every single day. And for me to feel like she had betrayed me like that. … And the fact that I was sitting right there and watched her continue to lie on me about it.”

“That’s the part I can’t get past and I don’t know if I ever will,” she continued. “Right now, I just can’t talk to her.”


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Almost a year after he filed for divorce, the custody agreement between Jesse Williams and Aryn Drake-Lee has been ordered.

According to court documents obtained by PEOPLE, Williams and Drake-Lee were granted joint physical custody of daughter Sadie, 4, and son Maceo, 2½. Last summer, the pair was granted joint legal custody of their two children.

The documents outline a specific custodial schedule for the months when Williams, 36, is filming Grey’s Anatomy, as well as a separate schedule for when the show is not in production.

Williams and Drake-Lee will alternate custody of the kids for major holidays, such as Thanksgiving, Easter Sunday and the Fourth of July.

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Williams wed Drake-Lee, a real estate broker, in Los Angeles in September 2012. At the time, they had been dating for over five years. They first met while Williams was working as a teacher in New York.

After five years of marriage, Williams filed for divorce in April 2017.

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Prince William took on a therapist-style role as he hosted a moving video with a mother who lost her son, and a teen who contemplated suicide over cyberbullying.

The women, who were the prince’s guests at Kensington Palace, spoke to the royal dad about their deep traumas following the consequences of online abuse.

The film reveals William’s motivation for his taskforce on cyberbullying. Mom Lucy Alexander and teen Chloe Hine both contributed to the taskforce’s investigation over the last 18 months.

After the birth of his son, Prince George, William heard about a young boy “who had killed himself following a vicious campaign of online bullying,” a Kensington Palace statement says. “As he looked into the issue further it was soon clear there were many similar stories from the UK and around the world.”

He was then inspired to set up the ambitious taskforce, which brings together tech and media companies.

Last year, Lucy Alexander shared the story about her son, Felix, who took his own life following online abuse. She started her own campaign to raise awareness of the issues in an effort to ensure no other parents would suffer the heartbreak of losing a child to online bullies. “ read Lucy’s story and asked her to be one of the parents to help the taskforce better understand the impact of cyberbullying,” the statement adds.

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In the video, which ends with William giving both women a compassionate hug, Lucy Alexander says, “I sort of feel that Felix has given me a job to do – and my job is to make sure that we try and help as many other people like him.”

Chloe Hine, who was a member of William’s Taskforce Youth Panel, attempted to take her own life at 13 years old after being attacked online. She explains in the video that it was while writing a goodbye note that she found comfort in the ability to express what she had been unable to say in person. “On social media you can’t escape it, you’re constantly with that bully. People just turned against me because they thought ‘she said this one thing this one time so let’s all hate her for that’, and it just spiraled out of control from there.”

She continues: “It’s written down, so it’s there to look back at, time and time again. And if you’re in a negative space, that’s all you can see. You look for the negativity and you look for the cruel things.”

William brought together some of the world’s most recognizable names in media and tech, such as Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter and online media companies, as well as children’s charities and parents, to work alongside the panel of young people to find ways to tackle cyberbullying.

On Thursday, William is set to unveil the results of his taskforce, which was chaired by tech entrepreneur Brent Hoberman.

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American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

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Vanessa Williams Says Jean Claude Van Damme Once Said Her Eyes ‘Look Like Lasers’ (But She Took It as a Compliment!)

It goes without saying that at 54 years old, Vanessa Williams is a true American beauty. But when looking at the former Miss America, it’s hard to miss one feature: her striking bold blue eyes. And we’re not alone on that one. Apparently, Williams says she’s gotten some pretty interesting compliments about her big blues over the years.

“When I was performing at the casino in Monte Carlo and Jean Claude Van Damme came up to me after the show and said ‘Your eyes look like lasers!’ the Clear Eyes spokeswoman tells PeopleStyle. “That was a big compliment because it was unexpected and very comedic.” So it’s a fitting match to see Williams continuing her relationship with Clear Eyes by starring in the brand’s television spot called My Shining Moment, which celebrates the positive moments in people’s lives.

“I love the new catchphrase ‘Your shining moment,’ because those are the things as a parent you try to instill in your kids — to know that life is precious and there are rough times, but there are some shining moments you need to celebrate,” Williams said.

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It goes without saying the star’s had her fair share of shining moments throughout her life in the spotlight, whether it be tying the knot to her husband John Skrip or judging the Miss America competition 32 years after she originally took the crown. But Williams’ standout shining moment happened at the start of her career.

“I grew up outside N.Y.C. and always went to Broadway shows. To see my name in lights at my opening night on Broadway and to see my parents and family and all the people I had gone to school with see me star in a Broadway show back in 1994, I would probably have to say that was a collective win for us all,” the actress told us.

Because of her combined singing and acting careers, Williams has been a red-carpet regular for years. But she says walking the carpet today is a completely different experience than when she started. “It has gotten more massive as years have gone on. The initial red carpet was entering an event and saying hi and moving on,” Williams said. “Now it is a complete photoshoot — the red carpet is work! It’s another event unto itself before even getting to the main event.”

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But when Williams admits the greatest joy — besides all the glitz and glam of fame — is connecting with fans.

“I feel most like myself when I’m making a connection with someone and I see the light in their eyes,” she told us. “My favorite part about singing in front of an audience is seeing them sing along — they know every word and you can see tears in their eyes.”

What is your shining moment? Tell us yours in the comments below. 


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While we know you love using your KitchenAid Stand Mixer to make a Dark Chocolate Cake with Nutella Frosting and chocolate chip cookies, wouldn’t you also love to be able to use it to make ice cream or spiralize veggies? For a limited time,  Williams Sonoma is offering up to 40 percent off qualifying KitchenAid Mixers and Attachments, plus free fast shipping.

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Serena Williams’ Babymoon In Monaco Looked Pretty Perfect

Serena Williams is celebrating the upcoming arrival of her first child in style. 

The tennis great and her fiancé, Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian, babymooned in Monaco this past weekend. The two did a little sightseeing with friends and even watched the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. 

For the Grand Prix outing, Williams wore a beautiful, brightly colored zebra print dress: 

She even hung out with Thor himself, actor Chris Hemsworth: 

While boating with friends, Williams opted for an all-black look, from her dress to her hat: 

Chill Time

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Loved arriving in Monaco by @astonmartinlagonda AM37 powerboat! #AMArtOfLiving #AstonMartin #AM37 #MonacoGP

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During the trip, Williams and Ohanian stayed at the Chateau Eza hotel, according to Architectural Digest. The luxurious hotel was once the former residence to a Swedish prince, which makes it the perfect fit for tennis royalty like Williams. 

It looks like the two enjoyed their stay: 

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As did their friends! 

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Pharrell Williams’ New Adidas Original Sneakers

Pharrell Williams’ creative relationship with Adidas Originals has produced two new sneakers, dropping May 6.
Tennis Hu Icons includes two styles, both with white, flexible Primeknit uppers and one with a green sole and green laces, the other with a yellow sole and yellow laces. The green one looks like an aerodynamic update of the Stan Smith. The yellow one nods to the Forest Hill. The retail price is $ 130 and the shoes will be available through Adidas retail stores, e-commerce and key wholesale accounts. The line will expand in color ways and new materials throughout the year.
The Tennis Hu’s are Williams’ first “signature” sneaker for Adidas Originals. For those who are not fanatical about Adidas Originals-Williams trivia, he’s been collaborating on footwear, apparel and accessories beginning in 2014 when he put his spin on the Stan Smith with the “Solid Pack.” Since then, Adidas and Williams launched more than a dozen collaborative projects, including the Hu collection last year. “Hu” is short for “human” and the collection is centered around the idea of bringing people together and celebrating cultural differences.
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Serena Williams Pens Moving Instagram Post to Baby: ‘You Gave Me the Strength I Didn’t Know I Had’

Serena Williams can’t wait to meet her little bundle of joy.

The tennis champion took to Instagram on Monday morning, posting a moving love note to her unborn baby — just days after news broke that she and her fiancé Alexis Ohanian are expecting their first child.

“My Dearest Baby, You gave me the strength I didn’t know I had. You taught me the true meaning of serenity and peace. I can’t wait to meet you. I can’t wait for you to join the players box next year,” Williams, 35, wrote alongside a photo of herself lounging in a swimsuit.

“But most importantly, I am so happy to share being number one in the world with you …. once again today. On @alexisohanian bday. 😉 from the world’s oldest number one to the world’s youngest number one. — Your Mommy.”

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The sweet post comes as Williams appeared to be on a babymoon. Her Instagram page has been riddled with shots of the athlete on a beach.

The star broke the pregnancy news last week with a simple mirror selfie on Snapchat, writing, “20 weeks” — with her baby bump clearly visible.

A rep for the tennis star later told PEOPLE, “I’m happy to confirm Serena is expecting a baby this fall.”

The headline-making baby news comes just a few months after the tennis great announced that she is engaged to the Reddit co-founder. Williams, who likes to keep her personal life private, made the announcement in a poem on Reddit.

“I came home. A little late. Someone had a bag packed for me. And a carriage waited. Destination: Rome,” she wrote. “To escort me to my very own ‘charming.’ Back to where our stars first collided. And now it was full circle. At the same table we first met by chance.”

Williams added, “But by choice. Down on knee. He said 4 words. And I said yes.” Ohanian posted his fiancée’s Reddit announcement on Facebook, captioning it simply, “She said yes.”

Williams holds the record for the most Grand Slam titles of any player in the Open Era, clinching her 23rd at January’s Australian Open.

This will be the first child for both.


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Serena Williams Blows Kiss to Fiancé at Australian Open as She Advances to Face Sister Venus in Finals

There was love on and off the court at the Australian Open on Thursday.

After securing her victory over Croatia’s Mirjana Lučić-Baroni, Serena Williams took a moment to blow a sweet kiss to her fiancé, Alexis Ohanian, as he watched her adoringly from the stands.

In a photo of the sweet moment, the 35-year-old tennis great is shown with her right hand to her lips, preparing to blow the kiss to the Reddit co-founder.

Ohanian, 33, has proven to be one of Williams’ biggest fans, posting Instagram photos of her matches as she battles it out in the tennis tournament.

On Thursday, he praised his wife-to-be and her sister, Venus, as they both advanced to the final round of the competition.

“This is going to be a historic #WilliamsFinals at the #AusOpen,” Ohanian captioned an Instagram photo post. “I’m so proud and grateful to witness this. I hope you all will be watching these two legends AKA my fiance and sister.”

After her win, Serena told reporters it’s very meaningful to be matched up against her sister.

“This is probably the moment of our careers so far,” she said, per CNN.

“It’s the one time that I really genuinely feel like no matter what happens, I can’t lose, she can’t lose. It’s going to be a great situation,” she also said.

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The 22-time Grand Slam champion revealed her engagement to Ohanian last month. Fittingly, she broke the news in a poem — on Reddit.

Ohanian commented on Williams’ Reddit post, writing, “And you made me the happiest man on the planet.”

Williams later subtly unveiled her engagement ring in a (you guessed it) Reddit post, showing herself posing alongside Ohanian. She titled the post: “Engagement shoe game.”

She earlier opened up about the engagement during a post-match press conference after securing a first-round victory in the Australian Open, saying, “It feels good.”

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“I really haven’t thought about it too much, because I wasn’t even really gonna think about it until after the tournament,” she continued. “So, I just keep saying, ‘February, I’ll start looking at the bigger picture of my life.’ But right now I’m just so focused that this is all I can think about.”

She also gushed about Ohanian, calling him “a really nice person.”

“I think he definitely treats everyone the same, which is really cool to see,” Williams said. “Really, really nice to see.”


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Make sure to take that thing off when you play, Serena Williams. It could hurt someone.

The tennis champ flashed her rather large engagement ring on Reddit Thursday in a fun pic with fiancé Alexis Ohanian, the site’s co-founder.

Titled “Engagement Shoe Game,” the photo shows a beaming Williams playfully sporting Nikes in a skirt as she holds Ohanian. But this isn’t about the shoes. Williams not-so-slyly displays the ring. It’s a long shot but you can’t miss it.

A few days ago, Williams aced her Instagram game with a joke image of the jewelry. 

Sneak peek. ❤️It was a corn tortilla of course in case you were wondering.

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Williams, 35, announced her engagement to Ohanian, 33, last week.

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Later this month, she will be seeking her seventh Australian Open singles title.

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Serena Williams Debuts Engagement Ring from Fiancé Alexis Ohanian

Serena Williams is ringing in the new year quite literally: By flashing the engagement ring given to her over the holidays by Alexis Ohanian. The tennis superstar and Reddit cofounder surprised many by announcing their engagement right before the New Year after keeping their relationship under the radar for months – and doubled the surprise by making it official via a poem and cartoon on the site.

Williams’ poem documented a carriage ride, a Roman holiday and an on-one-knee proposal, and was unexpectedly public for a couple who has reportedly been dating since 2015 but only hinted at their relationship via a silly Instagram around Halloween. But she had to know that it would be hard to keep things under wraps once she was seen with that giant ring on her left hand – as she was for the first time this weekend in New Zealand.

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The star, her new fiancé and her sister Venus touched down in Auckland ahead of the WTA’s ASB Classic tennis tournament this week. And though she’ll be down to business soon enough, the star was all smiles in her cutoffs, long coat and solitaire sparkler flashing from her left hand.

 

We’re hoping to see some more angles of that rock – and some more sweetly supportive posts from her fiancé Ohanian – as she gets back to work this week.

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Al Pacino To Play Tennessee Williams at Pasadena Playhouse

Al Pacino will star as Tennessee Williams in the play “God Looked Away,” the Pasadena Playhouse’s first production under its new development program PlayWorks. Judith Light (“Transparent”), a two-time Tony winner for her performances in “Other Desert Cities” and “The Assembled Parties,” will also appear in the developmental staging of the new play by Dotson Rader,… Read more »

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House in Robin Williams’ Mrs Doubtfire is sold

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The book comprises a selection of some 750 letters of the composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams, selected from an extant corpus of about 3,300. The letters are arranged chronologically and have been chosen to provide a cumulative pen-picture of the composer in his own words. In general the letters reflect VW’s major preoccupations: musical, personal and political. It was not VW’s way to discuss his inner creative processes but he does discuss his music, once it had been written: for example there is much to illustrate the process of ‘washing the face’ of his major pieces before, and after, they had reached the concert platform. There is correspondence with collaborators such as Gilbert Murray, Harold Child and Evelyn Sharpe who provided texts; with his publishers (mainly OUP) about printing scores and parts; with conductors such as Adrian Boult and John Barbirolli about performances. He was in regular correspondence with fellow composers such as Gustav Holst, George Butterworth, Gerald Finzi, Herbert Howells, John Ireland, Alan Bush and Rutland Boughton. There were his pupils: Elizabeth Maconchy and Cedric Thorpe Davie amongst others. A series of close personal friendships is well represented: his Cambridge contemporary and cousin Ralph Wedgwood, Edward Dent, and latterly Michael Kennedy. Above all there are insights on his lifelong devotion to his first wife, Adeline, and his growing friendship with Ursula Wood, who was to become his second wife. In general the book paints a self-portrait of Vaughan Williams not only as a great composer but as a large-minded and public-spirited personality who towered over the British musical world for forty years.

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Allison Williams Is Married

Wedding bells rang for Allison Williams and Ricky Van Veen on Saturday.

The “Girls” star and Van Veen, who co-founded College Humor, exchanged vows in front of celebrity guests including Lena Dunham, Katy Perry, John Mayer and Seth Meyers, People reported.

The gorgeous bride walked down the aisle in an Oscar de la Renta gown. Williams shared a photo from the wedding on her Instagram account early Sunday morning: 

9.19.15 Dress by @oscar.de.la.renta Photo by @christianothstudio

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The 27-year-old, who is the daughter of journalist Brian Williams, told Glamour magazine in March 2014 that she would like to have children some day.

“My goal is to create a career I can walk away from and become a mom,” she said.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

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Maisie Williams Calls Out Sexism In The Entertainment Industry

Maisie Williams, of “Game of Thrones” and being a wise human fame, is unimpressed with the entertainment industry’s “hot piece” roles.

In a profile in the London Evening Standard, Williams opened up about inequality in parts for men and women actors:

There are a lot of roles that come in that are “the girlfriend” or “the hot piece” in a movie or TV series. That’s something I’ve seen first-hand and read all the time. It will say “Derek: intelligent, good with kids, funny, really good at this” and then it will say “Sandra: hot in a sort of cute way” — and that’s all you get. That’s the way your character is described, so going into an audition you are channelling “hot,” which isn’t like a person, that’s not who a person is. That’s what I see and that’s what needs to change. I’ve been lucky enough to play a very great female character from a young age, who is a fantastic role model for girls.

 

It’s the same phenomenon that has been called out by website someladyparts.com, which posts what are unfortunately extremely common sexist casting calls for women. A recent posting on the site reads: 

Seeking: ‘Perfect girl. 21-25. Strictly Blond. Tall. Model Look. topless on top of [male character] … No Nipples.’

 

Get it together, world.

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Trisha Williams and Gamer Girl Pinups: Fine Art and Women in the Gaming World

In a very particular world, dominated by a very particular breed of men, Trisha Williams decided to step to the forefront and give this dangerous milieu exactly what it needs. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the world of video games.

Ten years ago, Trisha Williams was working at Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment in Arizona, where she met her now partner and boyfriend, Joe Unger. Both individuals have lead a life fascinated by video games and comic books. It wasn’t until the company at which they were both employed decided to lay everybody off that they took their hobbies to the next level. This became an opportunity to create their own liberating path towards a future that combines successful business and genuine passion.

Sure, it took a few years before the two finally joined forces. Trisha Williams moved to Seattle where she was a professor of Game Art and Design at the Art Institute and Joe took himself to Los Angeles. Eventually the two fell in love. After experiencing consistently tumultuous relationships with already established studios, they both said “Let’s pack everything, move to San Diego and start our own company.”

And that’s when Pigeon Hole Productions was formed.

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To some, video games and comic books are primarily for the purpose of entertainment and distraction. But there exists a laudable side to these intricate hobbies that are easily deemed fine art and an operation of science. When I spoke to Trisha, I asked her what she would say to the many people who do not believe that video games qualify as fine art.

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“It is an unbelievable amount of work and goes far beyond anything I’ve ever done in fine art. Everything still applies. You need to know perspective, color theory, the value of silhouette. You have to know your composition and predict how people are going to view a particular object. Viewers are not only looking at your art, but they are interacting with it. They can make something happen with it. There is also this almighty role you have to play when designing. Every aspect of it needs a reaction. You have no idea what the viewer is going to do so you must adapt to every situation, all the while maintaining this beautiful artistic environment.”

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Although Trisha has been in the gaming and art world for over 10 years and has become something close to a master of design and technique, it hasn’t been easy digging a groove into this world for herself. Unfortunately, like many industries, the percentage of women in charge is almost always minute compared to that of men. Even after Trisha graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a BFA and moved on to get her Masters of Interactive Technology from The Guildhall at SMU, professors would still question the durability of her role as a woman in this gaming world.

“They would pull me aside and give me a overview of all the obstacles I was going to run into. Basically they were warning me. It always ended with them asking “Are you ready for this?” Even when I was well into the field and attending expos and conferences, it was always assumed that I was the girlfriend of someone and not a creator myself. When I was teaching in Seattle, I would have a student ask “Well, what do you know about video games?” My response was always something along the lines of, “Well, sit down. Try not to get an F and I’ll let you know.”

Like any committed artist, Trisha continued creating games and comics despite small turmoil. And one rainy day, while she combatted her indoor boredom, she decided to start her own webcomic. Unlike the majority, this webcomic featured girls as the gaming stars. Within a month of starting the webcomic, Trisha had online publishers looking to put it on view. “Gamer Girl Pinups” disregards the cliches of who is usually behind the controller. The webcomic reflects Trisha’s sharp, colorful and visionary illustration style and the proposal of an open, unguarded comic world. There are five main girls- Tanooki, Eve, Nessa, Tru and 9Key- each with their own panache and relatable attributes.

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In a constant battle between her fine art side and her digital art side, Trisha settled on combining the two, which in the end, stirred up this modern idea with a clear message:

“It doesn’t matter who you are, what you look like or what [imaginary] category you think you belong in, everyone should be accepted into this gaming and comic culture. It’s a world of art and creativity. Just be you.”

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Virginia Tech Coach Buzz Williams Is A Good Sport About Reading Mean Tweets

Buzz Williams may have lost 22 games in his first season as the basketball coach at Virginia Tech, but he certainly didn’t lose his sense of humor.

In a video he posted Monday, Williams takes a page from “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and reads “mean tweets” about himself.

Some are mean, all right: “He’s got the fattest neck I’ve ever seen.”

“All my stress goes to my neck,” he jokingly replies.

Anyway, props to Williams for being a good sport.

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WENDY’S WORLD: Wendy Williams is getting ready for her HSN debut. The talk show host introduced her new Wendy Williams collection during a fashion show Wednesday on her Fox-TV talk show, where she commented along with HSN show host Callie Northagen. “When designing it, I knew it had to be three things: fashionable, easy and affordable,” said Williams, who will be traveling to St. Petersburg, Fla., to make her first HSN appearance on March 28. Williams will appear live on HSN from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m.
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Serena Williams Covers Vogue (Again) And We Couldn’t Be Happier

Just when we thought we couldn’t love Vogue anymore, they go and put Serena Williams on their cover for the second time.

The athlete is on the April issue, which was shot by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz. In the image, we see Williams in a navy blue Rag & Bone sheath dress, natural makeup and, of course, her gorgeous curly hair.

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The full article, which appears on Vogue.com, talks about Williams’ friendship with tennis champion (and competitor) Caroline Wozniacki, her plans to expand her interest in fashion beyond her current clothing line on the Home Shopping Network and how she used to hate her toned arms.

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Former NBA Player Jay Williams: ‘I Threw It All Away’ (VIDEO)

Jay Williams was poised to become one of the biggest superstars in the NBA. After leading Duke to a NCAA championship in 2001 and earning a national player of the year title, he graduated early to receive a No. 2 draft pick with the Chicago Bulls.

After playing one season, Williams was riding his motorcycle in Chicago — a violation of his contract — and lost control, crashing into a utility pole. He survived the severed nerve, fractured pelvis, dislocated knee and internal bleeding, but the psychological damage of the accident remained. His NBA career was over before it really began, and Williams tells Oprah in his upcoming “Super Soul Sunday” interview that he was left only with remorse.

“The first thing I yell is, ‘I threw it all away,’ Williams says. “I felt at that moment that I had thrown everything I had just worked for my entire life away.”

Williams says he couldn’t even think about being lucky to be alive. “I couldn’t even process what was happening at that particular moment,” he says.

Weighing heavily on Williams’ mind were the warning signs he ignored. “I’ve been told so many times not to ride this bike,” he says. “I’ve had a dream about this particular moment that I decide not to listen to.”

He’s referencing a premonition he had at age 17 about his accident. Williams dreamt he was spinning out of control and looked up to see a red fire hydrant, the exact scene he would experience years later during his motorcycle crash.

“Here I was in the situation that I’ve got all these signs telling me not to do this and I still put myself in that position to do so,” Williams says. “And, yeah, I felt like I threw everything I worked my entire life for away.”

The accident tested his will to live, and Williams says he became consumed with thoughts of “what could have been.” After 13 surgeries and hours of physical therapy, Williams attempted to return to the NBA in 2006 but was unsuccessful. He says he has spent the last decade on a journey to forgive himself and reclaim his purpose in life.

Jay Williams opens up to Oprah about his darkest moments and how he learned to let go on “Super Soul Sunday” airing Sunday, March 15 at 11 a.m. ET on OWN.

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Dan Williams, Oklahoma Teen, Surprises All 1,076 Girls At His School With Valentine’s Day Gifts

Wanting every girl at his high school to feel loved on Valentine’s Day, one big-hearted Oklahoma teen decided to surprise all of them with cards and candy this year — a total of 1,076 girls.

According to KFOR, Dan Williams, a student at Edmond High School in Edmond, Oklahoma, had to work all summer to raise enough money for the surprise gifts. “To know that someone cares about them, that’s the best feeling in the world I think,” he told the news outlet.

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Though Williams intended the gifts to be anonymous, he was reportedly unable to keep his identity a secret for long.

He’s since won the praise of his classmates — and the school itself.

On Valentine’s Day, Edmond High School, whose mascot is a bulldog, honored the young man with this tweet:

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This Is What It Would Look Like If Jessica Williams Replaced Jon Stewart On ‘The Daily Show’

Comedy Central hasn’t announced who will replace Jon Stewart as host of “The Daily Show,” but the network’s sister studio, Paramount Pictures, has one suggestion: Jessica Williams. In “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” portions of which take place in 2025, Williams is shown hosting “The Daily Show” and interviewing Jennifer Lawrence about her new Meryl Streep biopic. Uproxx has the exclusive clip from the film / what we hope is our future. Watch below.


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Rosie O’Donnell Takes on Brian Williams at the Athena Film Festival

The irrepressible Rosie O’Donnell could not help herself. Coaxed to do stand up on the not funny subject of her heart attack by HBO’s Sheila Nevins, the television star created a routine that is more than the heartfelt in its title, “Rosie O’Donnell: A Heartfelt Standup,” it’s a PSA for women, a wake-up call to the astonishing fact that the leading killer of women is not breast or ovarian cancer, but heart disease. After a special screening at the Athena Film Festival, a panel of doctors weighed in on heart health for women offering tips for prevention. O’Donnell created a mantra for detection, HEPPP: Hot, exhausted, pain, pale, puke, which she made into an infectious ditty. When someone in the audience told her own heart story, O’Donnell strained to find a place for H, an added symptom of heartburn.

Rosie being Rosie, she could not help herself. Topical, she took swipes as Brian Williams. “Oh yeah, and I wrote and directed A League of their Own. Oops, I forgot, I only acted in that movie,” she quipped. Though she says she is leaving The View because of her health, Rosie seems in top form, casting a roving eye on the young women filmmakers in the crowd. “Ooh, did you feel something? I felt it. You may be my next wife.”

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Girls Star Allison Williams on Ambition, Motherhood, and, of Course, Peter Pan

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Together with author, director and screenwriter Tracey Jackson, songwriting legend and recovering addict Paul Williams has co-written a book called Gratitude and Trust, about freeing oneself from negative patterns. Paul’s remarkable story of recovery served as the inspiration for the book, but when it comes to songwriting, Paul finds his inspiration in another familiar source: music.

As for Tracey, before she can even begin to think about what she hopes to accomplish in a given day, there’s always one simple thing on her mind. Watch the above video as she describes the first thing on her mind each morning and how she gets centered before getting out of bed.

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Songwriting legend Paul Williams says that, at the height of his fame, an addiction to alcohol and drugs nearly destroyed him. After hitting bottom, Paul says, he became sober and found he had lost some friends along the way, but he gained so much more.

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Pat Robertson Blames ‘God Of The Heathen’ For Robin Williams’ Suicide

Pat Robertson thinks he knows what could’ve saved Robin Williams: More Jesus.

On his show “The 700 Club” on ABC Family Wednesday, Robertson warned viewers of the consequences of chasing “gods” such as fame and money:

“You see these very popular people in the media who commit suicide like Robin Williams recently and you say, ‘What is the deal with him? What happened?’ You find people who are at the top of the game in music and they’re strung out on drugs. What happened? What was their God?

You see, the god of the heathen are idols, and everything that you seek in life can ruin you unless that something and somebody is God himself.

He can fill your every need, and he won’t disappoint you and you won’t want to commit suicide after you have come to him.”

Williams killed himself at his home near San Francisco on Aug. 11 at the age of 63. He had been battling severe depression and had recently spent time in rehab.

His wife, Susan Schneider, later released a statement saying the actor’s “sobriety was intact” at the time of his death and that he had been struggling with the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.

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Why Vanessa Williams Is Glad She Was a “Child of the ’70s” – Master Class – OWN

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As a mother of four, singer and actress Vanessa Williams has witnessed how growing up has changed for today’s young people, particularly with social media. Watch as she explains why she thinks children today don’t have the luxury of making mistakes on a small scale. Plus, find out what Vanessa thinks of her own adventurous years.

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Why Vanessa Williams Never Thought She’d Win Miss America (VIDEO)

Thirty years ago, Vanessa Williams made history as the first African-American woman to be crowned Miss America. In her interview for “Oprah’s Master Class,” Williams says never believed it was really possible for her to win before she actually took the crown.

Williams was a theatre major at Syracuse University and says she had no interest in pageants at first. She blew off the idea until her junior year, when she entered the Ms. Greater Syracuse Pageant – and won. “Then I ended up winning Syracuse, New York and Miss America in September within six months period of time,” Williams says.

During the Miss America 1984 competition, Williams says she took advantage of the talents she already had. “I sang a song that was easy for me,” she says. “I majored in musical theatre, so it wasn’t like I had to come up with an act.”

Though she thought she might place in the top 10, Williams didn’t think it would go further than that. “So I just basically was there to have a good time, I really did not think that I would win because I didn’t think that it was the time,” Williams says. “There had never been a black Miss America, so why would it be this year? If so, possibly I knew that I had what it took, but I didn’t think they’d actually go for it.”

After winning the title, her reign as Miss America was fraught with controversy. Williams opens up about the challenges she faced and the Penthouse scandal that forced her to resign on “Oprah’s Master Class” airing Sunday, July 13 at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.

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Brian Williams Raps ‘Baby Got Back’ In Latest ‘Tonight Show’ Mashup

Oh my God, Becky. Look at this rap.

“The Tonight Show” kicked off its Orlando shows this week with the latest Brian Williams rap mashup. This time, Jimmy Fallon’s team edited clips of the “NBC Nightly News” anchor to perform Sir Mix-a-Lot’s 1992 ballad to the booty “Baby Got Back.”

Fallon has previously mashed up Williams’ clips into other hip-hop classics like “Gin and Juice,” “Straight Outta Compton,” and “Rapper’s Delight,” but we think you’ll find this one is especially epic, and we can not lie.

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Serena Williams Crashes Wedding In A Leopard Swimsuit

Serena Williams deserves a gold medal because she managed to pull off one of the greatest celebrity wedding crashes ever.

Williams hit the beach with fellow tennis star Caroline Wozniacki in Miami, Florida, on Saturday, May 31, according to USA Today. While hanging out, the two stumbled upon a beachside wedding and Williams not only crashed the nuptials, but she did it while wearing a leopard-print swimsuit.

Guests were taking photos of the 32-year-old, and the happy couple seemed to be thrilled to have her there.

“Wedding crasher!! Congrats!” she wrote alongside an Instagram photo with the smiling bride and groom.

“Bikini wedding crasher!” she captioned another shot.

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Brian Williams Raps ‘Gin And Juice’ In New ‘Tonight Show’ Mashup

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Brian Williams returned to “The Tonight Show” on Monday, and of course Jimmy Fallon welcomed him with a signature rap video. Using the magic of editing, the “NBC Nightly News” anchor appears to perform Snoop Dogg’s 1994 hit, “Gin and Juice.”

Of course, Fallon has been doing this to Williams for years now, putting Williams into the Sugar Hill Gang’s 1979 classic “Rapper’s Delight,” N.W.A.’s “Straight Outta Compton” and even another Snoop song, “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang.”

So what’s next? Williams suggest “Rollout” by Ludacris.

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Allison Williams Engaged To Ricky Van Veen

NEW YORK (AP) — “Girls” star Allison Williams is making a grown-up move.

She’s engaged to marry boyfriend Ricky Van Veen, confirmed her rep Lindsay Galin on Wednesday. Twenty-five-year-old Williams is the daughter of NBC news anchor Brian Williams.

Van Veen is a co-founder of the comedy website CollegeHumor.

People magazine was the first to report the news.

“Girls,” in its third season on HBO, has been a breakout role for the Yale University graduate.

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Pharrell Williams Joins the Sisters – Golden Sisters – Oprah Winfrey Network

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Mary has been up all morning preparing a gourmet Italian meal to share with Pharell Williams, host Tom Bergeron and, of course, her sisters. Josie takes this opportunity to ask Pharrell if he’ll help her produce a rather suggestive song that she and her husband wrote about keeping your partner happy.

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She was homeless…but not hopeless. In 2009, Oprah met Khadijah Williams, a young woman who grew up in shelters but never stopped believing in herself and the power of education. She was accepted into Harvard University, and after four years, Khadijah graduated with a degree in sociology. Watch to find out what this Ivy League grad is doing today!

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From Homeless To Harvard (And Beyond): Khadijah Williams Starts New Life In NYC (VIDEO)

In 2009, Oprah met Khadijah Williams, a driven young woman who grew up in homeless shelters but never stopped believing in herself and the power of education. Though she went to 12 different schools in 12 years, she managed to graduate high school with honors and was accepted into Harvard University. Four years later, she graduated with a degree in sociology and even got a shout-out from Oprah during her 2013 commencement speech.

Williams — who says she was in the bathroom when a friend came running in to tell her Oprah was talking about her on stage — now has quite an impressive reference. “Just to have someone like Miss Winfrey acknowledge you and say, ‘You did a great thing,’ … it’s not only a great confidence booster, but it’s also something I can send to employers like, “Look! Oprah talked about me, here’s my recommendation!'” Williams says.

“Oprah: Where Are They Now?” recently caught up with Williams in New York City, where she landed a job and moved into her own apartment after graduation. “Right now I am a project manager at an education technology firm,” she says. It’s a very adult job, I have actual responsibilities – which is a little bit scary, but it’s exciting.”

“Just being able to have my own apartment and make adult decisions — or try to, anyway — is very empowering,” Williams says. “And I absolutely want to give back. I will give back. And right now I’m just setting that foundation so I can do that.”

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