Like Many Black Women, Kim Porter Was Under a Doctor's Care and Still Died. That's Terrifying

To prepare for the expected birth of our second child next month, my wife and I are enrolled in one of those new age birthing classes where the bulk of each two-hour-long session is devoted to language and connotation. (“Don’t say birthing canal. Say birthing stream, because streams are calming.”) I am bored out of my…

Design Flaw: Serena Williams' GQ Cover Deserved Better Than Virgil Abloh

Serena Williams looks stunning on GQ’s latest issue, one of four in its 2018 “Man of the Year” series. She is the sole woman honored. Equally stunning was the major miscalculation made by the magazine’s editors by inviting designer of the moment, Virgil Abloh, to customize the cover, which he did by crossing out the…

Living Doll: Serena Williams' 'Granddaughter' is Named Qai Qai—and She's Full of Teachable Moments

Just when we thought the relationship between Serena Williams and beloved daughter Alexis Olympia couldn’t get any cuter, the Olympian introduced us to her “granddaughter,” Qai Qai,” (pronounced “Quay-Quay”) a bald, brown babydoll whose clothing budget is likely larger than ours (she even has a US Open-ready lavender…

Together: Meghan Markle's Latest Project Garners Praise from Friend Serena Williams 

Good works deserve great praise—and that’s exactly what Serena Williams had for her longtime friend, H.R.H. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, upon hearing about her latest act of philanthropy—collaborating on a cookbook with a group of women affected by the devastating Grenfell Tower fire in West London, England in June…

When You're Black and in America, Even Victories Sometimes Feel Like Defeats

There was a moment — a few moments, actually — directly following Barack Obama’s win in 2008 when I think I felt how it feels to be a white American. I’ve never actually been white, so this thought is based on a generous presumption. But when I think of whiteness in a micro context and how whiteness must allow white…

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