Yesha Callahan

Serena Williams Puts The Haters On Blast, Quotes Maya Angelou In ‘Sportsperson Of The Year’ Speech

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Serena Williams was honored Tuesday night at Sports Illustrated’s ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ Ceremony in New York City at Pier 60. After an insanely successful year that included gloriously seizing the Australia Open, French Open and Wimbledon titles, its safe to say that Serena deserves the recognition.

I’ve had people look down on me. I’ve had people put me down because I didn’t look like them—I look stronger. I’ve had people look past me because of the color of my skin. I’ve had people overlook me because I was a woman. I had critics say I will never win another grand slam when I was only at number seven and now here I stand today with 21 grand slam titles and I’m still going.

The Tennis legend appropriately ended her speech with an excerpt from Maya Angelou’s Still I Rise. what a year this superstar has had and what a way to usher in 2016.

Congrats Serena!

  1. December 17, 2015 - Reply

    Serena is beautiful, intelligent, uber talented, and has changed the game of tennis FOREVER! I admire her so much. This speech was amazing, and I’m so proud of her. In spite of those evil comments, she isn’t going to let anyone turn her around.

  2. December 17, 2015 - Reply

    Yessss! Do it girl!

  3. December 17, 2015 - Reply

    Serena Williams gave an excellent, magnificent speech. It was filled with eloquent, power, truth, and love. She loves us and we love her as a Sister, and as a great philanthropic black woman. Her words enrich our souls since they speak the truth that a black woman has the right to play tennis, a black woman has the right to fulfill her aspirations, any black woman has the right to rise. Our history is filled with stories of resiliency, hope, and inspiration. Serena was passionate and she stood up for herself, black women, black people in general, and anyone else who desires to fulfill their dreams. She is a very beautiful black woman and she is the GOAT. She is the greatest of all time. Her quoting Maya Angelou sums it all. Serena is shining her light and she isn’t done yet. She will continue to win tennis matches. She will continue to make a difference in society.

  4. December 17, 2015 - Reply

    tell ’em serena …

  5. December 17, 2015 - Reply

    The embodiment of Black Excellence!!! Serena and Venus don’t get nearly enough credit and support they deserve with the things they put up with throughout their careers. But sister Maya Angelou’s poem clearly embodies Serena in a nutshell. Simply the G.O.A.T.

  6. December 18, 2015 - Reply

    More power to you Serena!

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