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Serena Williams Explains The Power Of A Black Woman In Sweet Letter To Her Mother

This is so sweet.

Serena Williams has been loving every moment of her newfound motherhood after giving birth to her first child, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., earlier this month. While the tennis sensation is swimming in diapers, giggles and mother-daughter moments, she took a moment to acknowledge her own mother, Oracene Price, in a sweet letter.

The letter, which Williams penned on Reddit, was a loving thank-you to her mother for showering her in love and molding her into the strong woman that she is today. “I was looking at my daughter (OMG, yes, I have a daughter),” she wrote. “I don't know how I would react if she has to go through what I've gone through since I was a 15 year old and even to this day.”

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Williams went on to explain all the cruel names she has been called in light of her muscular frame, and how the “power of a black woman” was able to overcome all of that. “I've been called man because I appeared outwardly strong. It has been said that that I use drugs,” she continued. “It has been said I don't belong in Women's sports -- that I belong in Men's -- because I look stronger than many other women do….But mom, I'm not sure how you did not go off on every single reporter, person, announcer and quite frankly, hater, who was too ignorant to understand the power of a black woman.”

She concluded the letter by listing all of her mother’s finest attributes and sharing her hopes for building that same relationship with her newborn. “You are so classy, I only wish I could take your lead. I am trying, though, and God is not done with me yet. I have a LONG way to go, but thank you,” she wrote. “I hope to teach my baby Alexis Olympia the same, and have the same fortitude you have had.”

Read the entire letter on Serena’s Reddit account here.

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Father Who Also Doubles As A Sketch Artist Surprises Daughter With Stunning Portrait Of Her As Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa has seen many variations over the years from Lego mosaics to a "Melanated Mona." The latest remix comes from a talented sketch artist who recreated the iconic painting by switching out Mona with his daughter.

On Saturday (March 23), Laurence "Sketch" Cheatham posted a video of his daughter's reaction to his homage. While using his daughter's own stunning photograph, Cheatham's elegant take almost left his daughter speechless. "That's me! Oh my gosh, I'm the Mona Lisa," she said in awe. "[This is] so cool. Thank you. Oh my gosh. How did you do that?"

In between her amazement, Sketch shared how it took three months to create his now-viral image. His talents don't stop with the new Melanated Mini Mona Lisa. A quick look at his Instagram page shows his life-like portraits of celebrities like Beyonce, Rihanna, Drake and the late Tupac Shakur.

He's also lent his talents to social justice with a poignant sketch called "The League." The image includes an angelic look at victims of unjust police killings like Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Samuel DuBose and Michael Brown.

Take a look at the adorable viral video and amazing work from Sketch below.

 

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Been a while, but I’ve been working 💪🏽 Had to trade the pencils in for the paint brushes. Learned a few new tricks, and relearned a few old ones. Now watch this . #2k19 🏆 #art #painting #artist #sketch #art_spotlight #paint #instaart #painter #artoftheday #arts_help #paintings #artwork

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Painting my daughter as Frida Kahlo 💐🙏🏽 House full of #art Photo credit @charliedrizzle #paint #fridakahlo #painter #canvasart #painting #artlife #canvas #artist #artwork #paintingoftheday #paintings #artistsoninstagram #instaart #artsy #arts #paintingwithatwist #artists

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#repost of my #pencildrawing of @iamcardib One of my favorite drawings I did this time last year. #cardib

A post shared by Laurence Cheatham (@thisissketch) on Mar 21, 2019 at 3:56pm PDT

 

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"The League" Please share this with your friends. I want to get this drawing out as far as it can go. Recently, I found a picture of this man holding this sign and it spoke to me. This drawing was inspired by the recent tragedy of Sandra Bland. I wanted to honor those who lost their lives and at the same time show that not everyone is racist and that we're not alone in this. Peace to Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Samuel DuBose and the many others. Feel free to tag and share. #justice #sandrabland #ericgarner #samueldubose #trayvonmartin #michaelbrown #art #drawing #blacklivesmatter @caradelevingne

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Pencil work from last year #art #2pac #drawing #sketch @losangelesconfidential

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Back to using pencils. #charliemurphy #art #arts_help #pencil #sketch #artist #artistsoninstagram #draw #drawing #artwork #artlife #sketching #sketchaday #drawingoftheday #artsy

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Lil Wayne's 1999 Rap Notebook Is On Sale For $250K

If you have $250,000 laying around and fancy yourself a Lil Wayne fan then you can own his rap notebook from 1999.

Weezy was about 17 years old and part of the beloved rap group the Hot Boys when he penned his lyrics for songs "We On Fire" and "I Feel."

The owner of the notebook told TMZ he found it inside a car once owned by Cash Money. As a dealership employee, he rummaged through the backseat and located the prized possession.

Photos of the notebook show water damage, which the owner said was nearly destroyed during Hurricane Katrina.

The notebook was stored in a box in his garage and when the Category 5 storm hit, he evacuated. When he returned much of his belongings were destroyed except for the book. Moments In Time will reportedly handle the sale of the rare find.

Moments In Time has sold several hip-hop artifacts. In 2017, the company sold three pages in which the beloved rapper penned the lyrics to his classic "Dear Mama." Each page priced at $25,000. The company also sold the vehicles Biggie and Pac were killed in.

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Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco, And More Mourn Battle Rapper Tech 9

Battle rapper Tech 9 has reportedly passed away. The artist, born Akeem Mickens, reportedly died Monday morning, XXL confirms.

Fellow battle rapper Buttah From The Block announced the sad news in a message on Facebook. Buttah told XXL that his family and friends were unsure of the cause of death at this time. "We are praying that it was natural causes. He had no signs of harm done to his body," he said.

Tech 9, not be confused with Strange Music's Tech N9ne, was a well-known battle rapper and pioneer. Since news of his passing circulated on social media, a number of hip-hop artists have offered their condolences.

"THEY SAY MY FACE DONT LOOK THE SAME WITH THE STOCK- Condolences to the family of the late great Tech9 of Philly. Rest well," Kendrick Lamar tweeted.

"Rip Tech 9...one of the most entertaining battle rappers. Condolences to his family and friends. May God have mercy on his soul." Lupe Fiasco also tweeted.

Tech N9ne also released a statement, stating that he did not pass away and offering his condolences.

Check out more reactions from the hip-hop community below.

Condolences to the great Tech 9. #Philly pic.twitter.com/RGj3NNJEvZ

— Tech N9ne (@TechN9ne) March 25, 2019

With heavy hearts we send our love & Condolences Out to friends and family of our friend, brother & Battle rap Icon Anthony “Tech 9” Mickens.. We Love You Brother!! You Will Be Missed Tremendously REST IN POWER.. #Legend #Icon pic.twitter.com/BOPbbjiokb

— Ultimate Rap League (@urltv) March 25, 2019

THEY SAY MY FACE DONT LOOK THE SAME WITH THE STOCK-

Condolences to the family of the late great Tech9 of philly. Rest well.

— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) March 25, 2019

Rip Tech 9...one of the most entertaining battle rappers.

Condolences to his family and friends.

May God have mercy on his soul.

— “DROGAS WAVE” NOW PLAYING (@LupeFiasco) March 25, 2019

Rest In Peace to the Philadelphia legend Tech 9

— Lloydbanks (@Lloydbanks) March 25, 2019

Rest In Peace Tech 9 one of the funniest and illest battle rappers I’ve seen

— ZXLTRXN (@denzelcurry) March 25, 2019

You know how you say “Nah, he never gon leave us.” Like how we said about Stan Lee.... Thats Tech 9. 😢

— IG: Mickey.Factz (@MickeyFactz) March 25, 2019

Rest Easy to A Philadelphia legend Tech 9 🙏🏾 love & respect to his family and friends. As a fan of the battle rap culture this is a major loss.

— Smoke DZA (@smokedza) March 25, 2019

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