Serena and Common in depth
Serena Williams and Common broke up about 6 years ago. There have been rumours that they got back together a few times in those years but as far as we know right now, they are not together. Last month Serena was linked to Lewis Hamilton. What we do know for sure is that Common and Serena are still friends. On Sunday night, they sat down for a conversation for The Undefeated In Depth on ESPN.
The thought of being interviewed by an ex for an hour-long special makes me want to projectile vomit but Common and Serena seem pretty chill about it. In fact, they seem so comfortable together I really want them to get back together for good. Last year, Common revealed that it was Serena who initiated the "mutual" breakup. Is it mutual if one person did the initiating though? Based on nothing but body language and my own fanfic daydreams, I have decided that Common is still madly in love with Serena Williams. Now that that's out of the way, let's get to the conversation.
Serena Williams is one of the greatest athletes of all time. Period. Fact. To me she's THE greatest living athlete. When Common asks her about the uniqueness of being a black woman in this position, Serena drops this truth:
“If I were a man, I would’ve been in that conversation a long, long time ago."
Lainey has linked to this 2012 NYT profile of Serena and her sister Venus multiple times. I revisit this profile often when I think of Serena Williams. In reference to the racism Serena has faced throughout her career, the writer called America "a country that couldn’t decide if she was a goddess or a threat." Many times, Serena has been categorized as threatening more so than being hailed as the G.O.A.T goddess that she is. And to those ignorant f-cks, the most threatening thing about Serena Williams is her body. Common asks specifically about the bullsh-t body shaming she has faced and Serena's answer is why she is not just the greatest athlete, but also a great role model.
“I guess they couldn’t relate to me because I’m black, I’m strong, I’m tall, I’m powerful and I’m confident. And my arms might not look like the girl over there or my legs might not look like someone else’s, or my butt or my body or my anything … If you don’t like it, I don’t want you to like it."
If Serena's body is the most threatening reminder that greatness can be black and beautiful can be STRONG, her confidence is a close second.
"I feel like I definitely was scrutinized because I was confident — I was black and I was confident. And I am black and I am confident. But I would say, ‘I feel like I can be No. 1.’ Well, why shouldn’t I say that? If I don’t think I’m going to be the best, why do I play?"
For more inspiration from Serena and to watch Common fall deeper in love with every answer, read their full conversation here and see videos below.
Full interview here:
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