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My adulation for Serena Williams goes beyond her numerous titles and is more rooted in her ability to keep coming back for more — even when the stakes are higher, and the reception to her mightiness is met with symbols of why Black women are relentlessly tested beyond our capacity.

Despite the subtle and not so subtle jabs that are meant to rattle her into playing the role of the “angry Black woman” or worse, Williams manages to remain stoically coherent and dignified, and this stems from years of mental discipline, and the pure love for the game that she’s sacrificed so much to dominate.

It’s the ultimate lesson for young dark-skinned Black girls — who dare to dream the impossible — and almost give up from the discouragement of not having enough examples of success stories — amassed from mentors that resemble their template.

Read Ezinne’s full essay here.

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