Did you know the music of Wyclef Jean accompanies the film Venus and Serena which debuted September of 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Haitian-American ‘Renaissance Man’ who first came to fame as a member of The Fugees, but has since found solo success, and the sisters go way back. He explains…
“I have a great relationship with Venus. I did [the Sundance Channel series] ‘Iconoclasts’ with her, where I was teaching her guitar & she was teaching me how to play tennis. That’s where our relationship started, and then I wrote a song for Venus, ‘Venus (I’m Ready).’
Shortly after that he saw Serena in Miami, who walked up to him and said, ‘Where’s my song?’ To which he answered: ‘Don’t worry, your song is coming!
About the film, Wyclef went on to say: “So automatically, when it was time for the documentary, naturally they would find me, thanks to my relationship with Venus and my understanding of the struggle and where they came from. They knew I could contribute something.”
Listen to documentary Song written for Serena
“Heart of a Warrior”:
What the songwriter had in mind was to convey an understanding and feeling of struggle. In his own words he explains it this way:
“Even if someone is not into sports — when they hear this song —I wanted them to feel triumph.
That’s what I get from Serena and Venus. They’re excellent at what they do, they win a lot,
but the road has not been easy,” said Wyclef.
Documentary shows Williams sisters’ vulnerable sides as Serena and Venus revisit their climb to the top echelon of world tennis. Here is a clip from the Documentary: ‘Serena and Venus’ featuring among many others comments from tennis great John McEnroe and fashion guru Anna Wintour:
Keeping that promise to ‘Check Out’ 😉 action on the men’s tour.
Vigilantly surveying the men’s tour for exciting news; since my faves the Williams sisters are out for the duration of 2011. – and find totally terrific news about the James Blake.
James Blake sent Juan Martin Del Potro crashing out of ATP Stockholm with a 6-4 6-4 victory to reach the quarter-finals.
The American was utterly clinical as he broke ruthlessly from 5-4 up in the opening set, and Del Potro – the second seed – barely recovered.
James moves on to the 4th round of the Stockholm Open. This event James won Stockholm in 2005 and 2006 and has not reached a quarter-final since this event a year ago.
Del Potro, who was playing in his first tournament since the US Open, struggled throughout as he looked to keep Blake at bay, but to no avail. Blake won the second set by the same margin to seal a shock victory.
‘This is my best win of the last three years,’ said the 69th-ranked Blake. ‘It’s the best I’ve felt on court for a long time. To get a win like this against a top player is great.”
Blake had lost in the summer to Del Potro in Los Angeles. In an effort to move his ranking back towards the number four he once held, the veteran has been playing in the occasional Challenger event, winning two of those titles.
Blake now stands 17-2 in Stockholm and will wait for an opponent from Argentine David Nalbandian or Croatian Ivan Dodig.
Recent injuries resulted in the world’s former No. 4 dropping out of the top 100. He remained steadfast and this year has climbed back up the rankings letter to No. 69! Del Potro, back to a 15th ranking after his 2010 wrist surgery pause and hoping to be ready for the December 2-4 Davis Cup final with Spain, lost badly to the 31-year-old American who once stood forth on the ATP.
Serena was the big winner at Wimbledon 2011 though she never even played in the final! Serena’s big win occurred off the tennis court. The 13 Grand Slam Champion made time during the tournament to spend two days with five-year old Jack Marshall who was battling cancer. Jack lost the battle with cancer today! Little Jack was diagnosed at age four in 2009 with a cancerous tumor. The operation in October of that year revealed that the cancer had spread, leaving Jack unable to walk. He bravely battled the disease and its various treatments until the very end.
“I read his story, and my heart kind of went out for him,” Williams said. “I thought if I made it to Wimbledon, I wanted to invite Jack out.”
Serena, who struck up a Twitter friendship with the 5-year-old Jack Marshall his family via Twitter, invited Jack and his family to Wimbledon. They all came to watch her second round defeat of Simona Halep on Thursday. The family said Jack, who was in a stroller with two teddy bears, enjoyed getting out of the house. He kissed Serena’s hand and “flashed winks at her,” according to his mother.
After meeting Jack Serena responded, “It’s just been so amazing, his whole story, to be so small to have such courage.”
Heartfelt prayers to Jack’s parents, brother and entire family! Little Jack Marshall a sweet courageous boy, gone too soon!
How popular is Serena – the icon, the outstanding professional women’s tennis Champion? Make that a Champ with a Career Grand Slam and a total of 13 Grand Slam titles. Try this on for size…as of October 14th a total of 787,472 folk visited her Facebook page and bothered to click the ‘Like’ option!
As her profile states on Facebook, Serena embodies style, power, beauty and courage. Like numerous A-list
celebrities, Serena is recognized by the mere mention of her first name. Her remarkable tennis skills have skyrocketed her to fame, but only her unique charm and drive could explain her successful endeavors outside of tennis in film, television,
fashion and philanthropy. Below is info from Serena’s Facebook page about one of Serena’s latest the business venture!
Mission is Athlete Engineered Skincare to help you prepare, perform,
protect and recover in whatever sport you do. We pride ourselves in products
that are loaded with Vitamins and Antioxidants and are paraben free,
animal-cruelty free, manufactured in the USA.
Exciting news that Roddick and Serena will travel down under to play mixed doubles in the
Australian Open and also the Olympics in 2012. Go USA!
Serena Williams and Andy Roddick to pair at 2012
Thursday, October 13th, 2011 at 10:30 am (Reprint from Live Tennis Guide website)
The 13-time single Grand Slam champion Serena
Williams has confirmed that she and her country mate Andy Roddick will play in
the mixed doubles at the 2012 Australian Open.
The former World No. 1 Serena has withdrawn from the
remaining tournaments in 2011, where she suffered toe injury during the US Open
event at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows
Park. Serena said that, she will be pairing in the mixed doubles with World No.
14th ranked Andy Roddick in the year’s first Grand Slam tournament at 2012
Serena and Roddick also confirmed to play for the
United States at 2012 London Olympic in the mixed doubles.
I NEVER address rumors but this one I will. I am not dating @jakeowen. He is a great guy with a super amazing girlfriend.
Serena expresses her disappointment with media rumors adrift that she and country singer Jake Owen are dating.
They have been good friends for some time now.
The media reports went into whirlwind form when the two were spotted
enjoying dinner in Matsuhisa restaurant at Beverly Hills in Los Angeles
The rumor frenzy must have reached an all time high, since Serena felt
compelled to address the matter. As the above tweet indicates, she
adamantly denies that any romance exists between the two of them.
Gee folks – can’t a girl just live the ‘Glamorous Life’
and go out in LA to have some fun!
Venus and Serena do compete in this game – the pursuit of knowledge.! They believe that an education is a life long experience, evidenced by their academic pursuits and continuing college enrollment. Thinking hey would endorse my asking you to complete this News IQ test. After all there in a Presidential election coming up in 2012. How informed are you? Put together by the Pew Institute, it is only 11 questions in multiple choice form. Test just how much you are in the know about news and current affairs? Check this out. Your results are revealed immediately!
This News IQ test rocks – like the Williams Sisters!
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Test your knowledge with 11 questions, then be ready to shake your head when you see how others did.