Naomi Osaka Withdraws From Pre-Wimbledon Tournament
Days after Naomi Osaka pulled out of the French Open for mental health reasons, the 23-year-old tennis pro withdrew from the Berlin WTA 5000 tournament—a precursor to the Wimbledon Tournament, CBS Sports reports. The grass tournament, which is scheduled to begin on June 14, takes place just two weeks before Wimbledon. The move has caused some to question whether Osaka will partake in Wimbledon.
Megan Thee Stallion to Lecture at Long Island University
It’s been said that experience is the best teacher. Further, some of the best teachers are ones that teach based on their lived experiences. With this in mind, it’s not surprising that Megan Thee Stallion will be delivering a lecture to Long Island University students by way of the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports and Entertainment’s “Industry Expert Speaker Series.” Moreover, Meg will also be providing a four-year scholarship to a student enrolled in the program.
“Getting an education is incredibly important to me,” Megan said in a press release. “I still have academic goals that I want to achieve, so if I can use my resources to open doors and create opportunities for at least one student, then it’s a victory. It’s important that we encourage our students to pursue their passions and put them in positions to become the next game-changer in whichever fields they choose.”
Willow Smith Says She Was ‘Bullied’ for Listening to Metal
In a cover story for V Magazine, Willow Smith said that she was bullied as a teenager for her musical preferences. “Being a Black woman in the metal crowd is very, very different on top of the pressures that the music industry puts on you,” said 20-year-old Smith. “Now, it’s like an added pressure of the metal culture, the metal world, and just rock in general. I used to get bullied in school for listening to Paramore and My Chemical Romance.” Further, Smith said that she hopes to inspire other Black girls in a similar predicament through her music. “You’re not alone. You’re not the only Black girl who wishes she could flip her hair to the side and wear black eyeliner,” said Smith.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Is The Fastest Woman Alive
Jamaican-born sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce became the fastest woman alive after running the 100-meter dash on Saturday at a national trials warmup event in Kingston, the Washington Post reports. The 34-year-old athlete ran the dash in 10.63 seconds, making her the second-fastest woman ever. The late great Florence Griffith Joyner is still considered the fastest woman to ever live.
Charlottesville City Council Votes To Remove Two Confederate Statues
Two confederate statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, which were the focal point of a white supremacist riot four years ago, will be removed. According to NBC 29, the Charlottesville City Council reached the unanimous decision after a public hearing Monday.