Last night (December 18), ESPN’s “The Undefeated” presented an incredible interview special from two icons in their given field.
The interviewer was legendary emcee Common, who had the pleasure of sitting down with the world’s greatest women’s tennis star, and one of the best athletes the sports world has ever seen, Serena Williams. The two had an important discussion about race, gender, fame, sports & how to deal with it all.
Both of these two have been staples in the African American community for decades and both have faced turmoil and stress on their journeys. During this interview, they touch on that ideology and speak on how race, gender and fame played a significant role in their respective careers.
Acknowledging the disadvantages women athletes have in the eyes of the spectator, Serena feels things would be different if she was a male athlete. “I think if I was a man, I would have been in that conversation a long time ago, like six or seven years ago,” she says.
However, Serena is as humble as it comes for someone many deem as the greatest to do it. Being humble has kept her grounded, and while many others say she’s number 1, Serena says, “You will never hear me say ‘I’m the greatest’.”
As a young girl, Serena says her father helped her understand the concept of “racism” and prepared her for what was destined to come as she continued to rise to fame. Having that knowledge as a young girl helped the tennis star, and she credits her father tenfold for that.
All of this and more was discussed in last night’s “The Undefeated In-Depth” interview special. Watch a candid conversation between Common and Serena above. #BlackExcellence, once again.