Tennis can be a thrilling sport in and of itself, so when an upset happens… it’s peak excitement! People love rooting for the underdog in general, so upsets are popular in any competition.

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Meet Naomi Osaka. Osaka is a 19-year-old 6th seed (No. 45) Haitian-Japanese tennis player. Recently, Osaka’s life changed in a moment after she pulled a huge upset and defeated reigning U.S. Open champion Angelique Kerber. And this happened in the first round with Osaka as a wild card.

Not only did she win, but she blew Kerber out of the water: 6-3, 6-1. Game, set, match!

No one saw this coming:



This win is Osaka’s first against a top 10 player in her career. Plus, she now holds a 6-1 career record in Grand Slam first round matches. Superstar!

Unsurprisingly, Osaka really looks up to Serena Williams. And Williams is out here giving her props. “I have seen her play. She’s really young and really aggressive. She’s a really good, talented player. Very dangerous,” Williams said of Osaka, who recorded a 125 mph serve at the 2016 U.S. Open, which is something only eight other women have done. Osaka is winning all around!

Given her young age, Osaka is definitely someone to watch! I think we got another tennis star on our hands!

Source: USA Today

What do you think of Osaka’s surprise win? Do you think she has the potential to reach Williams sisters level?
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Tonja Renée Stidhum is a writer/director living in Los Angeles by way of Chicago. She is the co-host of the movie review podcast, Cinema Bun Podcast. She is made of sugar and spice and everything rice... with the uncanny ability to make a Disney/Pixar reference in the same sentence as a double entendre. You can follow her on Twitter @EmbraceTheJ, on Facebook FB.com/tstidhum, and Instagram @embracethej. You can find more of her work on her About Me page, https://about.me/tonjareneestidhum.

Tennis can be a thrilling sport in and of itself, so when an upset happens… it’s peak excitement! People love rooting for the underdog in general, so upsets are popular in any competition.

Continue Reading


Meet Naomi Osaka. Osaka is a 19-year-old 6th seed (No. 45) Haitian-Japanese tennis player. Recently, Osaka’s life changed in a moment after she pulled a huge upset and defeated reigning U.S. Open champion Angelique Kerber. And this happened in the first round with Osaka as a wild card.

Not only did she win, but she blew Kerber out of the water: 6-3, 6-1. Game, set, match!

No one saw this coming:



This win is Osaka’s first against a top 10 player in her career. Plus, she now holds a 6-1 career record in Grand Slam first round matches. Superstar!

Unsurprisingly, Osaka really looks up to Serena Williams. And Williams is out here giving her props. “I have seen her play. She’s really young and really aggressive. She’s a really good, talented player. Very dangerous,” Williams said of Osaka, who recorded a 125 mph serve at the 2016 U.S. Open, which is something only eight other women have done. Osaka is winning all around!

Given her young age, Osaka is definitely someone to watch! I think we got another tennis star on our hands!

Source: USA Today

What do you think of Osaka’s surprise win? Do you think she has the potential to reach Williams sisters level?
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Tonja Renée Stidhum is a writer/director living in Los Angeles by way of Chicago. She is the co-host of the movie review podcast, Cinema Bun Podcast. She is made of sugar and spice and everything rice... with the uncanny ability to make a Disney/Pixar reference in the same sentence as a double entendre. You can follow her on Twitter @EmbraceTheJ, on Facebook FB.com/tstidhum, and Instagram @embracethej. You can find more of her work on her About Me page, https://about.me/tonjareneestidhum.
Photo Credit: @iamawog

Pretty pastel dresses, patent leather Mary Janes, and those frilly, ruffled socks. For many of us, Easter Sunday meant a new dress, new shoes, and new hair.

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If you're celebrating Easter this year, you don't have to hunt for pretty styles for your little girl! We searched the web for the cutest styles for little ladies--so hop on over.

Photo Credit: Beads, Braids and Beyond
Beads, Braids, and Beyond shared this fancy updo with cornrows and twists. Check out her step by step instructions for creating this style at home here.


You don't have to be a master braider--just a few rubber bands will help you to create this cute style. Be sure they're not too tight!



If your little girl is a little older, try a curly style to make her feel more grown up this Spring.

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And when in doubt, just leave it out. Try a twist out and accessorize with a bow or headband to give her curls something special.
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If you're celebrating, have a happy Easter!
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Tiffani Greenaway is the wife and mom behind MyMommyVents, a New York city parenting blog. Her tips have been seen on Yahoo Parenting, Mommy Noire, and Fit Pregnancy. Find more of Tiffani's work at mymommyvents.com.


Watch out, Usain Bolt. The world's fastest man has some new competition--and she's only twelve years old.

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Brianna Lyston set a new record when she flew past her competitors, finishing the 200-meter final of the Boys and Girls Championship in Kingston, Jamaica with a record-breaking time of 23.72 seconds. At the age of fifteen, eight-time Olympian Usain Bolt finished the same race in 21.81 seconds--mere seconds faster than the twelve year old champion.

“I’m so proud of her. It was just fantastic to watch," Brianna's mother, Toya Bennett, told UK's The Telegraph. "She always trains very hard and when she came off the track she just felt great.”

Photo Credit: Bryan Cummings.
Lyston now holds the Class 4 (under-13) 200-meter record, only 2.38 seconds behind the female world record set by America's Florence Griffith-Joyner at the 1988 Olympic Games--but she's challenging herself to be even faster.

"I think I can go much faster, I am looking for 23.80 seconds. My coach told me to go out and make the semi-finals and I plan to run hard in every race," she told Jamaica's Gleaner newspaper.

Jamaicans are hailing her as the next Olympic medalist.

“Brianna Lyston, Class 4 runner from St. Jago is exceptional!" said Jamaica’s education minister Floyd Green. "[I] feel like we going to be calling her name for years to come.”

Can Brianna go on to become the world's fastest runner?
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Tiffani Greenaway is the wife and mom behind MyMommyVents, a New York city parenting blog. Her tips have been seen on Yahoo Parenting, Mommy Noire, and Fit Pregnancy. Find more of Tiffani's work at mymommyvents.com.

The Dance Theatre of Harlem is showcasing the power of diversity through a new short film that highlights Black ballet dancers.

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High Above is a short film that takes us through the death of a Black girls grandmother, ultimately inspiring her to want to dance. The short piece reminds us of just how much the power of representation has on our youth. Grammy-award winning artist India Arie provides the soundtrack for the music, which also happens to be her lead single.

The 4-minute piece is a promotional piece for Dance Theatre of Harlem's spring engagement at New York City Center which takes place from April 19-22nd.



Watch it below and share your thoughts in the comment section.
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Mike "Orie" Mosley is the managing editor for CurlyNikki.com and a cultural advocate from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. He is also the founder of www.afrotrak.com. In his spare time, he's probably listening to hip hop & neo soul music, hitting up brunch or caught up in deep conversations about Black music. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_orie or on Instagram @mikeorie