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Serena Williams Is Pregnant and Slaying on the New Cover of Vanity Fair

Serena Williams, is Vanity Fair's August cover star.

DIASPORA—Serena Williams is Vanity Fair's August cover star.


The stunning cover sees the tennis star, who is six months pregnant with her first child, bearing only her growing baby bump and gorgeous melanin. She's both literally and figuratively giving life.

In the issue, Williams shares the story of how she learned she was pregnant just days before the Australian Open, and how she broke the news to her fiancé, Alexis Ohanian, by having him fly from San Francisco to Melbourne where she was competing, and handing him a bag filled with six positive pregnancy tests.

Upon learning she was pregnant, her first reaction was "oh my God, this can’t be—I’ve got to play a tournament," she told Vanity Fair. "How am I going to play the Australian Open? I had planned on winning Wimbledon this year.”

It's clear that nothing can stop the sport's icon. The indomitable Williams went on to win the Australian open earlier this year, pregnant and all, further solidifying her superhero status.

Check out the photos from her stunning Vanity Fair shoot below and read the full story, here.

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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