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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.

Interview

Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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