We Now Know Why Serena Williams Deleted Her Pregnant Snap Right Away

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During an interview with Gayle King recently at the Ted Talks conference on Tuesday in Vancouver Canada,  Serena Williams said that she did not mean to make a pregnancy announcement on Snapchat. 

Rather, she explained, she was doing one of her personal weekly pregnancy progression photo for her own documentation using her phone but accidentally hit the “share” button. Oops!


“I was on vacation just taking some time for myself and I have this thing where I’ve been checking my status and taking pictures every week to see how far along I’m going,” the 23-time Tennis Grand Slam chat said. “I didn’t tell a lot of people to be quite honest and I’d been saving it,” Williams said about staying mum about being preggers. “On social media, you press the wrong button and… Thirty minutes later I missed four calls and I’m like, ‘That’s weird.’ ”

That explains why she rapidly deleted the snap afterwards. She was totally caught off guard. Some had speculated that perhaps she wasn’t pregnant but was just toying with her fans and followers. But the business woman and Nike brand ambassador said she was set to tell the news anyway.

“But it was a good moment. I was only going to wait five or six more days [to share].” she added.

This week, her fiance, Alex Ohanian, who is the co-founder of Reddit released his own official pregnancy announcement that featured an Reddit avatar of himself and Serena, with the caption, “A new Snoo is on the way!” He was referencing the Reddit brand mascot which is a little alien called Snoo.

 

Sooo cute!

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Serena Williams Pens Letter to Her Baby; Responds to Racist Comment by Tennis Legend

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Tennis star Serena Williams took to Instagram this week to share a tender letter she has to her soon-to-be born first child with fiance Alex Ohanian. It was a super sweet gesture from the 23-time Tennis Grand Slam champ.

The note, which accompanied a photo of herself in a bikini top and sarong, presumably from a beach babymoon she’s on with her beau, read:

My Dearest Baby,
You gave me the strength I didn’t know I had. You taught me the true meaning of serenity and peace. I can’t wait to meet you. I can’t wait for you to join the players box next year. But most importantly, I am so happy to share being number one in the world with you…. once again today. On @alexisohanian bday. 😉 from the world’s oldest number one to the world’s youngest number one. -Your Mommy


 


A day later, the mom-to-be left a message reacting to a mean, and arguably racist, remark by tennis legend Ilie Nastase who responded upon hearing the news that Williams and her white fiance are expecting, reacted during a news conference last Friday, by saying in his native Romanian  language, “Let’s see what color it has. Chocolate with milk?”

In her note, also posted on Instagram, Williams wrote:

“It disappoints me to know we live in a society where people like Ilie Nastase can make such racist comments towards myself and unborn child, and sexist comments against my peers,” Williams wrote in an Instagram post.

“I have said it once and I’ll say it again, this world has come so far but yet we have so much further to go….

“I am not afraid unlike you. You see, I am no coward. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? You may shoot me with your words … you may try to kill me with your hatefulness, but still like air, I rise.”

The last part is a quote form  Maya Angelou’s famous poem, “Still I Rise.”

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Smart and classy come back Serena. We would expect nothing less.

So Sports Bookies Are Already Taking Bets On Serena Williams’ Fetus, Really!

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Serena Williams has barely enjoyed a day of the world knowing that she is expecting her first child with fiance Reddit co-founder Alex Ohanian and the bookies are already in her taking bets on her little bambino.

 BetOnline.ag, one of the world’s online betting sportsbook site has folks gambling on things like the first letter of the baby’s first name, its gender, weight and whether the 23-time Tennis Grand Slam champ will have twins or triplets!


There is a term for betting on something tangentially related to a sports game, “propositional bet,” concerning an “occurrence or non-occurrence” not directly affecting a game’s outcome. Since Serena is actively training for any tournament, this is very very propositional.

When Beyonce performed during one of the Super Bowls, bookies took bets on whether she’d have a wardrobe malfunction and have one of her boobs exposed. Seriously. This is not a game. ha!

If you want to get in on the fun but with your own impending arrival or one of a family or friend, you can start an online pool using a site like Baby Bookie.

 

This isn’t new for pregnant celebrities either. When Kate Middleton was expecting her first child, her unknown due date kept the booking business popping then too.

People will bet on anything if they love to gamble!

[note: Speaking of which, if you or someone you knows suffers from gambling addiction, call  The National Council on Problem Gambling operates the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network at  1-800522-4700.]

 

Inside Ciara and Russell Wilson’s Baby Shower

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Flower crowns and white outfits were the theme dress for Ciara and Russell Wilson‘s baby shower held last weekend.

#BabyWilson Baby Shower. Loved My Flower Crown ❤️ 📷 @djmogg

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Celebrity guests like Serena Williams and Lala Anthony snacked on Shake Shack catered menu while attending the extravagant co-ed baby shower


Per E! News, event planner Mindy Weiss organized the event that was “like no other.”

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After dinner, the Ciara and Wilson’s close family and friends played games and danced the night away to music provided by DJ Nabs.

Also from E!

The party was held at a private home in Los Angeles where a tent was set up overlooking the city’s gorgeous skyline of bright green trees and blue skies. Inside, the tent was lit up by pretty string lights and big balloons that were adorned by gold and silver fringe. A dining area was formed in the shape of a square with balloons filling the space in the center and cute trinkets—like gold elephant statues, massive flower arrangements, candles and books—covered the table.

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Nice! The couple announced they were expecting last October after a whirlwind romance and getting married in a ceremony in England.

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Chasing Tiger Woods: Study says spending more on kids’ sports yields less happy kids

Parents striving for their kids to become the next Tiger Woods or Michael Phelps or Venus and Serena Williams and spending beau coup bucks on their kids’ sport activities are actually making their kids hate the sport, new research states.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the researcher who studied parental spending on young athletes expected to find a positive correlation of happier kids to increased spending. Instead sport psychologist Travis Dorsch learned that  parents who spend more on their child’s athletics run the risk of reducing the child’s enjoyment of the sport.

 “When parental sports spending goes up, it increases the likelihood either that the child will feel pressure or that the parent will exert it,”  Dr. Dorsch, a Utah State University professor and former professional football player told the Journal.


The study notes that the increased investments stem from increased expectations that their kids will excel and return their investment, but that is unlikely in many cases where the kids are learning to despise the sport. It recommends that parents temper their financial output.

Read more in today’s Wall Street Journal.
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Speculation: Kerry Washington is due any day now


Kerry Washington is probably term and set to deliver her baby any day now, according to speculators.
The third season of her hit show Scandal just wrapped and was shortened from 22 to 18 weeks to accommodate the star. It makes sense then that her due date, not previously announced, is upon us. 
And then she missed the season wrap party.  
“Super sad to have missed the #ScandalWrapParty a night out with my #Scandal fam but very grateful to be getting some much needed rest! Xo,” Washington tweeted on Twitter this Sunday, March 31.
And…
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As the sleuths at the website CocoaFab.com reported, Washington also missed an event where her husband Nnamdi Asomugha got honored for his philanthropic efforts by rapper Common‘s organization, The Common Ground Foundation‘s Gala of Gratitude at the Millenium Park hotel in Chicago, Illinois.
 (Side note: It could have been an awkward moment too considering Washington and Common were once romantically linked. Anyone ever notice that Common’s video for “I want you” featured three women he reportedly and really dated in the past: Washington, Serena Williams, and Alicia Keya.)
Anyway we can’t wait to hear news about the birth of new baby Asomugha.