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1. Venus and Serena Williams will face off in the Australian Open final for a chance to capture the Grand Slam title.
After beating CoCo Vandeweghe in the semifinal, Venus returns to a Grand Slam singles final for the first time since 2009. And her reaction to winning is priceless to watch. (It includes lots of smiling and a few twirls.)
"At 36, the 13th-seeded Williams had become the oldest woman to reach the Australian Open semifinals," The Washington Post reported. After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that can slow energy, Venus has still persevered. She's resilient, an iconic athlete and the epitome of #BlackGirlMagic.
"Everyone has their moment in the sun. Maybe mine has gone on a while, but I'd like to keep that going. I've got nothing else to do, so let's keep it going," Venus said after her victory, via The Post.
Shine on, Venus.
2. I don't know about you, but all the Twittersphere has been talking about the past couple of days is BET's biopic "The New Edition Story."
BET won over Black Twitter with the music, dances and nostalgia of R&B boy band New Edition. The premiere of the three-part series attracted 4.4 million viewers, according to Billboard.com. It was the highest telecast in five years for the cable network.
The television event chronicles the rise to fame of band members Ralph Tresvant, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell, Bobby Brown and eventually add-on Johnny Gill.
The Boston Globe called the series "a faithful retelling of the group's highs and lows."
"'The New Edition Story,' which credits all six members of the group as executive producers, tells the story with verve and charm, meticulously re-creating videos and photo shoots and, more notably, creating rootable characters out of already-familiar stars," Maura Johnston wrote.
Apparently there were a lot of commercials.
But the overall consensus seemed to be positive.
We'll be waiting on it.