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Will Smith is reportedly in talks to play tennis champion Serena Williams' father, Richard Williams, in a biopic titled King Richard. Black Twitter is outraged at the rumored casting. You'll never guess why.

The rumored casting pf Will as Serena's dad sparked backlash on social media because of Will's honey hue skin tone.

While both Will and Richard are Black, social media critics say the role should go to an actor with a darker skin tone.

Black Twitter has suggested actors who they believe are better suited for the role, including mocha chocolate celebrities Idris Elba and Mahershala Ali.

"Colorism matters," tweeted sports writer Clarence Hill Jr. "love [Will] Smith but there are other black actors for this role."

"Will Smith is about to be the Scarlett Johannsson of black movies," wrote another Twitter user, referring to the backlash Johannsson received for her role as a transgender person.

But just as there are critics who disagree with the rumored casting, there are more level headed people on social media who see no problem with Will in the role of the 77-year-old tennis dad.

One user tweeted: "This is really pathetic and sad. He is an awesome actor and will play hell out of it. Doesn't matter his skin color. It's the talent!!"

Another Twitter user compared Black actor Denzel Washington to the late biracial activist Malcolm X, whom Denzel played in a Spike Lee joint.

"So let me understand that a black man can only play a black man now if he is the right shade of black. So that case Denzel Washington should never have played Malcom x. We as black people only brings ourselves down."

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  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Richard Williams is an American but they would prefer that Idris who isn't an American born portray him?
    Black Twitter needs to get some business.

  • bemetoo

    Lol I knew this would happen after I heard will would play sr Williams...

  • Gamer?? Chick

    ?

  • DeeFromLA

    So now a Black man can't play a Black man? This colorism BS has gone way too far.

  • Yup, I said it
  • Nik

    Will Smith playing Richard Williams is like Jussie Smollett playing Wesley Snipes. Nah.

  • Renee26

    Well damn... I think Will is too brown to play Genie in the upcoming Aladdin film...they coulda found a blue hued actor to play that role. Hell, the leader of our country is orange so it couldn't be too far fetched ?

  • Nik

    Yes! That's a more credible choice.

  • Renee26

    Hey... Idris on the big screen is ALWAYS a great thang ?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Unemployed nigros on Twitter with too much time on their hands... smh
    These nigros kill me with their fake "outrage" over nonsense.

  • http://www.findyournichewithme.com Low E. TUH!

    RIGHT

  • TheOwley

    Colorism is alive and well with black folks.

  • Renee26

    Whew...they sure are they daddies daughters!!

  • http://www.findyournichewithme.com Low E. TUH!

    WE JUST REFUSE TO BE SATISFIED! UGH SICKENED.

  • NewNew
  • ClaireHuxtable

    I'd love to see Dennis Haysbert play the role. He's very talented and has good range. [Allstate commercial, 24, Love & Basketball...]
    Plus he's a handsome piece of dark Hershey's chocolate.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Sam would be good. Plus he has a mean streak too.

  • Alextra Ballard

    It's a whole bunch of shidt we should be outraged over besides Will Smith being cast as Williams sr

  • Renee26

    Yes it is... I wonder if those complaining saw the list of people that auditioned. Will is a big name and this is going to be a big movie. I think his A list status is the reason he got the role.

    Of course there's plenty of other talented black male actors with darker skin...but how many are A listers who can play young through older age roles? Denzel couldn't do it cause he looks too old now.

  • Renee26

    Yes, I thought of him...and Don Cheadle but he too short ?

  • VernadineTheQueen?

    Wow! Black ppl need to quit this shyt. We make ourselves look stupid to other races. Damn can’t even get along based on a skin tone. We are all BLACK! I can’t believe how crazy some ppl are!!

  • PlayerP

    That is a beautiful picture of Serena.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Luv Don too. Haven't seen him in a while.

  • Yup, I said it

    And he will get ignorant with it too like those old men at the liquor houses.Lolol.

  • gail jones

    Clifton Powell

  • PlayerP

    Whose the big winner here today...NeeNee Boo!
    Hilarity! Got me over here snortin and chit

  • Nik

    LOL!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Wesley Snipes needs work!

  • Nik

    I don't think it's about colorism but rather aesthetic accuracy.

  • Renee26

    He woulda played da hell outta dat role... He got range. Controlling, Jealous and Pimpin under his belt ?

  • Thingamajig

    This is the equivalent of Aretha who wanted Halle to play her or that girl who played the late Aaliyah. Wasn’t Jada supposed to play Sistah Souljah back in the days and everybody was up in arms so SS scrapped that will quick.

  • Victorious82

    The better call Ving Rhames. They need someone with a lot of nose meat.

  • gail jones

    Nah, he denounced Black women.

  • Nik

    I think Jada was supposed bring Souljah's book to the screen.

  • iWasteTime

    R. Kelly gonna Jussie Smollett Gayle King.
    I wish Michael could do the sane.

  • gail jones

    That's mean!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Oh yeah...let him be hungry for as while.

  • Nik

    Don would have been perfect.

  • Renee26

    Lmao

  • iWasteTime

    Who's dack is in your profile ???

  • bemetoo

    Or Floyd daddy

  • Ni Ni

    Sandra!!!!! R.Kelly on the news acting a fool. He on thr crack yawl. Sandra, you got to do a post tomorrow. He done finally lost it!

  • bemetoo

    Hers

  • Nik

    **Googling pic of Ving to verify nose meatiness

  • Renee26

    Where's the link chile

  • Nik

    What happened?

  • Renee26

    ? I cannot!!! How do you not know??!!

  • gail jones

    EXACTLY! It's not about discriminating against our own. It's simply about a BETTER FIT!

  • Nik

    I know NOW! Just pulled him up. I did not realize. LMAO!

  • iWasteTime

    Fluck Kenneth, ole two timing ass!

  • iWasteTime

    He got a show on showtime with Regina Hall. Black Monday

  • Renee26
  • Ni Ni

    Gayle king is going to interview him n the morn, but cbs nightly news just aired a clip. I got second hand embarrassment watching it. He crynin and cussing, chile.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Thanx!

  • iWasteTime

    In the morning. With Gayle King

  • Renee26

    ? ? ?

  • Renee26

    Lordt!!

  • VernadineTheQueen?

    ???

  • Yup, I said it

    I don't care who they hired but white folks and Spanish people and Im sure Asians too get mad as all get out when another culture plays their roles. mexicans didn't like the Puerto Rican JLo playing Selena, white folks were pure foaming at the mouth about Rue being played by a black actress in hunger games and any other marvel comic for that matter. James Bond will never be played by Idris or any other black man and the Japanese will never have a Black Samuari at least not in my lifetime. Its is what it is. People want to see reflections of themselves when they watch a movie.

  • Renee26

    Her and Oprah are really on one huh??

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Who/where's Kenneth?

  • Thingamajig

    Yes that’s true and supposedly play the staring role of Souljah too and that went straight out the door. There are plenty of dark skin brothas that can play the heck out of that role. Someone on top mentioned Wesley Snipes. He would’ve been perfect!

  • Ni Ni

    Gayle king is going to interview him in the morn, but cbs nightly news just aired a clip of her asking him about the charges. He never really answered her questions, but got defensive talking about people bringing up old stuff and that he beat those two cases. It was ill advised for him to do that interview. He sounded either drunk or high.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Fire & Ice

    Delroy Lindo or Ving Rhames would body this role.

  • Nik

    Thank you. I have to tune in to that. That man is the epitome of arrogance, delusion, or both.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Sometimes you caint fix stupid.

  • Renee26

    Waiting to exhale

  • Ni Ni

    Jenny, he's lost it man! I'm about to go see if the news posted a link,

  • datjerk

    Delroy Lindo?? YESSSSSS!!!!! He would be perfect.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Ohhh yeahhhh!!

  • Trucie bedford

    Wait? What? A black man is not black enough to play a black man? And black ppl are the ones saying this? Am I reading that right? ?

  • Nik

    Wesley would have been good because he can play tough. I love Will Smith to death but I am very big on accuracy whether it's time period, clothing, and how the actors looks. It's not a light versus dark thing but rather wanting to see the best depiction of the character in every way.

  • Fire & Ice

    Yes!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • datjerk

    Well, in his defense, hes not a smart man.

  • TheOwley

    This is an old painful concept in the black community that never goes away. Colorism: discrimination based on skin color, also known as shadeism, is a form of prejudice or discrimination in which people are treated differently based on the social meanings attached to skin color. What if they had said Will is too light skin to play him. There would have been outrage from everywhere. Is Will now appropriating dark skinned black men. smh.

  • Eileen

    blk ppl got to much time on they hands...

  • Thingamajig

    So you just gonna parade around here in your Panamanian puff cakes like it’s nothing?

  • speakinmymind

    This is the dumbest shyt ever. No wonder "they" don't take us or our issues seriously in this country.

  • Nik

    I hear you but for me that's not what it is. I am a huge fan of media arts and one thing that draws me into a story is how accurately a character is portrayed, inside and out. Every little thing counts in making the character credible, that's why I prefer an actor who more closely resembles Mr. Williams. In this case the mention of color is not about light and dark but about resemblance.

  • Nik

    To be honest we need to stop worrying about what "they" think. We need to focus more on what WE think of ourselves. No other culture worries so much about what The Man is doing except us.

  • gail jones

    Chile, in these trying times, we all need a release.

  • Let them eat cake

    i just love this gif!

  • Ni Ni

    Well i can't find a link ?

  • Nik

    Ain't he sexy? That stare at the end...WOOT!!!

  • Nik

    I'm looking and can't find one either. Just have to tune in when it's time.

  • Joy King

    This is tragic. This further proves the only people who are color struck are our own people. Black folks always want to accuse the white man or the media of making a difference between light and dark skin, but they could care less. To them we're all Black, no matter how mix some like to claim to be. Why do we do this to each other. Will Smith is playing a role. He's an actor. The shade of his skin tone doesn't prohibit him from doing such.

  • gail jones

    Right. Like what Tony Rock said to a Tee-Em-Zee camera during the 'Oscars so White' controversy... "FÛÇk WHITE PEOPLE, LET'S GET OUR OWN SHÌT!"

  • Nik

    I see a lot of people commenting in this vein but I think it's presumptuous to think this is a color thing. It's more about character accuracy, and outward appearance factors in. When a person is cast they should look like the character they are playing if that person is a living, breathing person.

  • Ni Ni

    I might try to sneak and watch it at work.

  • gail jones

    I just saw that too!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    For me, it's not about color. There are just other Black actors out there that I think could really Nail the role. Some have more fire than Will.

  • Nik

    Oooh! Don't get canned, chile!

  • Guest©

    Denzel is much darker than Malcolm X and he did an excellent job portraying him in the Autobiography of Malcolm X movie.. Social media needs to be shut down for several weeks,l Ppl need to get a life!!

  • Nik

    Agreed. Every time black people have an opinion sometimes it is just an opinion and not a loaded complaint, colorism, racism, or any other kind of ism. I could watch Will Smith all day, but not as Richard Williams.

  • Passion

    People get up in arms over everything and everyone, after while there will be movies, tv shows or commercials because someone is offended!

  • Nik

    You have a point there.re: Denzel.

  • Thingamajig

    So, what you saying is that it’s ok for someone like Zendaya to play Grace Jones or Naomi Campbell in a biopic? You are completely missing the point.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Is Will old enough to play their daddy? ?? This should’ve been James Earl Jones or Morgan Freeman.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Right! Now I would have registered a complaint had they given it to Kermit Hart.

  • TheOwley

    The blow back is coming from Tweeter so the responses here are a reaction to the reactions plus reflections on what should have been done in casting. Had the 'white' casting folks gone to say Samuel Jackson over Will because of skin tone, people would have lost their minds for their use of "colorist" to determine who is best for the role. I think there are other actors that would have done a great job, but the skin tone should be left out of it. And who brought the skin tone argument??? Black folks and no other.

  • Nik

    LOOOOL! Precisely!

  • Joy King

    But we haven't even seen Will play the role yet. How do you know he can't bring the fire. Doesn't he deserve the chance. People are already counting him out based on the color of his skin. He's also years younger but clearly he's willing to age and do whatever else to bring this part to life. I just don't understanding why he shouldn't have the chance, since he is an actor.

  • Joy King

    If this is all you have to say based on my comment then no, you're missing the point.

  • Nik

    Of course we brought the skin tone argument because we come in different hues and notice them. White people don't pay attention to that, which is why they mistook Samuel Jackson for Lawrence Fishburne and he read them for filth over it on national TV. And rightly so, too.

  • speakinmymind

    Your opinion regarding what WE need to focus on is your opinion. I stated my opinion. It's a blog...there will be differences in opinion. Niggas love to be disagreeable just for the hell of it.

    What I think, as a Black person, is that Black people being up in arms over Will Smith portraying a darker skinned Black man is dumb as fukk.

  • Joy King

    Maybe it's not yours but that has been the complaint by the majority of people complaining.

  • Thingamajig

    ???

  • Nik

    I don't get on Twitter so I'm in the dark about that, Joy. Pardon the pun, lol.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    We can only go by their past performances.
    I'm not saying that Will isn't a good actor at all. I'm saying that immediately my mind went to other actors who have delivered the type of intensity that Richard Williams brought to the courts.

  • Nik

    My dear, I am just offering another point of view. In now way should you have gathered from my response that I am nullifying your opinion. I am too damn old to put that much effort into lessening the objections of another just to get my point across. Diversity of opinion is healthy, especially when it is respectful. Ad hominem attacks ruin the credibility of the speaker, which is why I don't engage when the conversation goes left. Peace.

  • speakinmymind

    Yes it is ok for Zendaya to play either of those roles if she embodies the personality of the person she is playing. Acting is about far more than looking like someone.

  • Joy King

    Maybe that's why Will Smith wants the part. To challenge himself. Actors who take their craft seriously, like to take on parts that most wouldn't expect for them to do. He's a great actor to me and I think he'll surprise people with how well he delivers.

  • Nik

    Off topic...girrrrrl, my block button finger is twitching! Some people don't know how to agree to disagree up in here. Unreal!

  • Coy little wink

    Will got too much joy and sparkle...this needs a grumpy character actor...a sour puss ?

  • Nik

    Ha! I love that; joy and sparkle. Samuel Jackson would be perfect.

  • NeverSurprised

    "Black Twitter has suggested actors who they believe are better suited for the role...",
    -------------------
    Is "Black Twitter" financing the film? People walking around with nothing in their pockets but lint always want to dictate how someting is done, something to which they have contributed absolutely NOTHING.

    If "Black Twitter" spent half as much time working on their educations and their careers as they spend being "outraged," perhaps they could be happy with their own lives, instead of sticking their noses into everyone else's. This is beyond ridiculous.

  • Russiancreme

    This is an art form. So I see where the artsy fartsy types are coming from when talking about visual accuracy. But dayum a blk man catching heat for portraying another blk man is stupid.

  • speakinmymind

    Say it louder for the people in the back!

  • NeverSurprised

    The film will probably span several years, so they need someone young enough to play him when the girls were younger. Then they will age him with makeup.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Nik

    Excellent point.

  • Anunnaki, in A twilight Zone

    Can black Twitter log out of life for a while, they embarrassing me

  • TheOwley

    The "they all look the same" adage is still alive, I get it. But for his role specifically they looked at all A lister actors and selected one based on (marketability, visibility, etc.).

    Mr. Williams looks and appearance was never a factor. All of these A listers would have been made to look exactly like Mr. Williams and that is what's important here. Look at the movie Vice and how they did with Christian Bale. Will vs. Sam = Will. Will vs Denzel = Will.
    Will vs Don Cheadle = Will. Someone suggested Daniel Haysbert vs Will, that goes to Will. My point is that they look at actors and also look at the bottomline; money.

  • Nik

    Looks aside, I don't doubt Will can deliver. After he played Ali and hit it out of the park, I was convinced that he could play anyone.

  • Topic Influencer

    Nobody said shit tho when brown Angela Bassett was playing red bone ass Tina Turner

    And fuvk. Black Twitter was mad over Idris NOT playing James Bond.

    Pick a side. And stfu.

  • Nik
  • Ms. EJ

    Wow! Serena looks absolutely beautiful and soft in this photo, especially her eyebrows. I wish she can get this same stylist back and/or go back to this look. She actually is a very pretty woman with great skin. I do feel that they should stick to cast that most resemble ( though some folks have pulled off characters of a different hue) the people they're portraying, however I just can't see Will in this role.

  • Li-Wright

    My objection is that Mr. William's story doesn't need to be told. He's just not interesting enough....I mean, he trained and pushed his daughters to be athletes - what's so great about that?

  • Topic Influencer

    Girl. They make my ass itch

  • Li-Wright

    I don't know why WILL would want to play a man who is so forgettable.

  • Ms. EJ

    Yeah, I just can't see Will pulling this role off. He can act, but I just don't think he is a good fit, but you never know.

  • Ms. EJ

    Ooh! I remember that. He got them together real quick. Unfortunately, I get that a lot at my job and I want to scream "We don't ALL look alike darn it!", but can't. It's annoying and offensive.

  • Li-Wright

    Will doesn't do much drama. And when he does he's not very compelling. For me, I wouldn't go to see a story about Mr. Williams life....what has he done besides push his daughters as athletes. I'm so sick of Hollywood taking everybody's life story and turning it into a movie. This probably deserves a Lifetime movie, not a big screen movie.

  • Nik

    It is very surprising what some people don't notice that is very obvious to others. Same with hair texture. We notice everything from 1b-4z, but someone who is only used to one texture of hair would not pay that any attention.

  • TheOwley

    That's exactly what I think. I would hope people would be more supportive of this project. There are many great actors that can play the family, but if they hire Zoey Saldana to play Venus, there will be outrage and rightfully so.

  • Bashi22

    Looks Beautiful here Serena

  • Ms. EJ

    I had thee same exact experience earlier on this site and decided to no longer engage with the poster. Once name calling and blatant disrespect comes in I disengage. I don't understand why we can't agree to disagree without going there. I do agree that it seems that many AA are fearful or worry about what Caucasians think of us and I truly don't understand why or where that comes from.

  • Missy

    Luuuv me sum Samuel.??

  • Topic Influencer

    Delroy looks a LOT like him and is a helleva actor. He unsung like hell. Dead on assessment

  • Nik

    I don't get on Twitter at all. I only know about it from what you guys say in here. I guess I am not missing anything.

  • Nik

    I did not think of Delroy. Yes, he would have been a good contender.

  • Coy little wink
  • Nik

    He has swagger for days with his backwards Kangol wearing, pimp walk, cussing self. Love him!!!

  • Renee26

    LMAO

  • Nik
  • Ms. EJ

    I definitely it's more of a Lifetime movie.

  • DroneRivers

    Yes she does. She needs to get those eyebrows back! Lol

  • Topic Influencer

    I'm not on Twitter. When half the blog picked up and went over there I was like bye. Sometimes their shit made it HERE and vice versa, so it shy'd me away from it period. All black blog comment section refugees went there. Panache commenters. AllHipHop folks. MAD spots. It was messy here for a long ass time as a result.

    It's why I try to protect our peace!

  • Fire & Ice

    Right! I hate how he's so underrated as an actor.

  • Ms. EJ

    Indeed, true.

  • Nik

    Please do protect our peace! I love hearing different opinions but some people think they need to spew venom when they are disagreed with. We should be able to exchange ideas without getting out of pocket.

  • Renee26

    Why is your profile pic a little penis??

  • Topic Influencer

    It's why I prefer here. I'm sharing this dialog with y'all. Das it. It's what makes it different and unique?

  • Coy little wink

    She been foolin with her face....

  • gail jones

    It's a Panamanian Puff Cake

  • Renee26

    Poor lil tink tink

  • Topic Influencer

    Ernie Hudson also is Unsung. AND Keith David. I love em ALL

  • Wreckognize Game

    I’m just playing. You’re right though.

  • Nik

    It comes from the pre-Civil Rights era when we had to be cognizant of what whites thought of us because it could cost us our livelihood and even our lives to do or say the wrong thing around a white person. Nowadays that behavior has transferred to how we deal with law enforcement, but there's still this self-consciousness when it comes to dealing with whites and other groups.

  • Nik

    Agreed!

  • Rayne

    This is so petty. ?

  • Ms. EJ

    The only thing I seen is her microblading with the eyebrows, but everything on her face seems the same. She is very pretty to me though, but the pictures in public don't often capture that. You think she had a nip and tuck on her face?

  • Renee26

    Naw that's a fat mf with his dack sittin on his balls... Seen it a few times in my lifetime

  • Topic Influencer

    Its why Im so gatdamn MAD at Oprah. I actually DO think Mike fondled some kids. But it's like bitch how dare you?

  • Wreckognize Game

    The first person that came to mind was Mykelti. Something about him reminds of their dad.

  • Mielle Downey

    Will is a terrific Actor and it is a dramatic representation of her life so who care what his shade of black is? As long as he can play the role and give the character a voice.

  • Coy little wink

    Its something...maybe fillers

  • Nik

    I can't wrap my brain around why she entangled herself with that, even if she can identify as being a sexual abuse victim. She should have passed that baton to someone else.

  • Wreckognize Game

    I think he will make it memorable

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    In other news... R Kelly sat down with Gayle King DENYING and CRYING... Chile...

    https://www.cbsnews.com/video/r-kelly-disputes-sexual-abuse-allegations-in-explosive-interview/

  • Nik

    Ohhhhhh! Yes, yes, and yeees!

  • HoneyHitchcock

    When I saw this scrolling across my television screen this morning. I thought that it was going to say Will Smith to play Serena Williams. It was early, I was drowsy ?

  • Nik

    Thank you, love! I was looking for this.

  • Topic Influencer

    Goes back to what you said we think of us

  • Nik

    LMBO! Splash some cold water on your face next time.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Definitely Lifetime. Especially they way they described the other woman and kids. Very confusing

  • Kristine

    People really don’t have something better to worry about?

  • Topic Influencer

    That's what you think of us Oprah??? That doc? I'm so mad

  • Alextra Ballard

    Lmaooooo

  • Nik

    I was like Auntie Oprah nooooo!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile and still didn't answer da question ..... straight up deflected it and said he had two cases ..... FOH Kelly .... https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/de079774180279c54ee97bacdac9bbf19629bdb1ca418e26da6dbbc251929b25.gif

  • Topic Influencer

    Yessss

  • Nik

    Just watched it. That fool spazzed out! He needs to fall under the power, get healed, deliver-T, and set free! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e3036dd1de0d01ed41941a223f9fc79fb2e152c624056281d3ba75c77460b742.gif

  • Nik

    He lost his remaining strands of hair in that joint! Did he not learn from Jussie's interview that you can't fool an old fox?

  • Wreckognize Game

    Wow! I BEAT MY CASE! That sounds like you were Guilty, Sir.

    Thanks for posting this?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    This another Jussie Smolett playing got damyum victim ...... Burn ....... in da https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5c070957ea5736a07d313546dedc61c1a47e8ff9d3d2fcc06cf4af8c182660eb.gif pits of hell Kelly ......

  • Coy little wink
  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I swear folks do da most lololol rofl he fell hard

  • Nik

    A link was posted in here a few minutes ago. You have go to see that fool flip out. Unreal! If I were Gayle I would have called security.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    It's her spirit chile ... stay tuned ..... ain't cute at all

  • Nik

    I think it's fillers. I think Serena is naturally beautiful. She has excellent facial bone structure and a great smile. She should not tamper with anything on her.

  • Coy little wink

    Yep...I see it

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Nik

    After the U.S. Open I noticed a shift. Don't know what it's about, though.

  • Coy little wink

    Too late

  • Nik

    Benny Hinn stay doing theatrics.

  • Nik

    All that stuff makes people look bloated.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Nik

    aaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahaha!!! Justin says, "Whatchusay??" LOL!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Kells need to cut da shyt .... now .... a mess

  • Coy little wink

    Yep...plumped...that's the Hollywood look tho

  • Anji

    This tickled me. I played the same courts when the girls were young and I felt sorry because Daddy Williams was harsh...a lot.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Alextra Ballard

    Crine???? Chile Kellz know he is dunT

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • Nik

    LMAO!!! Elmo doing stunts and played himself.

  • Coy little wink

    So I nailed it huh ?

  • Alextra Ballard

    Lawwwd my head hurtz....dis shidt ain't help'n it....Cdfuuuu

  • Anji

    I truly "get" the Oprah part...but I ditched her late 80s so...

  • Nik

    They can keep that.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Lmaooo

  • Nik

    Didn't he? Talking about he is fighting for his life. Negroooo, puhlease!!! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/321a9352e99a34aadbc2746ba4450ddf2a2a4ba2bae1aa8b070c71359cb888f4.gif

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile Kellls bout to get dragged ........... https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7ae7050bdbdfb8c901af826bfc35d43fbf3845ef012cc133fdf8a66ba764cfc7.gif Again ....... drag away is what I say !!!!

  • Topic Influencer

    Girl. I Hate you??????

  • Gloria

    Serena looks beautiful in that pic.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Yop

  • Topic Influencer

    Issa dick. I know bc I started drooling

  • Wreckognize Game

    My old azz swore you wrote Benny Hill.

  • Nik

    It's going to be our business when Sandra posts about that interview. Let the games begin! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9f6a020c1308593a708d99d51aecebb600ba74cd59fb39e1bc4998c2abc54b80.gif

  • MsSapphire9800

    I wish Black Twitter would crash and burn....sick of them...

  • Nik

    HA! That was my show! Loved that little gazoo sounding theme song, lol.

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  • Alextra Ballard

    Since yew bought it up....ni I'm wondering who gon play Serena and Venus in this biopic

  • Anji

    ?

  • Wreckognize Game

    What’s amazing is that some white people I work with don’t get when Black or Hispanic people say they didn’t see people that looked like us on tv. Imagine before social media, cells, and FaceTime and somebody asked me what I looked like. My description was a mix of MCLyte and Kim Fields. ?

  • Wreckognize Game

    I used to sneak and watch that and SNL

  • Nik

    I had to stay up late and watch it after wrestling went off. The good old days!

  • Wreckognize Game

    Gayle is not with the shyts and shenanigans

  • HoneyHitchcock

    Every time this man opens his mouth, he digs himself deeper in do-do.

  • gail jones

    You killin' me!??????

  • Fire & Ice

    Yes, they're both underrated as well. I guess that's how hollyweird works smh.

  • gail jones

    Right. Like what Tony Rock said to a Teà-m-z camera during the 'O$çárs so White' controversy... "Fhûçk WH?tè PEOPLE, LET'S GET OUR OWN SH?t"

  • Ronnie Hill

    2 gay dudes

  • KcoolMuziq

    Mahershala Ali(whom I attended The Grown Up Awards with a few weeks ago) is booked to CAPACITY. Will(whom I worked with on a few of his projects) would be PERFECT.

  • gail jones

    ???

  • gail jones

    Let me put on my coat and shoes so I can go find your SENSE! LMAO!

  • gail jones

    Ikr! I would've said.... "I am NOT GUILTY, and therefore EXONERATED!" NEEEEXXXXTTTT!!!!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Girl, that isnt Elmo.. Thats this character from Fluffy Friends on youtube... Be prepared ???

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=U7xvlP56N-0

  • Zeta Aggie

    Oh good lord in heaven do these idiots not realize then that they are so stereotyping millions of white actor roles by complaining about this?!?

    Smdh it’s called acting for a reason!

  • Michelle Peele

    I'm gonna go with Halle Berry and Vivixa Fox...keeping with the hue factor

  • WhoKnew

    Denying what's on tape? Hurry up and lock his ass up, please.

  • Nik

    Oooops! I didn't have my flying fur ball reading glasses on.

  • Nik

    Hold up! This is hilarious! I was not ready!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Zeta Aggie

    Well heck they all look the same to me too lol

  • WhoKnew

    Every day dad's do it all the time. Is anyone shouting them out?

  • Dasright

    Your profile pic! Oh my ?

  • Anunnaki, in A twilight Zone

    Your azz, I'm fcking done. Goodbye maam.???

  • MsPam

    They need to get a ugly man just like their daddy I say Favor Fava ???

  • Ryan

    When Venus and Serena first started playing tennis he walked out to one of the few tennis courts near them every day asking the drug dealers if they could use the court for a little while to practice. They would laugh at him and punch him (which is why his teeth were so jacked, they knocked them out) but he kept going out there every day till finally somebody had some respect and let the man bring them there to practice.

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    I'm more pissed about him playing the genie in Aladdin.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Denying he has done ANYTHING wrong?

  • Nik
  • Nik

    LMAO!!!!

  • Logan Roberts

    That's the best I ever seen Serena look.

  • hi-liter

    Will Smith gone resemble Serena deddy when them Hollywood makeup artist get threw with him. He already got them high cheek bones just like Mr. Williams. Ion think Will would have taken the role if he thought they couldn’t pull it off.

  • ALLMINE?

    I really don't need a movie about them..I need a jay z biopic or Mary j Blige..

  • Dowoop

    I made the mistake of commenting on another blog once .... Never again... There are some real crazies in the digital world.

  • Dowoop

    Even before this loaded I knew it was gonna be THIS GIF

  • Malai

    Shit it’s 8:30pm where I’m at and I thought it said the same thing.. what’s my excuse ?

  • Malai

    So your profile pic... one of my ex’s from HS lil junk was made just like that.. he was proud of it too... talkin bout “it ain’t the size, it’s how u use it”.... yea OKAY ? I played sick and took my goofy ass home.. but check this, he got a beautiful lil girl now so I THINK the lil thang worked on somebody desperate ?????

  • gail jones

    Gurrrrrllll... You Just Killed Me!???????...

  • gail jones

    ????

  • Shira Harding-James

    Black Twitter gets in my nerves!

  • Wreckognize Game

    Exactly!! ?

  • Solstice

    ????!! Mess

  • Rhyme and Reason

    People can easily say who’s not black enough to play a role, but there’s a lot more than acting ability and resemblance involved!

    Mahersala Ali would be a great choice or Samuel L. Jackson or Idris, but Will Smith will get the BIG BUDGET, people into the theaters, fill seats, get the proper promotion and recognition!

    I believe this will be his best role since “The Pursuit of Happiness!” Mr. Williams deserves this film, as does his daughters, family and friends!

    I didn’t think he could play Ali, or Jaime Foxx, Ray Charles, and forgot Denzel was several shades darker the Malcom X, as I watched, and left the theater stunned!

    This isn’t the same as Zoe Saldana playing Nina Simone, which I didn’t agree with, but wasn’t mad that she accepted the role!

    #Team Will

  • Rhyme and Reason

    THANK YOU!

    Will wouldn’t want this kind of major flop in his career!

  • Kimberly King

    Y’all need to be respectful. Richard Williams is a f*cking legend. He told those nasty white people his daughters would be champions and they laughed at him. He also told them that Serena would be better than Venus and they laughed as well. Respect that black King.

  • WinterIsComing

    Oh please! If they had Thurgood Marshall being played by “Wakanda Forever” than Will Smith can play Serena’s father.

  • http://www.instagram.com/yeuphonic @yeuphonic

    Black Twitter ain't doing nothing different than the allegedly predominant black commenters on this site.
    They are simply using a different platform to comment on news stories from people running blog sites just like this.

  • iWasteTime

    Shut up ??

  • Ebony Starr

    This tribute has been too long in the making. I met Richard Williams years ago at a match. He was so nice and accommodating. He took pictures with me and my friend, signed autographs ( I didn't have a pen and he said, "somebody give me a pen"). When I went back to my seat I was asked "who was that?" I said that's Richard Williams. The guy said since when is the father of a famous tennis player famous? I said try the father of 2 famous tennis players. His story is equally, if not more, remarkable as Venus and Serena's story! I'm here for it! Whoever plays it, I'm just glad his story is getting told.

  • Star

    I agree Samuel L would be a good choice

  • Ms..N

    Lol!!

  • Faux Gibbler

    Pick your battles wisely. This is about Serena. If she is ok with it so should everyone else be.

  • Jethro

    Serena's a cutie.

  • dinedaaka

    Malcolm X is not biracial. He has some white ancestry like most of us do but he's not biracial.

  • Truth7981

    Damn Serena looks so much different now. And i will leave it at that..

  • Coffee1st

    Oooh... my momma used to say that!

  • ShWa

    I looked at the pics side by side and thought he looks nothing like her dad but he will play the shih out of that role so let it be and pick a battle worth fighting.

  • DeJeri

    WOW. Isn't that what stage makeup is for?

  • DeJeri

    I'm glad I'm not on Twitter. Is there a separate Twitter for black people? Why do they call it "Black Twitter?" Serious question

  • Lady_Elle

    This should be passed to another actor... perhaps Mahershala Ali could be in the running.

    I guess it also depends on the age range being portrayed.

  • Rayscoty

    So they want Wesley Snipes to play the role?

    Hollywood need some new actors. I'm sick of seeing the person ?

  • ATL White Guy

    Serena looks stunning in that pic to me! - my wifey approved crush.

  • stav

    She looks really good in the photo above ,and softer!

  • free

    i'm tired of him too.

  • free

    nah, after what they did zoe saldana for nina simone, i just can't.

  • free

    i want an ugly MF like richard so i know it's real.

  • Jefferey Franklin

    Who cares. Black people in America need to get off the outrage train, We cry to much over ridiculous dumb sh*t

  • Renee26

    No lies ?

  • Blue

    Then it would be Blackface .. and they would be more mad. Can't win DeJeri.

  • Brown & Proud

    Serena looks sooooo pretty in that pic! Less is more mama! Quit with all the extra makeup already! Her waxy looking eyebrows she constantly rocks lately irk the hell outta me.

  • MSGREENMINUSTHEENVY

    I would like to see new african american faces in roles. Will can do other things, he is starting to become the biopic actor and that's just to limited for him.
    I don't care the color, make up can get him to resemblance of their dad.But I want the younger black actors breaking out to get a chance to kill these roles but money is what they're trying to bring in so it makes sense to start with will.

  • Missy

    Yessss..Natural ol skool swag!!

  • jayhawkpride

    You are absolutely right. Plus, we are the easiest people to troll!!

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    LOL

  • KcoolMuziq

    ?

  • KcoolMuziq

    Mahershala is BOOKED to capacity! Will will SLAY IT!

  • Hunni24

    Well that's why there is a makeup dept.

  • Bashi22

    Exactly

  • Trace da Ace

    I love me some Will Smith.... I mean LOVEEEEEE.....so I'm gonna pass on this post...

  • Trace da Ace

    hell...Wesley has stay out of jail first...lol

  • Nita Pie

    Its a movie which means its not real, people do to much. THe man that played Eazy E was ALOT darker the the real Eazy. Eazy E son was mad he didnt get the part cause he looked like his daddy. If you cant act then why would you get the part.

  • Banka

    This here is just stupid, we all know that "black is black"....

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I agree...its those eyebrows and the fact that she does her own makeup instead of investing in a professional artist...she's too beautiful to be looking the way she does now...

  • TheFlow

    False. There's levels. Black people are the only group where the standard or highest most authentic of the race gets put on the bottom.

  • TheFlow

    Stop pushing darkskin to the background people. You dont see whites pushing the palest of the pale to the back to make room for the more olive toned whites

  • YellowSauce

    How can we expect other races to not be racist when we are to our own .... The colorism thing needs to end ... IS HE NOT BLACK ... we need to look at people and not their shade of color and then we can treat people as HUMAN and not a shade ....

  • onelove

    ME TOO!

  • dru and neil

    Do you really believe that? Are you black? Because this sounds like something somebody white would say.

  • dru and neil

    Will himself should have declined...

  • Brenda Winston

    I figure if Elizabeth Taylor and all those other Becky’s could play Nefertiti then Will can dam sure play Richard Williams!

  • Banka

    I am VERY much a black man. Will smith is a good actor and just because his skin is lighter........ "C'mon really, that's just stupid.......!!!!!!

  • Banka

    How so ...?

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    "standard or highest most authentic"
    ...and therein lies the problem. No offense to you, but as a whole, that line of thinking has Blacks segregating each other more than anyone can blame Whites or any other color/race.
    Most black people today cannot trace their roots back to Africa. Most of us couldn't survive in the purest form of African tribe anyway! But that doesn't make someone more or less authentic, higher or lower than another because of skin tone.

  • Cricket404

    Shame, both are African American men who grew up in the United States, I'm happy it's Will and not an African Brit.

  • Sassie

    It ain't that Will is too light to play the father....it's that he's too HANDSOME...that man is ugly as shit and Will is just not realistic looking enough. Neither is Idris' fine ass. They need a different dude altogether.

  • Calikush

    Right! Her eyebrows looks like caterpillars! Lol

  • Mister Fantastic

    How much $$$ these people contribute? I see it's easy to distract these neegroes with race and colorism. Focus on making YOUR LIFE better by staying in your lane.

  • sjames

    thank you! and the same ppl saying color shouldn't matter if they're both black were the same outraged when Zoe Saldana, a light brown girl, played Nina Simone. they pick and choose when colorism matters as if men are automatically immune from what women go through. it seems outrage only comes when a light woman is portraying a dark woman but they never give men the same energy

  • sjames

    his movies have bombed back to back to back so no he will not draw in a huge crowd. plus, light women who get cast to play darker women ALWAYS get hate. Will Smith is not immune, regardless of acting ability

  • Rhyme and Reason

    I get that some of his films have bombed, but the Will Smith brand is still strong!

    Jada's Red Table Talks will certainly help promote, if she's still doing well, when the film is made and released!

    It will be the buzz around the film, how it's received by film critics, Sundance, etc., and the promotion!

    I don't think Will Smith is washed up at this point, time will tell!

  • parisjok

    wow, this is the most beautiful Serena I have ever seen. first time I have seen her with her real hair that is straighten. she is just beautiful. why is she not putting more of this look in her daily routine? guess it has everything to do with her being on the court so much and sweating so much which makes sense. love this look

  • parisjok

    its all about the money. he is the famous well known actor so that is who the people who are backing the film gave the ok on. end of story

  • dru and neil

    Okay, and I guess Idris Elba should have played Muhammad Ali then since it doesn’t matter.
    Maybe in the next MLK biopic, Jesse Williams can play Dr. King, since it doesn’t matter. Perhaps Vanessa Williams should play Coretta Scott King. Since all black is the same and all. Will is talented but he should have respectfully declined this part.

  • dru and neil

    I’m not sure if these people who ignore colorism are in denial, or if hey can’t comprehend it, or if they are making excuses because they are guilty of it themselves or what. My personal life is not terribly effected by colorism, but I will be damned if I sit here and ignore what people go through just because it doesn’t touch my own life daily. There are people walking around emotionally bruised for life over this sh*t.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    So we gon skip Larry Fishburne playing Ike. That was More of a difference. But he played the Hell out Ike, now didn't he!!!

  • HoneyHitchcock

    You were tired, it’s been long day?????

  • HoneyHitchcock

    Excellent question

  • Yam

    Excuse me smh. WE know this not her daddy. That's dead

  • Sweetness

    ???

  • Banka

    Whatever fool......... "Black is Black"

  • dru and neil

    Resorting to name calling? That’s a clear sign that someone is feeling defeated, and that’s okay, it happens. And no way in hell are you the solid black man you claimed to be, otherwise you would get it.

  • Banka

    Well yeah I am defeated, single handily by YOU,( I use the word fool alot no disrespect intended). We agree to disagree . Just hope that you don't find out the hard way that " BLACK IS BLACK"

  • dru and neil

    Right. And we are talking about performance arts, not getting profiled and pulled over, and beat up by the police, etc. So if you were a notable public figure, would you allow just anyone to play you? No likeness necessary? Just going off the one drop rule of “black being black.”

  • Heat2Hot

    This was a missed opportunity. Ving Rhames should have been cast in this role.

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