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Serena Williams announced she is retiring from tennis after the 2022 US Open tennis championships later this month.

Her announcement took the tennis world by surprise.

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Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles — the most by any player in the Open Era. She is second only to Margaret Court who has 24 singles titles.

But the 40-year-old mom-of-one has been plagued by injuries for most of her career.

In an op-ed piece she wrote for American Vogue magazine, Williams suggested she's tired of chasing the Grand Slam singles record.

Williams wrote that she was unable to discuss retiring with anyone but her therapist.


"I've been reluctant to admit to myself or anyone else that I have to move on from playing tennis," Williams wrote. "Alexis, my husband, and I have hardly talked about it; it's like a taboo topic. I can't even have this conversation with my mom and dad. It's like it's not real until you say it out loud. It comes up, I get an uncomfortable lump in my throat, and I start to cry. The only person I've really gone there with is my therapist!"

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Williams said she isn't comfortable using the word "retirement," even though she's going through with it.

"Maybe the best word to describe what I'm up to is evolution," Williams wrote in Vogue. "I'm here to tell you that I'm evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me."

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Maury Povich, 83, announced his retirement after 31 seasons, Deadline reports. The Maury Povich Show launched in 1991. The name was shortened to Maury in the 1990s.

Povich is best known for providing free paternity tests to guests, before dramatically advising them, "You Are (or Are Not) the Father!"

"Six years ago when I was ready to retire, my NBCUniversal family asked me to continue the show," Povich tells Deadline.

"Even though I told them I was ready for assisted living, out of loyalty to NBCUniversal and my more than 100 staff and crew members, Tracie Wilson and I agreed to one more deal. I'm so proud of my relationship with NBCUniversal and all those who worked on the Maury show but as I occasionally tell my guests on Maury, 'Enough, already!'"

Tracie Wilson, EVP, NBCUniversal Syndication Studios, added, "Maury and I decided two years ago that this season would be the farewell season for the show, and while his retirement is bittersweet, we are so happy for him to be able to spend more time on the golf course. Maury is a television icon, a pop culture legend and we couldn't be more proud to have been a part of his incredible career."

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Justice Stephen Breyer reportedly plans to step down from the U.S. Supreme Court at the end of his term in 6 months.

Breyer's announcement gives Pres. Joe Biden time to find his replacement -- reportedly a liberal Black lesbian or transgender judge.

Breyer is the court's oldest Justice at 83. His retirement pleases Democrats who believe the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg stayed too long and deprived the Democrats of appointing another liberal to the highest court.

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The frontrunner on Biden's short list is D.C. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, a Black female judge from Florida.

Brown Jackson was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by former President Barack Obama in 2013.

Jackson is married to Dr. Patrick Graves Jackson, the chief general surgeon at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. They have 2 children.

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Biden is also reportedly considering Vice President Kamala Harris, 57, to replace Breyer on the Supreme Court.


Other potential Black or brown female nominees include 7th Circuit Appeals Judge Candace Jackson-Akiwumi, 42 (pictured).

The list continues below:

  • California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger, 45
  • S.C. US District Court Judge J. Michelle Childs, 55
  • District Judge Wilhelmina "Mimi" Wright, 58
  • Circuit Judge Eunice Lee, 51
  • Sherrilyn Ifill, 59

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Teyana Taylor is bidding farewell to her fans with a final tour.

The 30-year-old singer announced the dates for her upcoming 12-city "Last Rose Petal Tour" on Instagram Wednesday.

The Last Rose Petal Tour kicks off in San Francisco on November 7, and concludes on November 30 in Atlanta, Ga.

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The mom-of-two said she was "lucky" to be able to retire at a young age.

"How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. However for every goodbye God makes the next hello closer. Come out and watch me, leave it all out on the stage... One last time... Just for you & as my last rose petal falls, I say farewell..."

Her last sentence left some fans confused. Teyana reportedly underwent a double mastectomy after discovering lumps in her breasts in Miami earlier this year.

Due to her family history of cancer she decided not to take any chances.

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Teyana and her husband, NBA star Iman Shumpert share two daughters named Iman Tayla and Rue.


In 2019 your auntie told you pop singer Rihanna had retired from the music industry to focus on her business empire.

At the time, she had just signed a lucrative deal with LVMH, the world's largest luxury goods company and parent company of Louis Vuitton (that deal has since been canceled).

In 2019, a record label source who reached out to Sandrarose.com confidentially was upset because RiRi's refusal to book studio time was jeopardizing his job.

Within days, the singer's camp issued a statement saying she would release an "absolutely insane" new album.


In September 2019, it was announced Rihanna had signed a record deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. In December 2019, Rihanna hinted she was finishing up a new album and she planned to announce the release date in an Instagram post.

On March 27, 2020 she was featured on Canadian artist PartyNextDoor's song "Believe It" -- but her fans couldn't believe there was still no new album.


On Wednesday, Rihanna hinted she's gearing up to release a new single "soon".

The "Umbrella" singer shared a video honoring her career for Women's History Month on her Instagram which focused on her Anti era.

She wrote in the caption:

"Grateful to the most High for putting die hard supports in my circle... Congrats to everyone that contributed to this era (Anti), thank you team."

But many of her followers signaled they have lost patience with her. How long does she expect them to wait for a new album?

One follower commented: "celebrate by releasing a song", to which she replied: "I think I should" with the soon arrow emoji.

The Diamonds hitmaker then added: "just 1 tho lol."

Another vexed fan suggested she should celebrate coming out of retirement by releasing her long-awaited ninth studio album. To which she replied in Patois: "Lemme have me moment nuuuhhh??? Lol."


The "Work" singer hasn't released an LP since Anti, which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in January 2016. But she insisted she is "always" working on her music and despite fans' pleas for her to share her latest material, she claims she wants to wait until she's completely satisfied.

Annoyed that the few fans she has left are clamoring for a new album, the 33-year-old retired singer wrote:

"I'm always working on new music. Just because I haven't released an album in a few years doesn't mean I haven't been working on it. I'm not just going to put music out because people are craving it."


And with that, Rihanna -- who earns multi-millions selling makeup, clothes and shoes -- officially turned her back on her fans.

Rihanna's Discography

  • Music of the Sun (2005)
  • A Girl like Me (2006)
  • Good Girl Gone Bad (2007)
  • Rated R (2009)
  • Loud (2010)
  • Talk That Talk (2011)
  • Unapologetic (2012)
  • Anti (2016)

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    U.S. lawmakers and their allies in the news media have been caught repeatedly violating their own Covid-19 guidance.

    Dr. Deborah Birx is the latest public official to be exposed as a hypocrite for her do as I say, not as I do Covid-19 rules.

    It was reported earlier this week that Dr. Birx traveled with family out of state for Thanksgiving after issuing a public statement urging Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving.

    Birx was joined by three generations of her family for Thanksgiving holiday in Delaware, while many Americans isolated in their homes and communicated with family via Zoom calls.

    Birx defended her hypocrisy by saying she needed to "take care of winterizing the property before a potential sale." She added: "I didn't go to Delaware for the purpose of celebrating Thanksgiving."

    As a result of the ongoing backlash, Dr. Birx announced her plans to retire, calling the public backlash “overwhelming," per the NY Post.

    Lawmakers such as California Gov. Gavin Newsom and NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo have been caught repeatedly violating their own Covid-19 edicts.

    Newsom dined out with 2 dozen friends at a Napa Valley restaurant while ordering all restaurants closed during the outbreak. No one at the dinner wore masks.

    Gov. Cuomo and his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo have been spotted out and about without masks on in NYC -- even as they criticize others for doing the same.

    Their lax attitudes have led to speculation that health officials and lawmakers know the coronavirus is not as deadly or contagious as they claim.

    Here's a thread of hypocrites breaking their own COVID rules.

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    Teyana Taylor says her retirement announcement was her last resort after she begged her record label owner, Kanye West, to drop her -- and he refused.

    Teyana clarified that her retirement from music was a warning to her record label.

    The R&B star took to Instagram on Friday, Dec. 4, to say she felt "super under appreciated as an artist." She added: "I'm retiring this chapter of my story with the comfort that i can depart with peace of mind seeing that all the hard work & passion put in was indeed loved & supported somewhere in the world!"


    Teyana returned to Instagram for a Live session in which she told fans:

    "The majority of what that post was to warn my label who I’ve been signed to for almost 10 years. Everything that you guys see of me, everything that I put out, everything that I do is 100 per cent me. There's no gun to anybody's head to do anything that they don’t want to do. So yes, I am going to feel under appreciated if I'm putting in 110 per cent and my label is giving me - they’re reciprocating, what, 10 per cent of that."

    She claimed she asked her label - G.O.O.D Music/Def Jam - to drop her on more than one occasion, adding:

    "The crazy part about it is I asked Def Jam to drop me on almost 10 different occasions, straight to their face, up in the building, at the table. Like, 'Yo, just drop me, because at this point, I can't let this kill me.'"

    Teyana's headline-hitting antics was all the buzz this weekend. Her "retirement" was prompted after she was left stunned when her critically-acclaimed June release, The Album, failed to receive a single Grammy nomination for the 2021.

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    R&B star Teyana Taylor has apparently given up on becoming the next Monica of the music industry. She is hanging up her microphone after expressing her frustration at life as a "super under appreciated" artist.

    The "Lose Each Other" singer was left fuming last month when her critically-acclaimed June release, The Album, failed to receive a single nomination for the 2021 Grammy Awards.

    She took to Instagram on Friday, Dec. 4, to share her Spotify statistics for 2020, which revealed her music had been streamed 162.8 million times by 15.2 million listeners in 92 countries.

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    Thanking fans for their support, she said, "Wow, who did that? Y'all did that! Thank you..."

    However, Teyana, who is signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music, expressed her struggles to be recognized as a force in the music industry as she announced her plans to retire.

    "I ain't gone front in times of feeling super under appreciated as a artist, receiving little to no real push from the 'machine', constantly getting the shorter end of the stick, being overlooked, I mean the list (goes) on and on lol.."

    She added:

    "I'm retiring this chapter of my story with the comfort that i can depart with peace of mind seeing that all the hard work & passion put in was indeed loved & supported somewhere in the world!"

    Teyana, who turns 30 on Dec. 10, went on to suggest she wasn't quitting the entertainment industry altogether, adding:

    "To all my supporters from day 1 & all my new ones I love you and I thank you for everything & don't worry y'all know all hustlers have the understanding that when one door closes another will open...either that or I'm pickin da locks petunia!!! So wassup".

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    Serena Williams' husband Alexis Ohanian has resigned as a Reddit board member and called on officials to fill his seat with a black candidate to help "curb racial hate".

    The 37-year-old investor, who co-founded the popular news aggregation site, announced his resignation in an impassioned statement on Friday, revealing he wanted to do more to support the black community in honor of Alexis Olympia, the 2-year-old daughter he shares with 38-year-old tennis icon Williams, who is black.

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    "I have resigned as a member of the reddit board, I have urged them to fill my seat with a black candidate," Ohanian shared.

    "It is long overdue to do the right thing. I'm doing this for me, for my family, and for my country. I'm saying this as a father who needs to be able to answer his black daughter when she asks: 'What did you do?'"

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    Ohanian, who was estimated to have a net worth of $70 million in a Forbes magazine article last year, went on to explain he will be using "future gains" from his shares in Reddit to "serve the black community, chiefly to curb racial hate", starting with a $1 million donation to former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick to fight police brutality.

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    Cardi B fans rejoice! Nicki Minaj is retiring to raise a family with her fiancé, Kenneth "Zoo" Petty.

    The 36-year-old Barbie rapper made the surprise announcement in a tweet on Thursday, Sept. 5.

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    "I've decided to retire & have my family," she wrote. "I know you guys are happy now. To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da death of me, in the box- cuz ain't nobody checkin me. Love you for LIFE."

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    Rumors swirled that Minaj married Petty in a civil ceremony recently. But she dismissed the rumors.

    The couple initially dated when they were both teenagers in Queens, NY. He served seven years in prison for first-degree manslaughter and was released in 2013.

    The couple hooked back up in 2018. They have been inseparable ever since.

    Petty, who has a criminal record, came under scrutiny for carrying a loaded weapon during an Instagram Live video.

    Many pointed out that the 41-year-old ex convict came off supervised probation just last year.

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    At the start of the 2006 NBA season, Kobe changed his jersey number from 8 to 24 (his first jersey number at Lower Merion high school in Pennsylvania).

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