Opening Night At The US Open Tennis Tournament

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I can now die a happy woman. After all these years, I've finally seen Serena Williams play tennis in person. I heard the grunts in person. I saw the pretty little black dress with the disappearing bow in person. I saw the power and the finesse in person. What an incredible player!

Venus was the opening act for little sis, and she pounded her opponent Kira Nagy of Hungary 6-2, 6-1.

First off, the Althea Gibson tribute was very moving and well done. Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins gave a great speech about the life of his good friend. The parade of First Black Women was really fun. I don't think I've been anywhere with that many influential and inspiring black women in one place. In fact black folks were well represented in the stands of Ashe Stadium and it was good to see. You can check out some pictures here.

Aretha Franklin brought the house down with her rendition of "Respect," and then later during a changeover when they played "Think" through the PA system, she led the crowd in a little dance. Others in the house, Gladys Knight, Christie Brinkley (who I thought was Heidi Klum), and Janet Jackson in the Williams family box.

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