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KING RICHARD Is a Testimony to Black Parents

Growing up in Champaign, Illinois, my parents always told us that they worked hard to make sure we had a better life than them. Her dream was to see us blossom and not have to work as hard as she did.

Sitting in the theater and watching the path that Richard Williams and his wife Oracene laid out for their girls, not just Venus and Serena, but all of their children brought back to me the words my parents had said to me all those years ago .

The commercial for the movie KING RICHARD gives the impression that it’s about Richard Williams and how he single-handedly led Venus and Serena to success in the tennis world. That’s not the case. This movie is about how a family, fueled by a dream they all shopped into, supported the belief in Venus and Serena to succeed in tennis and beyond.

I sat down with Saniyya Sidney (Venus) and Demi Singleton (Serena) to have a chat about the film.

Expressing her thoughts on family dynamics, Demi said, “All my life, basically up to King Richard, I had always thought that the journey from Serena and Venus was just Serena and Venus and Mr. Richard. I didn’t realize how much her mother, Ms. Oracene, or her sisters Isha, Lynd, and Tunde were involved in their careers. One thing I realized was that this was a team effort. Something that the whole family supported her with. “

The Plot – Before Venus and Serena were even born, Richard Williams wrote a 78-page plan that his next two daughters would make history as star tennis players. The interesting thing is that neither Richard nor his wife played tennis, they studied so that they could teach their daughters Venus and Serena.

Throughout her childhood, Richard tirelessly made her train in all weather and field conditions. He had no problem getting into situations that could cause harm or embarrassment to put his daughters on the faces of coaches who could help them outdo each other.

Once he got them in the door, he wouldn’t give in or give in to his beliefs about how to train them. This is where the media started the negative press about how he dominates the girls and is demanding and unmoved in his views on how to expose them.

When I spoke to Saniyya and Demi, I asked if they believed the picture of Richard Williams was true.

Saniyya: “I have the feeling that the picture is trying …”

Demi: “Slander him.”

Saniyya: “Certainly. I have a feeling that what he was doing was so ahead of its time that no one could understand it. That was fine with him. They didn’t have to understand. He believed in himself and believed in his girls. For him that was the limit of heaven. He just did it. “

Demi: “He was tough on his girls, but not in a way that they couldn’t handle it. That’s what parents are supposed to do. They are meant to push you and help you be the best version of yourself that you can be. I think he did what he knew. He did it with love. Nothing he did for his girls or for his girls was malicious or malicious. He was an amazing father. He was a genius. As Saniyya said, people just didn’t understand, or maybe they didn’t want to understand. That didn’t stop him. He just raised his girls and see how they turned out today.

Saniyya: He and his wife definitely had a plan for them, and they stuck to it. “

Will Smith as King Richard captures the man from the corridor in his corridor to the stubbornness in his faith. Aunjanue Ellis plays the girls’ mother, Oracene “Brandy” Williams, and I have to say she is my favorite character in the movie. She lets us understand Orcene’s role in the success of all of her daughters and husbands.

We go with great respect and knowing their strengths. Saniyya and Demi as Venus and Serena are amazing. We see the dynamics of their relationship and love for one another, not just as sisters but also as friends.

Serena and Venus Williams

KING RICHARD is a must for families. You can go in with a sense of what you are about to see, but I guarantee you will feel fine and proud, not just of Venus and Serena, but of the entire family, run by Richard Williams.

To hear the review and my conversation with Saniyaa Sidney and Demi Singleton, please click below.

I give KING RICHARD 5 wink

Until next time keep your EYES in the sky!

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