Serena Williams has teamed with Lifetime on a project that is inspired by the athlete’s life. The network recently announced its 2016-2017 projects in development, and Serena’s film, Sister Dance (working title), is about “the annual dance-off competition she hosts with her sister, Venus,” per Essence. The project is one of many star-studded efforts to rebrand Lifetime and “serve audiences more engaging content about powerful women.”
Details about Serena’s Sister Dance have not been revealed, but it’s one of several celebrity-inspired works set for release this year. The Tupac biopic, All Eyez On Me, just wrapped production, and Janet Jackson is also working on a series with Lifetime. She will executive produce a show about the first and only female gangster during Prohibition, tentatively titled Queenie.
Fans of Serena were surprised to find her donning a bodysuit and tweaking in Beyoncé’s hourlong visual album that premiered Saturday night on HBO. Lemonade features a host of Queen Bey’s celebrity pals, but Williams’ cameo is the most buzzed about on social media.
As CNN notes, the tennis star teased her appearance via Snapchat prior to the video premiere, along with caption “Me getting ready to watch @beyonce #lemonade premiere on HBO. A birdie wants me to tell you all you EVERYONE to tune in. I have a feeling it will be AMAZING…. Trust me…”
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Also making appearances in the visual album were former America’s Next Top Model contestant Winnie Harlow, in a sequence that also included the mothers of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. Singer/actress and Disney star Zendaya appears in a scene with Hunger Games co-star Amandla Stenberg. Fans also spotted child star Quvenzhané Wallis, singers Halle and Chloe Bailey, and musical duo Ibeyi.
Peep Serena twerking for Beyoncé in the clip below.
Serena Williams twerkin in the new Beyonce video pic.twitter.com/x08no9gjpw
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While many fans were left in awe by the “beauty and power” of Serena and Beyoncé sharing womanhood through art, Williams was recently left just as stunned and starstruck when she met Tom Brady, and she gushed about the moment on Snapchat. Behold her fangirl moment in the clip below. The pair met at a charity event/premiere party for the film Keepers of the Game, a documentary about a Native American high school girls lacrosse team.
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Keepers of the Game explores how “Native American and women’s identities interacts with American sports culture,” per ESPN, and the film clearly resonated with Williams, as she said, “Being an African-American, playing tennis wasn’t super popular when I was growing up. Them being Native American and breaking out, just really touched me… That was something I could really relate to.”
“Strong is beautiful, and I think sometimes it is overlooked. It is the strength of a woman both inside and out that can really create a lot of confidence.”
Serena Williams won the Laureus sportsman award in Berlin last week. In a ceremony in the German capital, hosted by actor Bill Murray, she was rewarded for dominating her sport last year, winning three of the four grand slams. It was fourth third time picking up the top prize, although she did not attend the ceremony to collect the award. Serena previously won it in 2003 and 2010. Earlier this year, Williams, along with her nonprofit, the Serena Williams Fund, partnered with Helping Hands Jamaica to build (from the ground up) the Salt Marsh Primary School for Jamaican youth.
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