2016 U.S. Open Tennis Tournament. New York. USA.

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The Undefeated In-Depth: Serena With Common aired on ESPN last night, and featured Chicago rapper Common interviewing tennis great Serena Williams about the complexities of the sports world.

The two spoke about athletes and entertainers becoming social activists, the sexism in sports that Williams has faced, race and body image.

“There was a time where I didn’t feel incredibly comfortable about my body, because I felt like I was too strong,” Williams shared. “And then I had to take a second and think, who says I’m too strong? This body has enabled me to be the greatest player I can be and I’m not going to scrutinize that. This is great. I mean, this is amazing.”

Regarding sexism and being considered one of the greatest athletes ever, she says, “I think, if I were a man, I would’ve been in that conversation a long, long time ago. Like six, seven years ago. Eight years ago … I think being a woman is a whole new set of problems from a society that you have to deal with, as well — and being black. So it’s a lot to deal with. Especially lately, I’ve been able to really, really speak up for women’s rights, as well, because I think that gets lost in color or gets lost in cultures. We are doctors, we are lawyers, we are athletes, we are everything. We are CEOs. Women make up so much of this world.”

Watch the entire interview below:



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