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SHE'S WINNING: Serena Williams Says Barely Breaking A Sweat In First U.S. Open Round Won't Kill Her Vibe

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After yesterday's domination without even exerting all her effort, Serena Williams now says no one should worry....she doesn't need a formiddable opponent in her first round to warm up for the rest of the tournament.  Check out the HERstory maker inside...

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When Serena's opponent on opening night of the U.S. Open withdrew mid-match, it seemed like a win-win.  'Rena gets to rest a couple of days and Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia gets tro save face from getting beat even worse than she did during the first half of the match.

While Vitalia claimed she was way too injured to continue, folks doubted it saying she knew there was no way she could be maybe she took her $36,000 appearance fee and peaced out.

Still, Serena kept it classy afterwards at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center n Queens saying such an easy match won't prevent her from winning her next games:

“No, I don’t think that’s a worry,” she said, “because my practices are really intense, and I fight really hard in my practices. I know that every match is a challenge. I have to be ready for everything.”

She said about how the match went:

“It was definitely different and bizarre,” Williams said of the truncated match. “But at the same time, I was still focused. I kept thinking: ‘Just stay focused. Don’t lose it. You never know what can happen.’"

Check out how the bizarre match all went down below with Serena speaking at the 5:24 mark.  She's 6 games away from making history with 6 consecutive Slams in one calendar year....



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Also doing big things for YBF chicks in sports is TEAM USA Women's Track Relay team.

Sanya Richards-Ross, Natasha Hastings, Francena McCorory and Allyson Feliz all ran the 4x400 Sunday in Beijing at the World Championship.  The ladies are bringing home the silver (Team Jamaica grabbed the gold).  And we're pulling for them to take over at the 2016 Olympics in Rio,

Sanya posted the above pic saying:

Motivation comes in all colors.... This time it was silver! Shout out to the Jamaicans who ran a great race.... #SeeYouInRio #SquadGoals #TeamUSA #Blessed

Work ladies!


Photos: Getty

SHOOT: The Weekend, Jhene Aiko. Kanye West, Taraji P. Henson Pose For Alexander Wang's "Do Something" + VH1 First Look At "The Breaks"

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Alexander Wang released a series of stills from his 2015 collaboration with the "Do Something" campaign featuring a Who's Who of talent from Hollywood.  See a roundup of the YBF celebs who posed inside and watch the trailer from VH1's "The Breaks"....

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Today, designer Alexander Wang and photographer Steven Klein revealed a series of pictures from the latest "Do Something" campaign.  Do is the world's largest global organizations for young people and social change, and they've been behind a series of "change" programs that impact every cause, from poverty to violence to the environment to bullying.

The pics below are from the limited edition Alexander Wang x capsule collection collaborated by @AlexanderWangNY & @StevenKleinStudio. 100% of net proceeds from the sale of these pieces support @DoSomething and all pieces are available in AW stores & on #WANG10.  Nice!

"Can't Feel My Face" singer The Weeknd was among the stars who posed for the global campaign. Also, we learned earlier today that Abel (his government) has been booked to perform for SNL's 41st season.  He's set to hit the stage on Oct. 10th alongside Trainwreck star Amy Schumer who will be hosting that evening.


Kanye & Kim, close friends of , topped the list of stars who posed.  Others include "Empire" star Taraji P. Henson, rapper A$AP Rocky, model Joan Smalls, Pusha T, Tyga and Jhene Aiko.

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Watch Alexander Wang talk about #DoSomething:



A video posted by @dosomething on Aug 31, 2015 at 9:21am PDT



On television...

We've got a FIRST LOOK” at VH1’s newest original hip-hop movie called “The Breaks” which will debut this winter.





“The Breaks” stars Wood Harris (Remember The Titans, Paid in Full) and Mack Wilds (90210) and is based on the book by journalist Dan Charnas’ entitled “The Big Payback,” a narrative history of the hip-hop business.

“The Breaks” is written, directed and executive produced by Seith Mann (The Wire, The Walking Dead, Homeland) and is scored and executive music produced by the legendary, DJ Premier.

According to VH1, here's the synopsis:

"The Breaks" will chronicle the journey of Nikki (Afton Williamson), David (David Call) and DeeVee (Mack Wilds), three friends united by their love of hip-hop, as they work to make their big mark in the music industry. The film will travel viewers back to the summer of 1990 in New York City where the music industry¹s artists and hustlers intersect in the dance clubs and the street corners of the still crime-ridden city. Nikki Jones is a brilliant recent grad who abandoned a scholarship to law school to pursue her dream of becoming a record exec. Her boyfriend, David Aaron, is the scrappy son of a legendary music producer who is unwilling to rest on his father¹s laurels and notorious reputation. DeeVee is an aspiring producer on the hunt to find the next big rapper on the come-up. Nikki fast talks her way into an internship at the premier hip-hop company, Fouray Entertainment and catches the eye of the label's infamous founder, while David struggles at the city's top R&B radio station whose celebrity DJ refuses to program real hip-hop. Meanwhile, DeeVee returns to his roots in the Fort Greene projects to scout for talent and runs into Ahm, a drug dealer with a lyrical gift whose talent could bring them all to the next level. But they will soon discover lives can be broken as fast as legends can be born."


We love us some Mack Wilds. Are you excited about the show?


Photos via Alexander Wang's Instagram/Do Something Instagram

T-Pain Sings The National Anthem Before The Dodgers Game + O'Shea Jackson Jr & Ice Cube At The 'Straight Outta Compton' Australian Premiere

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Hip Hop producer T-Pain wowed fans with his rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the LA Dodgers game while rapper Ice Cube and son O'Shea Jackson Jr. headed to Australia for the SOC premiere.  More inside...


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Yesterday, the LA Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants (5-4) after 14 innings, but the real winner was hip hop producer T-Pain.

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While the rapper/producers has made millions of dollars and several worldwide hits using auto-tune, he treated fans to his "natural" voice while singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" during the game's opening.   And it was pretty awesome! 

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While we aren't expecting him to go and release an album of acoustic tunes any time soon, it was refreshing to hear that voice of his.  On Instagram he wrote, "Thanks for having me @dodgers first time I ever sang the anthem. #ITFDB how was it??"

Watch the performance here: 



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Here's an interesting tidbit. T-Pain recently told Rolling Stone that if Donald Trump becomes president, he's going to move to Australia. He said, "He's got a hell of a PR person. He's got money — allegedly — and he's got PR. I think it's great. Do your thing, man. If he can win, who can stop him? It will be a huge deal. I will probably move to Australia, but good luck you guys."


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"Straight Outta Compton" star O'Shea Jackson Jr. headed to the land down under with his dad, SOC executive producer Ice Cube, for the Australian premiere of the film in Sydney.

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Here in the States, SOC remained #1 at the box office for the third week in a row, raking in over $13M and bringing its cumulative intake to $134 million.  Not many flicks are messing with those types of numbers.

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Outside of the US, SOC has been  massive success in other markets.  Recently, the film opened at #1 in the UK and Germany and we're expecting similar success in Australia.

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Congrats to the cast and their continued success!



Photos via Splash/T-Pain Instagram

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