Sunday 16 December, 2018

Blake-Hannah wades controversially onto centre-court re Serena's baby

Jamaican cultural exponent, Barbara Blake-Hannah, has waded into a social media furore over the maternal options of global tennis superstar, Serena Williams, who gave birth to her first child, a daughter, on September 1.

Blake-Hannah’s hiccups came after she responded to a tweet from Williams, a black American, on Monday night.

In the tweet, Williams said: “It’s very weird for me to believe, I have a child. A Kid. I’m a Mom, a real Mom.”

In response, Blake-Hannah extended pleasantries before offering unsolicited advice to the celebrated sportswoman.

“Congrats on becoming a Mom, now be a real mother and stay home with your baby. Quit Tennis while you are a winner, and give your daughter a mother,” was Blake-Hannah’s advice to Williams.

The comment drew backlash from some social media users, who questioned Blake-Hannah’s judgement in believing that Williams, the world’s most dominant female tennis star for years and arguably the best ever, cannot balance a successful career and good motherhood going forward.

But true to her nature as a long-time advocate, Blake-Hannah defended her opinion by offering more details on her perspective.

She elaborated on her belief that “there is a growing age when the growing child needs Mom, and three months’ maternity leave is not enough, but five to seven years would be ideal.”

Blake-Hannah

And, as if that wasn’t enough, Blake-Hannah went into overdrive in declaring that Williams doesn’t need to play tennis forever because she has money and has a rich husband, and should focus on not only raising her child, but can start the best tennis school to inspire black girls.

Williams and fiancé,Alexis Ohanian co-founder of social media site Reddit, are reportedly over the moon about their little bundle of joy, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

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