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We all know the story of Venus and Serena Williams but “King Richard” does a masterful job at balancing a strong family picture/with a well-placed hint of racial tension, of the time.

Watching a man, of limited means, simply will his daughters to be the greatest, through struggle and heartache was inspiring. My daughters are 12 and 14, and immediately took to the mirrored bond, between the Williams sisters but as a dance dad, watching his focus on education, faith, and family, as well as their athletic gifts, has this picture perfectly tee’d up to be present at award time.

Kudos to Will Smith, who simply can’t do wrong (except for WiLD, WiLD West, and a stellar performance from Aunjanue Ellis as mother, “Brandy Williams”. Will Smith put on a superb performance by embodying the strong character of Richard Williams. Aunjane Ellis was a smaller character in the film, but WOW… She definitely will be getting a nod during award season. While the film is mostly centered around a young Venus, played by Saniyya Sidney, both she and Demi Singleton who played a young Serena put on an exemplary portrayal of duo. Both girls acted and played the game of tennis with such grace that you felt like you were watching the real thing.

It even got two, teenage thumbs up, from my daughters.


Venus & Serena Williams

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Shani is a writer and social media guru known for covering local topics. Catch her reviews on trending films and some of the biggest shows to invade Tampa Bay. She’s also into topics in hip-hop, fashion and the latest celebrity news. Follow @shanivalencia on Twitter