Good morning, Broadsheet readers! A striking profile of Serena Williams examines the concept of “black excellence,” the Donald’s war on Megyn Kelly rages on—and a decade after Katrina, we see what came of Oprah’s housing community for victims of the storm. Enjoy your Wednesday.
• Being Serena. This moving profile of Serena Williams examines the concept of “black excellence” and the tennis star’s refusal to follow a script that demands that she humbly swallow racist slights and comments.
New York Times
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Trump vs. Kelly. Donald Trump’s war against Megyn Kelly rages on. “I don’t care about Megyn Kelly,” he said, unconvincingly, Tuesday evening about the Fox News anchor who grilled him during last month’s Republican Presidential debate. Trump’s remark follows Fox News chief Roger Ailes’ Tuesday statement assailing Trump’s “verbal assaults” against Kelly—which came via the bombastic billionaire’s tirade of anti-Kelly tweets Monday upon her return to The Kelly File after a 10-day vacation.
• Welcome to Oprah-ville. Nearly a decade ago, Oprah Winfrey announced that she would spend $10 million of her own money—plus $5 million donated by her fans—to build Angel Lane, a community for 65 families displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Today, the development is “a hodgepodge of Oprah’s original vision and the settled reality of its residents.”
New York Magazine
• Got milk? Startup Milk Stork lets traveling moms order prepaid supplies for shipping their breast milk home to their babies. At $99 per day, the service is pricey—but will some road warriors find it worth the cost?
• Highlighting Huma. Recently released emails from Hillary Clinton’s server are shining a new spotlight on Huma Abedin, one of the presidential candidate’s most trusted aides. Some suspect the messages may provide new information about a controversial arrangement for Abedin to earn outside income while working for Clinton at the State Department.
New York Times
• Where the ladies at? What city boasts the world’s largest percentage of female-founded companies? Hint: It’s not San Francisco.
• Metal money. Modumetal, a startup that makes innovative nanolaminated metals for use in the oil and gas industry, has raised a $33.5 million-round of funding. The company, led by fourth-generation physicist Christina Lomasney, was a participant in the Startup Idol competition at Fortune’s 2010 Brainstorm Tech conference.
• Stress test. Researchers at Indiana University Bloomington found that women working in fields dominated by men are suffering dangerous levels of stress.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Erin McPherson is departing as chief content officer of Disney-owned Maker Studios.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Classroom chic? A new study of high school girls finds that they are three times more likely to enroll in computer science classes if the classroom seems “less geeky.”
• Leaning on J.Crew. Meet Liz Jackson, the woman petitioning J.Crew to sell customized canes.
• In the quiet car? A book club of 11 women, all but one of whom are black, say they were kicked off a Napa Valley wine train for laughing and talking. While a spokesperson for the train company says that the women were simply being too loud, the club members say their ejection was racially motivated. The incident launched a viral social media hashtag: #laughingwhileblack.
• Houzz puts on an addition. Houzz, the online community for home design and remodeling led by CEO Adi Tatarko, is making its first acquisition: gardening and home advice site GardenWeb.
• The Swede life. Louise Samet, new mom and employee of Swedish e-commerce company Klarna, took over Sweden’s official Twitter account last week. (The country regularly hands over its Twitter keys to citizens.) Samet tweeted that her company’s paid-leave policy—68 weeks, split between two parents—has allowed her to balance family and career, and she credited Sweden’s social welfare policy with fueling startup growth.
The New Republic
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|I’ve said to these guys, ‘If I ride you, it’s because I see your potential. I don’t care how good you are. Could you be any better?'|
| -- Arizona Cardinals coach Jen Welter, the first woman to coach in the NFL, on motivating her players |