Wed Jan 24 00:32:15 EST 2018
Serena Williams is ready to compete again!
For the first time in more than a year, Williams will be returning to competitive tennis for the Fed Cup, the U.S. Tennis Association announced on Tuesday.
The February tournament will be her first official game since welcoming daughter Alexis Olympia on Sept. 1.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion will play in the first-round matches against the Netherlands in Asheville, North Carolina, on Feb. 10-11.
Helping her defend the country’s Fed Cup championship is her sister Venus Williams. It will be the first time in two years that either Williams sister has been on the team.
The mother of one was previously scheduled to compete in the Australian Open to defend her title this month but withdrew just 12 days before the start of the tournament. (She lost an exhibition match against French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko on Dec. 30.)
“After performing in my first match after giving birth I realized that although I am super close I’m not where I personally want to be,” Williams announced on Jan. 4.
“My coach and team always said ‘Only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way.’ With that being said I am disappointed to say I’ve decided not to compete in The Australian Open this year,” she said.
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In the cover story of Vogue‘s February issue, Williams revealed that she had a medical scare following the birth of her baby girl, developing several small blood clots in her lungs. Though the surgery went well, she battled a pulmonary embolism for six days that led to multiple surgeries and a handful of additional medical troubles.
Famously, Williams nearly broke the Internet with news that she and her now-husband Alexis Ohanian were expecting their first child, noting that she was “20 weeks” along. Fans quickly did the math, and learned that she would have been about eight weeks pregnant when she won her 23rd Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open last January.
Tue Jan 23 23:50:09 EST 2018
In a surprising Where Are They Now update: actor David Joyner’s career has transitioned from Barney & Friends to owning and operating a tantric massage practice.
Though he was the character actor for the lovable purple Tyrannosaurus rex from 1991 to 2001, these days, Joyner works as a tantra massage specialist and spiritual healer, according to a recent interview with Vice.
Joyne’s massage practice has around 30 clients — or “goddesses” as the 54-year-old describes them – and charges around $350 a session which helps his “goddesses” release energy and balance their chakras.
He even admitted that both jobs share a specific similarity – how to handle the heat.
A practice most people know of thanks to famous practitioner, singer Sting, tantra is a meditative approach to sex and healing.
But it is not just about sex as, according to Joyner, his tantra training helped him through the long days on set when temperatures could reach 120 degrees inside the 70 lbs. costume.
“A lot of the elements of Barney were a lot of the things I was training with in tantra,” he said, adding, “I always said it was never an accident, and that I was meant to do this character.”
Though it was actor Bob West who gave voice to Barney, it was Joyner who expressed the character’s joyful exuberance.
“The energy I brought up in the costume is based on the foundation of tantra, which is love. Everything stems, grows, and evolves from love,” he said.
Stephen White, who was the head writer of the Barney franchise from 1992 to 2005, told Vice that he learned about Joyner’s new career like everyone else, but isn’t entirely surprised.
“I did know David was a very spiritual guy, very positive guy—he radiated energy. He was a positive person to be around,” White recalled.
Adding, “I thought it was an interesting transition for Barney. It’s kind of still the ‘I love you, you love me’ deal, but different.”
After 10 years of playing the children’s TV show icon, Joyner moved to Los Angeles and continued acting. He appeared on Shameless, That ’70s Show, ER, 24and The Young and the Restless.
But he’ll never forget the role he played for a decade.
“Barney was beautiful,” he told Business Insider in June. “Barney was very, very good to me. I loved being Barney. I loved everything about being Barney. But that chapter is gone.”
Tue Jan 23 23:12:57 EST 2018
Lisa Rinna has changed up her signature look!
The 54-year-old Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star debuted new longer locks on Tuesday, showing off the style exclusively to PEOPLE before showing it off to the world on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.
Her transformation comes from hairstylist to the stars Julius Michael, who had previously chopped the locks off of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Staub and Real Housewives of Orange County stars Tamra Judge and Peggy Sulahian.
“The last time I grew my hair out was when I had Delilah Belle. So 19 years ago!” Rinna tells PEOPLE. “It was time, what the hell!”
“I think spending the last two years with Erika Janye has rubbed off on me. It really has,” she joked. “She has the most fabulous hairdos. And in September, Julius and I did my hair of my face and it was really fun. This seemed like the next thing to try!”
Of course, hair does not go from bob to long locks overnight, so Rinna’s new lock was thanks to 14 inches of Hidden Crown Hair clip-in extensions.
“I wanted to do something different, dramatic and more youthful,” Michael, who owns Julius Michael Salon in Scarsdale, New York tells PEOPLE. “This is something anyone can get a home — a temporary fix without the expense of permanent hair extensions.”
For styling, Michael used Seven-7 Satara texture cream to give her hair more movement, and Seven-7 Gazar polish balm to add smoothness, shine, and tame the flyaways. He also used XFusion Hair Fibers by Toppik to deepen her roots and Wunder2 Wonderbrow to deepen her highlights.
Celebrity makeup artist Priscilla DiStasio also gave Rinna a fresh new look with head-to-toe Era Beauty airbrush foundation, Two Faced Born This Way concealers, Guerlain Terracotta Sun Trio bronzer, and Rincon Cosmetics liquid lipstick in Rodeo Drive finished with Wunder2 Perfect Selfie finishing powder.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs Tuesday (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.