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Serena Williams has returned — and in spectacular fashion.

For the first time since giving birth to her daughter, the 36-year-old entered Grand Slam play at the 2018 French Open in Paris, dominating Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic in straight sets.

But it was the message behind her uniform that got many fans talking.


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All-black, with an eye-catching neon stripe wrapped around the middle, the uniform's symbolism resonated far outside the stadium.

"I feel like a warrior in it — like a warrior princess kind of," the tennis star explained. "(A) queen from Wakanda."

Wakanda, of course, is the fictional, mystical African nation home to Marvel's Black Panther. The superhero film tore up the box office earlier this year, earned rave reviews from critics, and inspired a wave of black pride fashion amongst the film's stars and moviegoers.

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Her "Black Panther" get-up quickly sent Twitter abuzz with the term "catsuit," as Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim pointed out in an interview with the athlete shortly after her victory.

"You can't beat a catsuit, right?" Williams said with a smile.

"[This uniform represents] all the moms out there that had a tough pregnancy and had to come back and try to be fierce in the middle of everything."

The uniform's design had a practical use for this fierce new mom too: Its extra-snug fit helped prevent blood clots, according to The Guardian.

And for Williams, that feature is critical.

The tennis champ has been candid about the health challenges she's endured since giving birth.

Her daughter was born via emergency C-section after the baby's heart rate dropped dramatically during contractions, the tennis star wrote for CNN in February. In the following days, a number of health complications — including a pulmonary embolism in Williams' lungs, a large swelling of clotted blood in her abdomen, and a tear in her C-section wound due to intense coughing — made her road to recovery anything but smooth.

"I almost died after giving birth to my daughter, Olympia," Williams wrote, noting how lucky she was to have had quality health care — unlike many new parents in the U.S. and around the world. "I consider myself fortunate."

Williams' story and circumstances are uniquely hers, of course.

Not every new parent is a wealthy, world-renowned athlete with the type of resources and luxuries at their disposal to be winning Grand Slam matches mere months after giving birth.

But Williams — in her marvelous catsuit — still has a message for new parents that's good to keep in mind: You got this.

"For all the moms out there who had a tough recovery from pregnancy — here you go," the star wrote on Twitter, sharing an image of her competing in Paris. "If I can do it, so can you. Love you all!!"

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Delivery driver's reaction to snacks left for him shows how a little kindness goes a long way

'Seeing a grown man get so excited about Capri Sun is extra wholesome.'

"Dee" the delivery guy stoked to get some Doritos.

Sometimes the smallest gesture can change someone’s day for the better, especially when that act of kindness lets them know their work is appreciated. Over the last few years, delivery drivers have done a fantastic job keeping people healthy during the pandemic, so Toni Hillison Barnett told News 11 that she and her husband started a tradition of leaving snacks for their drivers on the front porch.

The Barnetts, who live in Louisville, Kentucky, can see the drivers' reactions by recording them on their doorbell cameras. “I live for reactions like this to our snack cart! Thx to all of the delivery drivers out there! We appreciate you!” Toni wrote on an Instagram post.

Recently, one of the Barnetts’ delivery guys, a joyous fellow that we believe is known as Dee, went viral on TikTok because of his positive reaction to receiving some snacks during his deliveries. The snacks are tasty, no doubt. But it’s also wonderful to feel appreciated. After Toni posted the video, it received more than 100,000 views.

“Oh my God, you guys are the best, I gotta take a snapshot of this,” Dee can be heard saying in the video. “Oh, Capri Suns are my favorite, Yes!”

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Some people, on the other hand, get creative. I once came across a post on social media where someone claimed their pit bull puppy was actually a silver Labrador. But one woman on TikTok was harboring a secret cat in her rental that had a no pets policy, and either her cat was unaware or he was aware and was simply being a jerk.

My money is on the latter since cats are known to be jerks for no reason. I mean, have you ever left something on the counter for a few minutes? They make it their mission to knock it on the floor. So I fully believe this fluffy little meow box wanted to make his presence known in an effort to rat out his owner.

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He gave great performances in the musical comedy classics, "A Hard Days Night" and "Help!" while holding his own during The Beatles' notoriously anarchic press conferences. After he left the band in 1970, in addition to his musical career, he would produce the 1979 Monty Python classic, "The Life of Brian."

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One woman in Arkansas has taken to spreading kindness through writing letters to strangers. Allison Bond, 25, started writing letters over a year ago during COVID-19 when she couldn't attend school due to her medical condition. Bond has cerebral palsy and is at greater risk for serious illness should she contract the virus. Writing letters was an act of kindness that didn't require a trip out of the house.

Bond began by writing to soldiers and inmates. In fact, the first letter she received back was from a soldier. Bond told 5News, "I have one framed from a soldier. He had all his battle buddies sign it. So I framed it so I could put it up." She's kept every letter she's received.

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