Grande announces return to Manchester

Following the recent terror attacks in Manchester, U.K. at an Ariana Grande concert, the singer has released an open letter to her fans, not only preaching a message of courage and love, but also announcing a return to the city.

According to NPR, Grande took to Twitter on May 26 to share that she will return to Manchester “to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families,” though a date is not finalized.

Grande continued her message by sharing how the response to the tragedy has both inspired her and made her want to continue to provide a unifying experience for her fans.

“The compassion, kindness, love, strength and oneness that you’ve shown one another this past week is the exact opposite of the heinous intentions it must take to pull off something as evil as what happened Monday,” she wrote. “Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.”

As for the lives lost in the attack, Grande said, “They will be on my mind and in my heart everyday, and I will think of them with everything I do for the rest of my life.”

 

 

Williams wants women to reach for the stars

Serena Williams didn’t want to just be the best female tennis player in the world; she wanted to be the best. Period.

That’s what the tennis phenom wrote in an open letter published in Porter Magazine’s Incredible Women of 2016 issue, according to Women in the World. Sharing that she was able to achieve her dreams partly because of the support she received, Women in the World says Williams wrote, “I was fortunate to have a family that supported my dream and encouraged me to follow it.”

However, she knows that not all women have the same support system behind them while some are even discouraged from following their passions. Women in the World reports that for Williams, whether or not to pursue her dreams all boiled down to her resilience.

“What others marked as flaws or disadvantages about myself — my race, my gender — I embraced as fuel for my success,” she wrote. “I never let anything or anyone define me or my potential. I controlled my future.”

Through sharing her story, Williams wrote in her letter that she hopes young women will be inspired to take control of their destinies and “push for greatness and follow their dreams with steadfast resilience,” because when we continue to dream big, “we empower the next generation of women to be just as bold in their pursuits.”

To read her letter in its entirety, click here.