STITCHER ANNOUNCES ALL-AMERICAN: VENUS & SERENA, THE NEW SEASON OF ITS ACCLAIMED SPORTS DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Premiering July 13, Venus & Serena explores the story of the tennis superstars to reveal how America often treats Black Excellence
New York - June 29, 2022 – Stitcher today announced All-American: Venus & Serena, the second season of its acclaimed sports documentary series. Produced by Stitcher’s Witness Docs unit, the ten-episode season, which premieres on July 13, documents the incredible story of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams. A trailer is available by clicking here.
While Venus and Serena Williams are revered today, twenty years ago they were both being booed. On All-American: Venus & Serena, host Cecil Harris, a veteran sports reporter who has covered the Williams sisters for nearly their entire careers, revisits the jaw-dropping moments that have defined their time in the spotlight, through interviews with retired tennis players, fans, journalists, and their former coach, Rick Macci.
Through their story, All-American: Venus & Serena reveals ugly truths about how America often ignores, scorns, and resists Black Excellence -- until it becomes undeniable.
“A father’s crazy dream of having his two phenomenal Black daughters revolutionize an overwhelmingly white sport is the most amazing sports story ever,” says Cecil Harris. ”I’m proud to tell that story on All-American: Venus & Serena.”
All-American: Venus & Serena is produced by Jordan Bell. Story editing is by Gianna Palmer. Additional writing and production support comes from Albert Chen. Mixing and original music is by Casey Holford. Kameel Stanley is the executive producer of Witness Docs.
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The series joins an already impressive lineup of prestigious documentary and narrative projects at Witness Docs, which includes, among others, Heaven's Gate, the Verified series, and the Webby-Award winning Toxic: The Britney Spears Story.
About Cecil Harris
Cecil Harris is a veteran sports reporter and the author of four books on sports and sociology: Different Strokes: Serena, Venus, and the Unfinished Black Tennis Revolution (debuted in February 2020); Charging the Net: A History of Blacks in Tennis from Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe to the Williams Sisters; Call the Yankees My Daddy; and Breaking the Ice: The Black Experience in Professional Hockey. He's written for The New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, Newsday, The (Raleigh) News & Observer, The Indianapolis Star, Gannett News Service, the Associated Press and Boxscore News. Harris lives in Yonkers, NY, USA.
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Released June 29, 2022