JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR

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ABOUT MERLISA

It's pronounced mer-lee-sa. Once you get it, you'll never forget it.

Merlisa Lawrence Corbett is a journalist and author who writes about tennis. sports in society and interior design.

She is the author of the biography, Serena Williams: Tennis Champion, Sports Legend, and Cultural Icon.  A former tennis columnist for Bleacher Report and reporter for Sports Illustrated, Merlisa also covered sports for the Pittsburgh Press, Staten Island Advance, Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times.

Lawrence Corbett wrote the foreword for Arthur Ashe Jr’s. “A Hard Road To Glory: A History Of The African American Athlete: Track and Field.”

Her articles have also appeared in Ebony, the Washington Examiner, Essence, Capitol File and Black Enterprise magazines. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in journalism.

Currently a contributor to Tennis View and Black Tennis magazines, Lawrence Corbett lives in Central Florida.

Lawrence Corbett is a member of the American Society of Journalists and AuthorsNational Association of Black Journalists, the NABJ Digital Task Force, the USF Alumni Association and the United States Tennis Association. 

FEATURED WORK

SERENA WILLIAMS: TENNIS CHAMPION, SPORTS LEGEND, AND CULTURAL ICON.

February, 2020

More than a biography, Serena Williams: Tennis Champion, Sports Legend, and Cultural Heroine not only tells the story of her upbringing and remarkable career but also looks at Williams as a sports pioneer.  

BLEACHER REPORT COLUMN: THE PROBLEM WITH THE CONVERSATION SURROUNDING SERENA WILLIAMS

September 2015

When conversations on racism in sports arise, rebuttals often point to the popularity of beloved black male stars such as Michael Jordan, LeBron James or Russell Wilson. Bias against black men in sports—and any social progress in that area—has been well documented.

Less familiar is the unique brand of discrimination African-American women are subjected to: anti-black misogyny.

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