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New York Times article mixes up Williams sisters


Serena Williams spoke out Wednesday after the New York Times inaccurately used a photo of her sister, Venus, to identify her in its print issue, reports NBC BLK. The article detailed Williams’ Serena Ventures, which recently announced an inaugural fund of $111 million to support early stage startups.

Normally, Black founders receive 1.2 percent of venture funding, according to Serena Ventures. However, 76 percent of the organization’s portfolio founders come from historically underrepresented backgrounds, its website said, and 47 percent of the founders involved with Serena Ventures are Black — promoting equity and inclusion in the financial sector.

“No matter how far we come, we get reminded that it’s not enough,” Williams tweeted alongside a photo of the Times article. “This is why I raised $111M for @serenaventures. To support the founders who are overlooked by engrained systems woefully unaware of their biases. Because even I am overlooked. You can do better, @nytimes.”