Serena Williams calls out the NYTimes after the paper mistakenly printed a photo of Venus

The story told how Serena Williams raised $111 million for a new venture capital fund, ‘Serena Ventures’. The incorrect photo did not appear in the online version of the story.

“No matter how far we get, we’re reminded that it’s not enough,” Williams said on Twitter Wednesday. “That’s why I raised $111M for @serenaventures. To support founders who are overlooked by ingrained systems woefully oblivious to their biases. Because even I am overlooked.”

Williams ended her tweet by saying, “You can do better, @nytimes.”

The Times responded on Twitter saying“It was our mistake.”

“This was due to an error selecting the photos for the print edition, and it did not appear online,” the NYT Business account tweeted. “A correction will appear in tomorrow’s paper.”

Williams’ tweet, which included a photo of the wrong photo, quickly racked up more than 3,000 retweets and more than 10,000 likes.

The Times reported that “Serena Ventures” will invest in founders with “diverse views” and that the firm led by Williams is “already an active angel investor with a portfolio of 60 companies that includes SendWave, MasterClass and Daily Harvest.”

There are countless examples of media in recent years incorrectly and embarrassingly confusing African Americans.

A KTLA reporter apologized to Samuel L. Jackson in 2014 after interviewing him and mistakenly thinking he was fellow actor Laurence Fishburne.

And in 2018, Fox News apologized after using a photo of Patti LaBelle in a tribute to the late Aretha Franklin.

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