The story was about how Serena Williams raised $111 million for a new venture fund, “Serena Ventures.” The incorrect photo did not appear in the online version of the story.
“No matter how far we come, we get reminded that it’s not enough,” Williams said on Twitter on Wednesday. “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.”
Williams ended her tweet by saying, “You can do better, @nytimes.”
“It was due to an error when selecting 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 picture of the incorrect photo, quickly racked up more than 3,000 retweets and more than 10,000 likes.
There are countless examples of news outlets in recent years incorrectly and embarrassingly mixing up African Americans.
And in 2018, Fox News apologized after using a photo of Patti LaBelle in a tribute to the late Aretha Franklin.