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President of WNBA resigns

Lisa Borders resigned Tuesday as president of the WNBA after three seasons to become the first-ever president and CEO of Time’s Up, an organization aimed to ensure equal opportunity and protection for working women.

Lisa Borders

Borders joined the WNBA in 2016 after previously serving as vice president of the Coca Cola Foundation, president of the Atlanta City Council and the city’s vice mayor.

Since joining the WNBA, she has accelerated the league’s growth. Last year, the WNBA reported its highest regular season attendance in six years.

“It has been an honor and my absolute privilege leading the WNBA and being part of what it stands for,” said Borders.

NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum will serve as the WNBA’s interim president.

There are 12 WNBA teams.


Timothy Anne Burnside

White woman named curator of black museum’s hip-hop exhibit and some black people are outraged

The new curator employed by the National Museum of African-American History and Culture’s hip-hop exhibit is Timothy Anne Burnside, a white woman, and her appointment has made some black people hopping mad.

“This weekend, the National Museum of African-American History & Culture was at the center of an important discussion about why someone who is not African American has a role in telling  the story of hip-hop. We have heard many voices on the subject and are sensitive to issues raised,” museum officials wrote.

One person tweeted, “there is a white woman curating the hip-hop part of the NMAAHC Smithsonian”!!!!- who let this expletive happen,” according to National Public Radio. Museum officials admitted Burnside’s race is a sensitive subject.

Officials explained that Burnside, an employee since 2009, launched the Smithsonian’s first hip-hop collection 12 years ago. The National Museum of African-American History and Culture is part of the Smithsonian.



New executive director at the Chicago Torture Justice  Center

Rodney Walker
Aislinn Pulley

The Board of Directors of the Chicago Torture Justice Center has named Rodney Walker as the center’s executive director. Walker, who is pastor of St. Matthew’s United Church of Christ, had served as center’s director of programs.  ” I  welcome the opportunity to partner with all fellow justice workers who are working for healing survivors, justice for those incarcerated and fighting against institutionalized racism.

Aislinn Pulley will be joining the center as its new director of programs. Pulley is an organizer with Black Lives Matter in Chicago. She was an organizer with “We Charge Genocide.” Pulley also is a founding member of Insight Arts, a non profit that employs art for social change.

The Chicago Torture Justice Center is a community center for Chicago police torture survivors. It was established as a result of a Reparations Ordinance passed by the Chicago City Council in May 2015.

On Monday’s the center, whose address is 641 W. 63rd Street, Chicago, is opened to any person who is a victim of police violence.



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