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Reddit Brings In First Black Board Member Michael Seibel To Replace Alexis Ohanian

Alexis Ohanian‘s wishes to be placed on the Reddit Board by a black person has been fulfilled.

Reddit announced today (June 10) that Michael Seibel has taken over the vacated seat.

Michael is a partner at the startup accelerator Y Combinator, and also serves as CEO of the YC startup accelerator program, which actually helped to launch Reddit over 15 years ago.

“I want to thank Steve [Huffman], Alexis, and the entire Reddit board for this opportunity. I’ve known Steve and Alexis since 2007 and have been a Reddit user ever since,” Michael said in a statement about the appointment.

He added, “Over this period of time I’ve watched Reddit become part of the core fabric of the internet and I’m excited to help provide advice and guidance as Reddit continues to grow and tackle the challenges of bringing community and belonging to a broader audience.”

If you missed it, you can see Alexis discuss why he stepped down with his tennis star wife Serena Williams.

Serena Williams & Husband Alexis Ohanian Have Open Discussion About Him Stepping Down From Reddit Board

Serena Williams had an open discussion alongside her husband, Alexis Ohanian, about his decision to step down from the Reddit board to make room for a Black candidate.

During their IGTV chat, the married couple revealed that she actually had nothing to do with his decision.

“A lot of people might think I told you to do something, or I forced you — ” Serena shared. “He doesn’t listen to me, ever.”

Alexis confirmed that his exit has a lot to do with their daughter, Olympia.

“I thought about what I could do beyond a social media post, beyond a donation,” he said. “We need diversity at the highest levels of business now more than ever. Once I realized why I needed to do it, it became very easy.”

Alexis continued, “I thought about what those dollars could do for a community that has clearly suffered for far too long, and that I with my power and my influence and my privilege want to do something meaningful to start to show a change. To make a better world for Olympia.”

“One of the things that really broke me at some point in the last week, I was looking at Olympia, she’s 2½ now, and she is such a pure, just blank canvas,” he went on. “She only knows love. There is not an ounce of hate in her body…at some point, Olympia is going to have to have a talk with you, a talk with us, but especially a talk with you, about how she’s going to have to work that much harder, how she’s going to have to deal with this much more, that pisses me off.”

Alexis added, turning to Serena, “I’m sitting here like, if I’m this pissed off just now, how have you been able to endure your entire life? How have generations of black Americans been able to endure your entire life? Because If I’m just getting this mad right now, I wouldn’t be able to function.”

Serena shared how proud she was of Alexis for stepping down from his position just a few days ago.

Watch their open discussion below:

Serena Williams Reacts To Husband Alexis Ohanian Stepping Down From Reddit Board

Serena Williams is one proud wife.

The 38-year-old tennis great shared her reaction to husband Alexis Ohanian stepping down from the Reddit board this afternoon.

If you missed it, Alexis announced his decision to step down from the board earlier in the day, saying, that “I have resigned as a member of the reddit board, I have urged them to fill my seat with a black candidate, and I will use future gains on my Reddit stock to serve the black community, chiefly to curb racial hate, and I’m starting with a pledge of $1M to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp.”

Alexis expressed how his decision is based on what his and Serena’s daughter, Olympia would ask what he did to fight racial injustice.

Serena took to Twitter later, saying that Olympia would be proud of her dad.

“Having diverse views on any boards is important. So proud of you Alexis,” Serena wrote. “I know Olympia will be too.”

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Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian Resigns from Board to Make Room for a Black Candidate

Alexis Ohanian, who is the co-founder of Reddit, has announced that he has resigned as a member of the company’s board and he is urging them to fill his seat with a black candidate.

The 37-year-old entrepreneur is married to tennis player Serena Williams and they are the parents to a two-year-old girl named Olympia.

“I co-founded Reddit 15 years ago to help people find community and a sense of belonging. It is long overdue to do the right thing. I’m doing this for me, for my family, and for my country. I’m writing this as a father who needs to be able to answer his black daughter when she asks: ‘What did you do?’” Alexis wrote on his blog.

He continued, “I have resigned as a member of the reddit board, I have urged them to fill my seat with a black candidate, and I will use future gains on my Reddit stock to serve the black community, chiefly to curb racial hate, and I’m starting with a pledge of $1M to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp.”

Alexis concluded, “I believe resignation can actually be an act of leadership from people in power right now. To everyone fighting to fix our broken nation: do not stop.”

Watch Alexis talk about the news in the Instagram video below.

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Serena Williams Wins First Tennis Title Since Welcoming Daughter, Donates Prize Money to Australia Wildfire Relief

Serena Williams is a winner!

The 38-year-old tennis pro won her first title since becoming a mom at the 2020 ASB Classic on Sunday (January 12) in Auckland, New Zealand.

Serena defeated fellow American Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-4.

Serena‘s last title win was back in January 2017, when she was pregnant with daughter Alexis Olympia, 2.

“It feels good,” Serena said afterward, according to CNN. “It’s been a long time. I’ve been waiting two years for this moment. I think you could see the relief on my face…You have to be your biggest cheerleader, especially if you’re feeling you’re not doing everything right — or even if you are doing everything right but things aren’t working out for you.”

After the match, Serena announced that she will be donating the $43,000 prize to the Australian bushfire relief.

Congrats Serena!

20+ pictures inside of Serena Williams at the tennis tournament…More Here! »

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Meghan Markle Is Sitting in Serena Williams' Box at U.S. Open Final!

Meghan Markle is all smiles while sitting in her BFF Serena Williams‘ box at the 2019 U.S. Open finals on Saturday afternoon (September 7) in New York City.

The 38-year-old Duchess of Sussex flew back to the states just to see Serena play in the women’s singles finals!

Meghan was seen sitting next to Serena‘s mom and her coach Patrick Mouratoglou, and directly behind her husband Alexis Ohanian. Directly behind her were Venus Williams and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

Back in July, Meghan was in the crowd to watch Serena play in the finals at Wimbledon as well.

FYI: Meghan is wearing a J.Crew dress and you can get the exact dress right now for $118. She’s also wearing the Mini Mini Jewels Dog Tag Pendant.

30+ pictures inside of Meghan Markle at the U.S. Open finals… More Here! »

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Serena Williams & Alexis Ohanian Couple Up for Mouratoglou Tennis Academy Charity Gala!

Serena Williams happily strikes a pose alongside Hilary Swank while hitting the red carpet at the Charity Gala of the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy held on Sunday (June 23) in Biot, France.

The 37-year-old tennis superstar looked super chic in a green dress while accompanied by her 36-year-old Reddit co-founder hubby Alexis Ohanian.

The happy couple were all smiles as they enjoyed a night out together at the black tie gala with a celebrity packed guest list that also included Mike Tyson and Hilary‘s husband Philip Schneider.

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian were last spotted together at Anna Wintour‘s townhouse for the pre-Met Gala dinner.

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