Atlanta’s new Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Thursday that her transition team will include two rappers who’ve proven themselves to be abreast of the city’s political landscape. Southern spitters T.I. and Killer Mike will be sharing their insight on the city of Atlanta with Mayor Bottoms, as well as various CEOs and educators.
“I am grateful to announce this 38-strong transition team. It represents a tremendous amount of diversity and depth, and really the best and the brightest in the city of Atlanta.”
The group will help Bottoms carry out her platform of affordable housing, overhauling the city hall corruption scandal and improving education, according to The Jasmine Brand.
“I really want them to come with fresh ideas, and bring to me their recommendation for best practices for the city of Atlanta,” she continued. “To make sure we attract the best talent in the city and we are forward thinking and not just worried about the issues we are facing today but build a team that can project out for many years in the city.“
Recently, Bottoms topped Inc. magazine’s list of “18 inspiring women to watch in 2018.”
The magazine bragged about Bottoms’ “willingness to speak her mind, citing her mayor victory acceptance speech, specifically, Bottoms’ mention of changing the world.
I am proud to announce my full transition team, a diverse and engaged collection of thought leaders from Atlanta’s business, cultural, education, medical and faith communities. Thank you for your commitment to help continue and grow Atlanta’s progress. You can find the full press release by following the link in my bio section.
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“This campaign started around the kitchen table, with a group of women who didn’t have campaign experience but believed we could change the world,” she said.
Inc. mag isn’t the only list that recognized how outstanding of a person Bottoms is. The Atlanta Business Chronicle also listed Bottoms as one of Atlanta’s 18 movers and shakers to pay attention to this year.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.