Naomi Wadler, the 12-year-old gun control advocate who made national headlines last year for her speech at the March for Our Lives rally, kicked off her new show, DiversiTEA, on Friday with an emotional interview with tennis legend Serena Williams.
Speaking candidly with the young activist, Williams said she was proud to see her and other young women of color leading the conversation. Gun violence, Williams said, took the life of her own half-sister — Yetunde Price was shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in 2003.
“All I think about is her kids — what they meant to me and how much I love them,” said Williams. “No matter what, my sister is not coming back … It’s unfair that she’ll never have an opportunity to hug me.”
Wadler, who has told Women in the World that she wants DiversiTEA to serve as a platform for women and girls of color, also spoke with actress Jameela Jamil about the importance of equal representation in media.
“I feel like we are in a time where I’m seeing the most women of color ever being put in positions of power,” said Jamil. “They’re being listened to, their words are being heard. And so I think just the fact that I’m currently experiencing this incredible rise of women, in particular, women of color, makes me think that is only going to continue.”
Last April, Wadler spoke at the Women in the World Summit in New York about leading a walkout to protest gun violence at her middle school in Washington D.C.
Wadler’s show, DiversiTEA, was developed in conjunction with Ellen DeGeneres for her website ellentube. Watch the first episode of DiversiTEA below.