Photo: The Washington Post / The Washington Post via Getty Images
  /  08.21.2019

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any other agency, organization, employer or company.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms makes a difference in her community each and everyday.

Throughout her career, Bottoms has utilized passion for every project she’s embarked on. Within a couple months of taking office, she’s accomplished a lot including eliminating cash bail bond, appointments of an LGBTQ Affairs Coordinator and a Human Trafficking Fellow, and much more. The politician credits her success to how much time she’s spent educating herself. In fact, Atlanta’s 60th mayor received her undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University and her Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University College of Law.

For this year’s REVOLT Summit, there will be a political panel, which will offer advice on the importance of voicing your thoughts in the 2020 election. For this component, Bottoms will be joined by rapper/activist T.I. and political journalist Eboni K. Williams.

In honor of the occasion, we here at REVOLT have rallied reasons as to why Bottoms is the truth based on her accomplishments and the ideas she advocates for. Browse through them below.

1. Bottoms issued a 30 percent pay raise to police officers

Back in October of 2018, Bottoms issued a 30 percent pay raise to cops. This marks the first time in the department’s history that officer wages became competitive with other agencies in the region. Bottoms believes that a pay raise was long overdue. “It is time for the city of Atlanta to take care of those who take care of us, which is why our administration will immediately get to work to provide Atlanta’s officers with the compensation they deserve,” she said.

2. Bottoms created DOT

Five months ago, Bottoms announced that she was creating the city’s first Department of Transportation to address Atlanta’s most pressing issues: potholes and traffic. The goal behind the project is to enhance connectivity between neighborhoods. With the creation of more reliable transportation options, residents will have greater access to jobs, schools and other city services.

“Every aspect of our mass transit system must be improved in order for our city to meet the demands of our growing communities,” Mayor Bottoms said. “Improving mobility not only makes it easier to get around Atlanta—it helps level the playing field for all Atlantans to thrive and get ahead in a 21st-century economy. This newly created office provides a space for experts to convene and strategize how we can implement greater efficiency, and support the transportation needs of residents.”

3. Bottoms understands the importance of being a woman in power

During an interview with Rolling Out, Bottoms shared that there is a lot of pressure on her, especially being a woman. The Atlanta native is proud that she is a woman who young girls can look up to. As her career unfolds, she wants to encourage those around her to take advantage of every opportunity in life.

“As the 60th mayor, I am proud to lead on a world stage many watch,” Bottoms shared. “However, there are real heroes in the lives of black girls everyday. They are the mothers who make it happen in spite of their circumstances. They are the women who stood in the gap as role models. They are the teachers and volunteers who often believe bigger things for them than they can yet see for themselves.”


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Mayor Keisha Bottoms (@keishabottoms) on

4. Bottoms launched the “100 Men to Mentors” challenge

Mayor Bottoms believes that men should be inspired by the young kids around them. With the creation of the “100 Men to Mentors” challenge, the politician encourages men to help create a city where boys believe they can become anything they desire. While on Instagram, Bottoms encouraged all male figures to take advantage of the life-changing opportunity.

“I am proud to announce our 100 Men to Mentors Challenge in conjunction with the relaunch of Atlanta’s @MBK_Alliance,” she once wrote on IG. “Right now, there are 100 Atlanta boys, ages 6-14, on a waiting list for mentors through @BBBSatl. That is why I am asking 100 men in Atlanta to say YES to these 100 boys!”

5. Bottoms uses her platform to speak out against gun violence

In today’s society, gun control is a major issue and Bottoms uses her platform to educate her followers on the reality of gun violence. In an Instagram post, she admitted that anyone can be affected by this ongoing problem. As she continues in her position, Bottoms is hopeful that a solution is in the near future.

“Whether a 19-year-old like Omarion Banks, or 33-year-old celebrity like Nipsey Hussle, the loss of their lives to senseless gun violence is equally tragic. ‘We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools,’” she wrote as her Instagram caption.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Mayor Keisha Bottoms (@keishabottoms) on

If you love Atlanta stars and hip hop, you’ll definitely want to join us and AT&T in the ATL on Sept. 12- Sept. 14 for our three-day REVOLT Summit, which was created to help rising moguls reach the next level. Head to for more info and to get your passes now!

More from Dayna Heffenden:



View More



View More


Walmart has the home essentials for everyone on your holiday shopping list

Below, our gift guide highlights some of our favorite Walmart finds for anyone in need of a home refresh.

  /  11.24.2023

5 things you need to know about the 2023 Billboard Music Awards

“REVOLT Black News” correspondent Kennedy Rue counts down the top five moments from the 2023 Billboard Music Awards, including surprising wins, historic firsts, and dope performances. Sponsored by Amazon.

  /  11.20.2023

Dig In & Drink Up | 'Bet on Black'

In this new episode of ‘Bet on Black,’ food and beverage take center stage as aspiring Black entrepreneurs from It’s Seasoned, Black Farmer Box, and Moors Brewing Co. present their business ideas to judges with mentorship from Melissa Butler. Watch here!

  /  11.15.2023

Walmart's HBCU Black and Unlimited Tour kicks off at Central State University

On Oct. 10, Walmart unveiled a brand new, state of the art creative studio on the campus of Central State University.

  /  11.14.2023

The Walmart HBCU Black & Unlimited Tour visited Mississippi Valley State University

The Walmart HBCU Black & Unlimited Tour made its final stop at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) and left a lasting impact on students and alumni alike.

  /  11.22.2023

The Auditions | 'Shoot Your Shot'

The competition begins at REVOLT WORLD as rising rappers, singers, and musicians line up to audition for their spot on the main stage. Brought to you by McDonald’s.

  /  11.28.2023

Walmart continues HBCU Black & Unlimited Tour during lively Virginia State University stop

After unveiling their state of the art creative studio on the campus of Central State University, Walmart brought the HBCU Black & Unlimited Tour to Virginia State University (VSU) on Oct. 13.

  /  11.14.2023

Walmart HBCU Black & Unlimited Tour brings attention and wisdom to North Carolina Central University

On Oct. 17, Walmart brought the third stop of the HBCU Black & Unlimited Tour to North Carolina Central University (NCCU).

  /  11.15.2023

Walmart's HBCU Black and Unlimited Tour kicked off at Central State University

In October, Walmart unveiled a brand new, state of the art creative studio on the campus of Central State University. The HBCU located in Wilberforce, OH was the first stop on Walmart’s Black and Unlimited HBCU Tour.

  /  11.28.2023

Walmart brings in heavy-hitters for Black and Unlimited Tour panel

REVOLT is continuing its impactful partnership with Walmart by teaming up to showcase Black creatives at HBCUs all-across America. The panel consisted of three experienced, accomplished Black HBCU alumni: Actor and media personality Terrence J, entertainment attorney John T. Rose, and actress and “REVOLT Black News” correspondent Kennedy-Rue McCullough.

  /  11.30.2023

Dr. Jaqueline Echols' mission to cure environmental racism

The health of a community can often be traced to the health of the environment that surrounds it. In Atlanta, a woman named Dr. Jaqueline Echols has dedicated her life to helping ensure that people in economically underserved communities have clean rivers – for better health and for the joy of outdoor recreational space.

  /  12.01.2023

Investing in stocks in a recession | 'Maconomics'

Host Ross Mac provides useful advice for preparing your personal finances in the event of a recession. He emphasizes the importance of budgeting properly, building an emergency fund, and maintaining discipline when investing.

  /  11.21.2023

Walmart's Makers Studio at REVOLT WORLD transformed passion into progress

Take a look inside the Makers Studio presented by Walmart at REVOLT WORLD, a space where Black creators could hone in on their brand and see it come to life.

  /  12.04.2023

Pheelz talks expressing himself through music & his biggest inspirations | 'On In 5'

On this all-new episode of “On In 5,” multitalented Nigerian artist Pheelz opens up about waiting for his opportunity to fully express himself through music, his inspirations and emotions, and the musical icons he grew up admiring. Watch!

  /  07.11.2023

Walmart's Opportunity Center at REVOLT WORLD empowered HBCU students

Fly Guy DC taps in with REVOLT WORLD attendees to learn what the Opportunity Center, presented by Walmart, means to them and their futures.

  /  12.04.2023

Tiffany Haddish on therapy, wild fan interactions & the upcoming 'Haunted Mansion' movie | 'The Jason Lee Show'

On this all-new episode of “The Jason Lee Show,” the one and only Tiffany Haddish sits for a must-watch conversation about wild interactions with fans, her new movie ‘Haunted Mansion,’ bringing her therapist on dates, and being present. Watch the hilarious interview here.

  /  07.12.2023

16 best hip hop video games of all time

From Def Jam: Vendetta, Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style, DJ Hero and more, we list our favorite hip hop videos games of all time. Did yours make the cut? 

  /  11.06.2023

Kareem Cook talks growing up in The Bronx, studying at Duke & networking | 'The Blackprint with Detavio Samuels'

On this all-new episode of “The Blackprint with Detavio Samuels,” the host and REVOLT CEO sits down with Kareem Cook. Throughout the introspective episode, Cook talks growing up in The Bronx, studying at Duke and being nervous to be in the South at the time, network vs. education, taking advantage of your opportunities, and connecting with Debbie Allen. Watch!

  /  07.10.2023

DDG has his sights set on becoming a fashion hero & talks Halle Bailey being his "best friend"

In this exclusive interview, DDG opens up about his fashion inspiration, what drew him to girlfriend Halle Bailey, dealing with negative opinions about his relationship, and more. Read up!

  /  11.28.2023

BNXN talks leaving IT for music, linking with Wizkid, going viral & new album | 'On In 5'

For this all-new episode of “On In 5,” singer-songwriter BNXN discusses his journey from IT to music, finding his voice and originality, linking up with Wizkid for their hits “Mood” and “Many Ways,” and what fans can expect from him this year — including a new album. Watch the full episode here!

  /  08.08.2023
View More
Revolt - New Episodes