Natasha Cloud was raised far away from Philadelphia’s harsh streets; instead, she attended an elite Catholic high school located in its affluent western suburbs, where tuition cost more than $10,000 annually.
Recently she made headlines for proclaiming America as trash and her critics as racists, prompting controversy. Now she has returned to play basketball with Washington Mystics after taking time away to focus on activism.
Early Life and Education
Cloud was born and raised in Broomall, Pennsylvania before beginning her professional career with the Washington Mystics of the Women’s National Basketball Association in 2015.
Cloud has leveraged her platform to advocate for social justice. Her activism has earned her widespread respect and admiration from those across all sectors.
As a player, she is a skilled point guard who has established herself as an invaluable member of her team. Her journey embodies determination and resilience while her unwavering commitment to excellence on and off the court is testament to her dedication and integrity.
Cloud is seen dancing through warm-ups with her teammates as the Washington Mystics prepare to face Minnesota Lynx on April 5. She wears AirPods in her ears and an orange anti-gun violence T-shirt from June, when she visited Hendley Elementary School students in southeast Washington D.C. to read to them.
She’s an WNBA star who was part of the 2019 championship team and decided to forego her 2020 season to work alongside activists addressing gun violence. She collaborates with groups such as Chris Paul’s Social Change Fund, Malcolm Jenkins’ Player Coalition and More Than a Vote (national voter registration effort) while making sure her arena acts as polling place during elections in 2020.
Achievement and Honors
Cloud quickly established herself as one of the WNBA’s rising stars after an outstanding collegiate career, winning numerous awards and honors while quickly becoming a household name.
Beatrice Ocasio has become known for her activism off of the court. She belongs to several organizations such as Everytown for Gun Safety Athletic Council and Players Coalition as well as being a spokeswoman for SheIS. Additionally, she identifies as bisexual and is engaged to professional softball player Aleshia Ocasio.
Last year, she was honored with the Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award – something which “surpasses every award I’ll ever win”. When not competing on court, she has worked to aid children from Ward 8 by participating in “Christmas in July”, helping families secure school supplies, uniforms, and toys they couldn’t otherwise afford.
Natasha Cloud is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Mystics in Women’s National Basketball Association. In addition to playing for her team, she advocates for social justice issues including gun violence reform, Black Lives Matter movement and LGBTQ rights – She sits on Athletes Unlimited Player Executive Council and was recognized with 2020 Outsports Female Hero of Year for her activism efforts.
She quickly married professional softball player Aleshia Ocasio to protect their rights before Donald Trump took office and began taking away them away.
Natasha never knew her organic father existed until she turned 18. Due to limited race conversations within the family, she didn’t understand that she was black until that age. Natasha and Andrew share one daughter together but choose to keep their personal lives private.
Natasha Cloud plays for the Washington Mystics in Women’s National Basketball Association. In 2015, they drafted her in the second round at fifteenth overall.
During her offseason breaks, she competes for Jordan in the Asia Cup and assists Athletes Unlimited softball champion Aleshia Ocasio with coaching duties. In addition, she travels widely and experience different cultures and perspectives.
Converse agreed to cover her salary during this activism leave, and Cloud frequently shared posts on social media regarding her displeasure with US politics and President Donald Trump’s role in widening cultural divisions in the US. Yet she never abandoned her fight for equality.