Friday, July 18, 2014

Soledad O'Brien in Essence Magazine

Did you catch Soledad in the May Essence magazine? The story covers her transistion from CNN anchor to CEO of Starfish Media Group.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The War Comes Home

Starfish Media presents its first documentary project, The War Comes Home, on August 12th at 9:00pm EST on CNN.

In it Soledad O'Brien follows two veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan as they participate in Save A Warrior, a program dedicated to helping soldiers who return home with Post Traumatic Stress.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Starfish Foundation Hosts Fourth Annual Gala

Soledad O'Brien along with her husband Brad Raymond will host the annual fundraising event, "New Orleans to New York City Gala" on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Espace in New York. The celebration is the biggest night of the year for the Starfish Foundation, created to provide promising young women a bridge between obstacles and opportunities.

Party guests will enjoy a cocktail reception followed by the evening's festivities which will include a special music performance by members of the Grammy Award-Winning trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and members of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. The event is proudly sponsored by American Family Insurance.

"We are excited to host The New Orleans to New York City Gala for the fourth consecutive year," said O'Brien. "It is always a great gathering as we honor our scholars and the commitment they've shown to pursuing their education. I look forward to celebrating with them and our supporters in a festive evening."

The annual gala will begin with an outdoor cocktail reception at 6:00 p.m., preceded by main event and concert at 7:00 p.m. All proceeds from ticket sales for the "New Orleans to New York City Gala" will fund scholarships for young women awarded by the Soledad O'Brien and Brad Raymond Starfish Foundation.

After witnessing the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina in 2006, O'Brien and Raymond began privately awarding scholarships to young women who didn't have the resources for success. As their efforts grew, they officially formed the Starfish Foundation to expand their reach and help even more young women. Today the Starfish Foundation provides scholarships to disadvantaged young women in under-served communities and is committed to giving more than just financial assistance to its scholarship honorees. The Foundation creates a customized support program for each participant that reflects that person's specific needs. To date, they have provided support to 28 young women.

O'Brien is an award-winning journalist – she has been a writer, producer, reporter and a TV news anchor for NBC stations locally, NBC network news and CNN. About a year ago, O'Brien left CNN to start her own production and distribution company called Starfish Media Group. The company focuses on telling stories that often fly under the radar. O'Brien has won many awards including three Emmys she won for reporting in Haiti, Hurricane Katrina and the 2012 election. She's traveled the globe telling stories, but her two favorite places are New Orleans where her Foundation was launched after Hurricane Katrina and New York City where she lives with her husband and four kids.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Upcoming Productions for Soledad O'Brien

Starfish Media Group, Soledad O’Brien‘s production company, is now a year old.

Five upcoming Starfish productions for 2014:
  1. a special for CNN on veterans struggling with PTSD
  2. New York City’s controversial “stop and frisk” program
  3. the Washington Corrections Center for Women, which allows incarcerated women to keep their children in prison until they are three
  4. For Al Jazeera, documentaries on a new model of “therapeutic justice” for teenagers in prison and
  5. a special on heroin use in America.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Soledad O'Brien Honored at YWCA USA Annual Conference

Award-winning broadcast journalist, executive producer, advocate and philanthropist Soledad O'Brien was awarded the Dorothy I. Height Award at the 2014 YWCA USA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

This award is presented to an individual who has had a national impact in the field of racial justice in the United States. Honorees are selected based on criteria that reflect Dr. Dorothy I. Height's significant civil rights contributions: service in a leadership role, commitment to racial equity and a high standard of courage, integrity and steadfastness in support of the YWCA's mission to eliminate racism and empower women.

"For more than two decades, Soledad O'Brien has brought issues of racial justice to the forefront, and right into our living rooms," said YWCA USA CEO Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D. "From her coverage of major news stories, like Hurricane Katrina and the Crisis in Haiti, to her examination of what it means to be black and Latino in America. Through her professional commitment to racial justice, and her personal mission to help disadvantaged young women across the country get a college education, Soledad O'Brien exemplifies the life and work of civil rights pioneer Dorothy Height, and we are honored that she will join us at the 2014 YWCA Annual Conference."

"I am humbled to receive an award named for civil rights icon Dr. Dorothy Height, who spoke out on issues of race, class and gender, and devoted her life to furthering justice and freedom for not only women, but for people of all races and gender," said Soledad O'Brien. "Journalism provided me with a national platform to talk about racial issues, to ask the tough questions and have those uncomfortable conversations, and I am committed to continuing that dialogue."

Soledad O'Brien is a dedicated philanthropist and advocate in the fields of racial justice. Over the past decade, she was at the forefront of the biggest news stories, and she was the originator of the critically acclaimed documentary series on race, Black in America and Latino in America. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, O'Brien co-founded with her husband Brad Raymond "The Soledad O'Brien and Brad Raymond Starfish Foundation," which awards scholarships to 25 disadvantaged young women to attend college.