Saturday, May 23, 2015

So, Soledad posted on Facebook a shot of her in her new eyeglasses. What do you think?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Dietary Supplements and Military Deaths - Real Sports

Reporting for "Real Sports" on HBO), Soledad O'Brien covers the deaths of several members of the U.S. military tied to dietary supplements sold at their bases. the report also explores a possible link to Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and his efforts to limit regulation of the supplement industry. We see the story of a a young soldier at Fort Bliss in Texas, who died of a heart attack during training that is linked to a supplement called Jack3d, which the soldier bought at an on-base GNC outlet.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

O'Brien Tells Students To Seek Truth in Media

Soledad O’Brien advised students at De Anza College in California to seek truth in media

“If you were in fact to drop dead tomorrow would there be people who talked about who you were? Not your title, but who you were as a human being? Real value cannot fit on a balance sheet. Real value is if you are creating something that’s meaningful.”

“I believe stories matter. I believe building trust with an audience matters. We can use the platform to tell real stories and have real debates and make people uncomfortable at times and give real information and do what we should do. Dig up those untold stories about who we are: as individuals, as people and as a nation.”

O’Brien left CNN in June2013 and created Starfish Media Group, a media company and distributor to fulfill her desire to focus on stories of people rather than what she calls "fluff" in much of TV news.

“Even though there’s tons to report on in poverty, education, prison reform, those stories don’t get on because there’s this beard story or this skating squirrel they think we should end with. That’s the reality of it.”

O’Brien also talked from the perspective of being the CEO of Starfish. “My biggest regret is that I never took an accounting class,” O’Brien said. “If you have any interest at all in doing anything independently, understand accounting and understand finance. Understand your value. Do great work. Charge people for your work.”


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Soledad on Citizen Video

Eric Garner in N.Y., Walter Scott in S.C.; Eric Harris in Tulsa, Okla. and now Freddie Gray in Baltimore - despite her understanding of the power of citizen video, Soledad O'Brien is uncertain just how much progress has been and will be made as a result of it in the real world of race as it is lived by black Americans.

"Keep in mind that we saw Eric Garner killed on camera and the officer wasn't indicted," she said. "And a glance at the cases that proceed to trial and conviction show the deck is stacked against civilians."

"Now that we have video, it certainly has made a difference in what's being seen on the policing front," said former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien, who reported the channel's landmark documentary series Black in America. "I think people are starting to understand that maybe there's some validity to these stories — stories of people saying of their police encounters, 'I was fearful for my life.'"

O'Brien stressed that black people have known about the validity of the stories for a long time.

"Ironically, we did a chunk of this in our first 'Black in America.' Now, seven years later, as the technology improved and got personal-sized, more people are beginning to understand that if you are black, interaction with police can end in your death, whether you're guilty of something or not," she said.
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Monday, April 27, 2015

#BlogHer15 Announces Keynote Speakers Will Include Starfish Foundation Founder Soledad O’Brien

SheKnows Media, a women’s lifestyle digital media company, announced that #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us, taking place in New York, July 16-18, 2015. The opening general session will focus on next generation online content creators, activists and leaders.

Taking the main stage to present will be Anna Maria Ch├ívez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, Soledad O’Brien, Founder and CEO of the Starfish Foundation, and Samantha Skey, Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer at SheKnowsMedia, along with girls and young women whose lives have been positively impacted by each organization’s respective initiatives, and who represent the next generation of “Experts Among Us”.

O'Brien is an Emmy Award-winning reporter and critically acclaimed author, speaker and philanthropist. She reports for HBO Real Sports, National Geographic, Al Jazeera and other media organizations. O’Brien and her husband, Brad Raymond, created the Soledad O’Brien & Brad Raymond Starfish Foundation to help disadvantaged young women get to and through college. O’Brien will be joined onstage by top Starfish scholars with diverse interests, talents and educational paths. Together, they will share their experiences, the opportunities afforded by their education, and goals for the future.

"I'm thrilled to be taking part in #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us,” O’Brien said. “I'm excited for the opportunity to share the Starfish Foundation's mission of empowering and educating girls, alongside Girl Scouts of the USA and SheKnows Media. Empowering young women is the top focus of my organization, from the 25 core scholars within our daily program to the hundreds of high school- and college-aged girls we reach through our PowHERful Summit. I'm excited to be bringing along a few of our fabulous scholars to the conference to highlight firsthand what our Foundation does."