Saturday, September 19, 2015

It's the birthday of Soledad O'Brien

Happy birthday to Soledad!

Birthdate: September 19, 1966

Birthplace: Saint James, New York

Mother: Estella, a Black Cubana (Afro-Cuban), was a French and English teacher.

Father: Edward, an Australian (from Toowoomba, Australia) of Irish descent, was a mechanical engineering professor.

Soledad's parents, both immigrants, met at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland in 1958 and married in 1959. Interracial marriage was illegal in Maryland then, so the couple was married in Washington, D.C.

Friday, September 18, 2015

I Am Latino in America

Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien is starting her I am Latino in America tour of conversations to amplify the Latino voice on critical community issues.

The tour kicks off Sept. 28 at Florida International University, with plans to roll out in five more cities and additional tours are planned for the spring and summer 2016, with more than 15 cities expected to host the live event.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Soledad O'Brien and #GirlsCan Movement with CoverGirl

COVERGIRL is celebrating the second year of its #GirlsCan program, a movement with a mission to empower young women to overcome barriers, break boundaries and be the next generation to rock the world. At a time when girls are preparing to go back to school and they, along with their mothers and fathers, are thinking about the future, COVERGIRL aims to inspire more women and girls to strive to make strides in areas where women are currently underrepresented, from technology and engineering, to media and sports, to entrepreneurship and beyond. To kick off the second year of the movement, COVERGIRL – which committed $5MM over five years to the cause – is sharing first-year results and also launching a video content series produced by journalist and documentarian Soledad O'Brien.

The content series features powerful stories of four women who have faced challenges, forged ahead and defied the odds to achieve their dreams, setting an example for many other women to follow. The pioneering women featured in the series include:

  • COVERGIRL Becky G, an inspiring young Latina rap star, who has broken through on the charts in a male-dominated industry
  • Geena Rocero, a transgender woman who has not only graced the cover of top magazines and ads for fashion brands, but is also an entrepreneur with her own production company
  • Tina Garnanez, a former female military veteran coping with PTSD, who fought for years in the military, where women make up just 15% of the population
  • Rochelle Ballantyne, college student, and currently the closest female in the United States to achieving the chess title of “Master” —there are only 50 female masters out of 846 in the US!

The series is available to view on the COVERGIRL YouTube channel at

“Women today are out there breaking barriers and setting records in all sectors of their lives but are still facing challenges that many people wouldn’t expect in the new millennium,” said Soledad O’ Brien. “We are so excited to work with COVERGIRL and share our series on how these courageous women are changing society. Their struggles are all real and relatable while their stories are inspiring.”

COVERGIRL® Celebrates Second Year of #GirlsCan Movement - MarketWatch