Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Black and Blue Premieres Tonight on CNN with Soledad O'Brien

Soledad O’Brien uses the tragic death of Eric Garner, who was choked to death by New York police, as the launching point for a special  TONIGHT at 9 p.m. on CNN.

"Black & Blue” is part of her Black in America series and focuses on whether New York police too often use excessive force when questioning or detaining in black communities.

O’Brien talks to several men who say they have been repeatedly stopped or physically abused.

She also talks to Police Commissioner William Bratton and others about police policies and practices.

Soledad O’Brien interviews New York Police Commissioner William Bratton
in the CNN special ‘Black & Blue.’

Monday, November 17, 2014

Trailer for CNN's 'Black and Blue' with Soledad O'Brien

Black In America - Black & Blue Reported by Soledad O'Brien (Official Trailer)

“Black in America: BLACK & BLUE – Soledad O’Brien Reports” Premieres Tuesday, November 18 at 9 PM ET on CNN

Black in America: Black & Blue on CNN

Soledad O'Brien is making the rounds at CNN today. You can watch her on AT This HOUR at 11:45am ET, CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin at 3:40pm ET, and CNN Tonight.

Tune in tomorrow at 9pm ET for the premiere of Black in America: Black & Blue on CNN

Friday, September 19, 2014

Soledad O'Brien Celebrates 48th Birthday

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.

Her full name is Maria de la Soledad Teresa O'Brien. From Spanish, her first name would translate as, "The Blessed Virgin Mary of Solitude." When she started working in TV, many people recommended that she change her name, but she refused.

Soledad attended Smithville High School in New York and has a BA from Harvard University. Soledad is the fifth of six children, all of whom graduated from Harvard University

O’Brien served as an anchor and special correspondent for CNN starting in 2003 and was the co-anchor of CNN’s flagship morning program, “American Morning,” and then the anchor of “Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien.”

After leaving CNN to start her own production company, Starfish Media Group, Soledad O'Brien joined Al Jazeera America in 2013. She contributes short-form segments as Special Correspondent to Al Jazeera America’s primetime current affairs magazine program America Tonight and Starfish will produce hour-long documentary specials. Soledad also reports for HBO's Real Sports program.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Soledad O'Brien's THE WAR COMES HOME Debuts Tonight

CNN's new Soledad O'Brien special, “The War Comes Home,” will focus on veterans returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq coping with post traumatic syndrome, rage, and thoughts of suicide.

The special follows Delon Beckett and Garrett Combs, two returning veterans at a time that the Veterans Administration is under intense criticism for its failure to help American troops back from war. One in five veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffers from post traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, or severe depression, according to a Rand Corporation study cited by CNN. Almost 8,000 veterans commit suicide each year, and 22 veterans take their own lives each day, according to the VA.

In the special, Beckett and Combs are invited to join an innovative, Malibu-based therapy program called Save a Warrior. Founded and led by veteran Jake Clark, it uses equine therapy, transcendental meditation, and physically and emotionally demanding trust exercises to help vets.

The special is produced by O'Brien's Starfish Media Group and will be shown on CNN starting tonight, Tuesday, August 12 at 9 p.m. ET.

Source: http://www.thewrap.com/soledad-obriens-new-cnn-special-follows-veterans-with-ptsd-exclusive