Friday, January 29, 2016

Soledad O'Brien on #OscarsSoWhite: Why Did It Take So Long to Have This Discussion?

OSCARS statuettes

Soledad O'Brien wrote an essay on the website about the recent situation concerning the 2016 Oscar nominations and the lack of diversity.

"It's critical to think about whose voice is being heard — and whose voice is never heard," says the award-winning journalist and documentarian.

In my experience, diversity doesn't just "happen." It has to be very intentional. People have to have a genuine desire to make a change.

It's hard to tell what's going to happen this time around. There are some bright signs, including the fledgling efforts of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. And, most importantly, there is an active, honest conversation going on.

It began with black artists — and lots of people of color — who said “enough.” And that's certainly why AMPAS announced that it will attempt to increase the diversity of Oscar judges, along with changing the rules of how and when they are qualified to vote. But the dialogue has now spread to other people, organizations, others who feel the sting of discrimination, and opponents...

I'm hoping that's what Hollywood is about to do, now that a bit of pressure has made them aware of how frustrating the problem is and how widespread. All it will take is giving people a chance to prove they can excel — and a conversation that allows people to discuss why it's worth it.                                             Read the full article

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Soledad O'Brien on Reddit

Soledad O’Brien is an award-winning broadcast journalist, producer, and philanthropist. Over the years, Soledad has ignited lively discussions across Reddit — especially in the Politics community — earning a reputation for speaking openly with guests and asking tough questions.

For her second AMA, Soledad shared journalism tips, how to deal with patronizing guests, favorite travel destinations, and her most powerful interview.

Read the entire AMA at:

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Finding Your Roots: Soledad O'Brien

Soledad O’Brien is featured in Season 3, Episode 2: The Irish Factor of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. It will air Tuesday, January 12 at 8PM EST (check local listings)

The series is an excellent one for educators to use in the classroom - check out the resources at

Friday, December 4, 2015

Pharrell Williams and Soledad O'Brien Shining a Light in Charleston

O'Brien and Williams at an event in 2011
"Shining A Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America" brought Pharrell Williams to Charleston, South Carolina in late November to help further race relations. Award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien joined Pharrell as they visited the Mother Emanuel AME Church and the Grammy winner performed his newest single "Freedom" with members of the congregation affected by the shooting tragedy in June.

"I was very interested in working with Pharrell," said Soledad. "We’ve been friends for a while, and we’ve had lots of deep and thoughtful discussions about race in America. To know that the Mother Emmanuel AME Church would allow us to come in and talk bluntly about the aftermath of the horrible massacre and dig deeply into difficult conversations about race in Charleston was an amazing opportunity."


For more on "Shining A Light" and how fans can get involved with the discussion, visit the event's website. For more on Pharrell Williams, visit his artist page at AXS.