2018-04-23

Mysteries and Scandals Episodes Online



Episodes of the Mysteries and Scandals series hosted by Soledad O'Brien is available for online viewing now through your TV provider at the Oxygen network website.




2018-04-19

Soledad O'Brien Named to Power of Women New York Impact List


Every year, Variety honors women across all aspects of the entertainment industry who are making an impact. This year, Soledad O'Brien, host of Matter of Fact, was one of the women named to their Power of Women New York Impact List.

“I think the strength in being straight-talking lies in that it’s actually wrapped up in fact. In order to have a future, you can’t wait around for other people to decide what it will be,” says O’Brien. 

This busy Emmy Award-winning journalist and CEO of her production company, Starfish, also hosts Hearst Television’s weekly news show Matter of Fact and Oxygen’s Mysteries & Scandals and led the panel for Fox’s buzzy “OJ Simpson: The Lost Confession?” in March. 

O’Brien also works at her PowHERful Foundation to mentor young girls.

2018-04-02

Soledad O'Brien on the #MeToo Movement


The #MeToo movement began in October 2017 by Tarana Burke on Twitter. This hashtag has been shared by many women sharing their stories of sexual harassment. As a leading person in media as n=both a journalist and CEO, Soledad O'Brien has also been involved.

On March 20, Soledad O'Brien spoke at Kean University in New Jersey about the #MeToo movement as part of Kean's Distinguished Lecture Series.

O'Brien's experiences go well beyond the reporting she is best known for by viewers. Besides her work as a journalist, she has become a producer and philanthropist.

Currently, she hosts the political show Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien, the crime series Mysteries & Scandals on the channel Oxygen and the CNN documentary series In America.

She is also the co-founder of the PowHerful foundation, which is dedicated to providing financial assistance, opportunities and mentors to young women attending college.

O'Brien began her TV news career in 1987 before graduating from Harvard at WBZ-TV in Boston. She recounted how she was groped by a drunk man at the bar she was interviewing in, causing her to freeze and fumble through her first TV appearance. When she had talked to her boss about it, he had insinuated that it was her fault for placing herself in close proximity to a drunken man. Since then, she is forced to always consider how she is standing, what she is wearing, how close people are to her and what she may be unintentionally inviting. This is a reality many women are faced with.

O'Brien pondered over the importance of #MeToo in the advancement of women's empowerment and the conversation about sexual harassment. She explained how this movement is almost like a "court civil rights struggle."

O'Brien notes the need for women and men to come together in order to eradicate the problem. Shared dialogue is necessary in order to create what could become the new moral code and cultural customs for everyone in the workplace.

O'Brien then presented advice from Gretchen Carlson, a TV commentator, author and chairwoman of the Miss America Board of Directors on what women could do now about sexual harassment. Carlson shares that women must document their experiences, find out what the tape recording laws of one party consent is in their state, seek out help from an attorney to start the process, tell trusted colleagues to get support and encourage men to help women with their allegations.

O'Brien clarifies that while this was great advice, it is not a solution. O'Brien concluded her lecture, emphasizing the need for this conversation to be continued in order to figure out the complicated issue and asked "What is the thing you can do? Because it's going to come to your door at some point. It just will."

Source: http://www.cougarsbyte.com/article/2018/03/metoo  by Abigail Anne Rafael

2018-02-06

Is Social Media Good for Democracy?




Soledad O'Brien uses social media every day. It has become essential to the fields of news and journalism, both as a way to gather information and also as a way to publish information. She has examined how social media is impacting democracy on her program Matter of Fact.  

For example, Facebook has had to look at its impact it has on the democratic process after receiving much criticism for content on the platform during the Clinton/Trump campaigns. Facebook actually said it could no longer guarantee that social media is beneficial to democracy. That is a surprising admission.

One critique of social media is the ability to create echo chambers -- online spaces that only surround users with like-minded people and ideas.

There’s another phenomenon at work: “group polarization” which says that when you are in an echo chamber, you can become more extreme and intolerant.

Harvard professor Cass Sunstein studies this effect in his new book Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media. He talked with O’Brien to discuss the pros and cons of social media and why the ability to filter out opposing views is a threat to our democracy.

2018-01-22

Journalist To CEO: Soledad O'Brien

Soledad O'Brien handles many roles and responsibilities – CEO, wife, caregiver, mother of four children and the roles she is probably best known for - journalist. Lauren Wesley Wilson interviewed O'Brien for Forbes about her transition from journalist to CEO of her multi-platform media production and distribution company, Starfish Media Group.

Here are a few excerpts:

I start each morning attending a yoga class... I follow up Yoga with a 30-minute treadmill workout. I try to get my workout routine all done before 8:30 am.

Most recently I’ve taken on the role of Caregiver for my aging parents. My dad is sick and I’ve spent recent mornings having breakfast and attending to him.

I also run the PowHERful Foundation, focused on getting women of color from low income backgrounds the financial resources and training necessary to attend and graduate college. We just sent 4,000 girls to a series of PowHERful conferences across the country (seven conferences in seven cities). One of our graduates just got her PhD in nursing, which I’m really proud of.

Women, particularly women of color, need to leverage their network. Who will be your accountant? Lawyer? Your IT person? You want to get these items set up before you jump into running your company because it will be hard to balance the work while looking for the items that keep your business structured. Network in advance of your leap. ColorComm Network is a good example of teaching this.

There are so many people who are willing to be helpful in developing your career. When I was younger I was more afraid to ask for guidance. I would encourage young people to speak up and ask for help when you need it.

In my personal life I would tell my 30-year-old self to not stress over the stuff that worry won’t fix. Sometimes you just have to let things work themselves out. And most importantly, I would tell my younger self to stop stressing.

Horseback riding. It’s one of the very few times through my day where I have to be disconnected from my day-to-day tasks and solely focus on riding.

Wesley Wilson: How do you conclude each day?
O’Brien: With a big glass of red wine.