Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Soledad O'Brien started her Starfish Media Group as a way to control the kinds of projects she could work on as a journalist.

She was inspired by an Evangelical story:
Countless starfish have washed ashore on a beach and are dying off. A little boy is picking them up and tossing them back into the ocean in the hope they’ll survive. A man walks by and asks him why he’s doing something so futile.
“There are hundreds,” he points out. “What difference will it make?”
The boy picks up another starfish, throws it into the sea and says: “It will make a difference to that one.”
And so she created the Soledad O'Brien and Brad Raymond Starfish Foundation with her husband in 2011 in order to provide funds and resources for student scholars with the idea that helping one young woman can cause a ripple effect throughout her family, friends, and community - transform lives, one girl at a time.

Then, her PowHERful Foundation Summit Series began in 2012 in New York City as an annual, free daylong conference for high school- and college-aged young women focusing on educational, professional, and personal development.

In 2017, the Starfish Foundation became the PowHERful Foundation to better reflect the empowerment message they want to provide young women all across the country opportunities.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Myth of a Work/Life Balance

Pioneers is an original video series from The Huffington Post that goes inside the lives of ten people who have made it their mission to redefine what success means to them. At the top of their respective fields, from business and technology to entertainment and pro sports, they’re leading the way to a less stressful, more fulfilling life — and inviting us to join them.

In the second episode, Soledad O'Brien talks about her work/life philosophy and how she moved from being an award-winning journalist into also starting her own company, and the meaning of quality time and why she doesn't believe in work/life balance.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

'Matter of Fact' is a Busy Second Season

Hearst Television and journalist and producer Soledad O’Brien are in their second season together with their political magazine program, Matter of Fact. The syndicated show is very much a dialogue with decision makers from community leaders to heads of state who are shaping the new American political landscape.

Matter of Fact is connecting with viewers of all generations with its thoughtful, in-depth, probing and conversational discourse of the issues important to a cross-section of Americans,” said Emerson Coleman, vice president, programming, at Hearst Television.  “The show has blazed a trail with a distinctive format offering a successful blend of high-profile political guests and fresh faces from the worlds of academia, community service, journalism, science and other fields.”

“Soledad is one of the most recognizable and accomplished journalists in television today,” said Jordan Wertlieb, Hearst Television’s president.  “Her breadth of experience in global, political and investigative journalism will be invaluable as we expand the program’s reach.”

Connect with the show on Twitter via
@matteroffacttv and #MatterofFactInstagram, and

Friday, September 22, 2017

Who Shot Biggie & Tupac? Airs Sunday

The story of Tupac Shakur's mysterious death was covered in Snapped: Notorious, a documentary that aired September 10. On Sunday, September 24 a Tupac documentary on FOX hosted by Ice-T and Soledad O'Brien, Who Shot Biggie & Tupac?, will also detail the circumstances of these events.

The rappers were gunned down within months of each other in the late 1990s. Shakur was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas on Sept. 13, 1996. Biggie, born Christopher George Latore Wallace, was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997.

20 years since the second murder and no one has been held accountable.

There have been rumors of police corruption, gang connections and a East vs. West rap rivalry, but both murders remain officially unsolved.

The special will reveal new details of the investigation. It includes interviews with former private investigators, police officers, informants and hip-hop insiders. There is an on-camera reunion between Lil’ Cease and E.D.I. Mean, who will talk about the friendship between the two rappers. An exclusive, never-before-released audio recording of Biggie talking about the shooting of Tupac will be revealed.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Power of Showing Up

Soledad O'Brien speaks with the ballet dancer Misty Copeland
Soledad O’Brien compares mentorship to a good gym habit—it’s not just about working out today, but every day for years.

For The Atlantic’s series, “On the Shoulders of Giants,” O’Brien talked about the kind of guidance she sought out for her new endeavor, as well as her work with the PowHERful Foundation, an organization she founded that mentors and financially supports young women seeking to earn a college degree.

The conversation is excerpted at

Monday, September 18, 2017

Empowering Change in Mobile, Alabama

In Mobile, Alabama,  the Empowering Change initiative is a movement to create a community in which all persons are welcomed, included, valued, respected and empowered to thrive and succeed.

One of their efforts will occur on September 25 with a sold-out event event moderated by Soledad O’Brien. O’Brien is an award winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor, producer and philanthropist and the new host of Sunday morning syndicated political show, Matter of Fact. A free dinner and discussion will give the community a chance to ask questions about this transforming initiative.

According to the mission statement, the idea of this initiative is to bring the community together in service so that we may begin to see each other as equals. The inclusive opportunities for community service are in hopes of achieving this. By serving together, the founders of the initiative hope that this will aid in living together as well.

To find out more about this initiative or to sign up for community interaction events, visit