Thursday, August 17, 2017

Soledad O'Brien, Equestrian, Speaks on Thoroughbred Aftercare

August issue of 'Heels Down' magazine "Soledad O’Brien, From the Newsroom to the Tack Room"

Equestricon, the first and only fan festival to celebrate the sport of horse racing, was held in Saratoga Springs, NY August 13-15. Soledad O'Brien spoke about thoroughbred rescue and aftercare.

Her keynote address on the second day of the three-day festival at the Saratoga Springs City Center was about what the industry calls "aftercare" or a thoroughbred's life after its usefulness on the track is spent.

"It's not something that people in racing like to talk about," said O'Brien who owns two retired race horses. "But if the horses aren't rescued after they're off the track, they are slaughtered."

Soledad on Aspen

her own rescues, thoroughbreds 9-year-old Joey and 11-year-old Dezi, were retrained as jumpers for her teen daughters who regularly ride.

with rescue racehorse Joey
"Horse rescue is exactly what is not talked about," say Soledad. "Let's discuss it and talk about the real challenges and the real solutions. You don't need to be a professional. You just have to love horses. It's a really wonderful thing."

Monday, July 17, 2017

Remembering Loved Ones Who Have Passed

Allison Gilbert is the author of several books, including Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive and she spoke with Soledad O'Brien for the Huffington Post about why remembering loved ones is so important.

Soledad told about one memento that reminds her of her Cuban grandparents:

I have this great photo of my grandparents in the 1940’s at a famous hotel in Cuba called La Floridita. My grandfather used to tell people that he helped create La Floridita. It has always been one of my favorite pictures. I keep it in a small album in my room.
My life’s work has been to share real stories with real people. Naturally when it comes to loved ones I have lost, my favorite way to remember them is to share stories about them. 
Everyone deals with loss differently, but it is a part of life. It’s something we all have to deal with at some point or another. I have not let loss derail my positive energy, but rather, I try to keep my chin up and think of all of the wonderful memories we shared. The lessons I learned from them, and what that person brought into my life, are all far more valuable to me than the sadness I feel because they’re gone.

Soledad's mother and grandmother in Cuba, 1944

Friday, July 14, 2017

Soledad and Kit Harington

Kit Harington is best known as Jon Snow on Game of Thrones which launches its season 7 on HBO Sunday, July 16 .

Harington's satirical 2015 HBO film, 7 Days in Hell, cast him as an intense tennis prodigy who also happens to be a moron. In this clip, his character explains his strategy for an upcoming tennis match to Soledad O'Brien.

Kit as Charles Poole on Real Sports with Soledad O'Brien on HBO

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Soledad O'Brien to Host Series on Oxygen Network

Soledad O’Brien is getting some Oxygen, as in the TV network, which announced it was pivoting to the popular true crime genre, and is adding Soledad as a host.

O'Brien will host their new true crime series titled Mysteries and Scandals  which is being described by the cable network as an investigation of “Hollywood’s most intriguing criminals, murders and cases of corruption, exploring infamous headlines that captured the nation’s attention using archival footage, new interviews and stylized depictions of past events.”

Oxygen was a channel previously known for for its cross-section of cable programming with broad appeal toward adult women. Apparently, adult women watch true crime, as might be evidenced by the popularity of the popular podcasts Serial  and My Favorite Murder, and the Netflix series Making a Murderer and The Keepers.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

At National College Signing Day

Hall, O'Brien and Roberts

May 5 was the fourth annual National College Signing Day. Former First Lady Michelle Obama attended an NYC celebration of an event that she started in 2014 as a part of Reach Higher and Better Make Room initiatives.

“We gotta celebrate students going to college bigger than we celebrate the Final Four or the Super Bowl,” Obama said. “This is important. The number of acceptance letters you get should be more important than the number of followers you have on social media.”

The Master of Ceremonies was current Howard University student Nick Cannon and celebrities, professional athletes and inspirational influencers joined in the celebration. Robin Roberts, Soledad O’Brien, Tamron Hall, Bella Hadid, Andy Cohen, Billy Eichner, Questlove, Donna Karan, Jidenna, Andra Day and others were among the famous faces who offered the crowd of students congratulations and advice.

O"Brien, who did graduate from Harvard, but probably didn't play rugby