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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Soledad O’Brien Hosts Empowerment Conference for Young Women

When Soledad O’Brien was in college, she had a mentor who helped guide her toward success , and also influenced her subsequent decision to provide similar support for other young women.

“I had one phenomenal mentor while I was in college who taught me the tools of my trade, inspired me to want to be a journalist and most importantly gave me the confidence to navigate a tough profession,” O’Brien said. “It transformed me and leads me to believe that this kind of support for young women is vital in helping them achieve their goals.”

O’Brien and her husband, Brad Raymond, founded in 2011 what is now called the PowHERful Foundation with a primary mission to get young minority women from low-income families to and through college by providing financial assistance, mentorship and other support.

The foundation holds PowHERful Enrichment Conferences across the country, the most recent being in Jacksonville, Florida “to create an opportunity for girls across the country who have limited means to get all the resources they need to get through college and into the workforce... all the things that parents and professionals might offer a young woman of greater means.”

The Jacksonville event is is one of seven announced for 2017. The next one is May 13 in Atlanta.

To donate, apply for a scholarship or get more information about the PowHERful Foundation, contact the foundation at 134 W. 26th St., Suite 1150, New York, NY 10001 or go to