Friday, April 29, 2016

Soledad O’Brien At Disrupt NY 2016

Broadcast journalist and media production startup founder Soledad O’Brien will be on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC (May 9-11)  to talk about what it takes to run a media startup in this current digitally-driven environment and how she picks which subjects to focus on.

O’Brien is a powerhouse of a TV personality and has built a solid career over the last 25+ years as a television anchor, producer and correspondent for CNN, HBO, MSNBC, Al Jazeera America and many other prestigious outlets.

On top of that, she has developed a growing roster of news networks through Starfish Media Group, her startup production company focusing on character-driven documentary style storytelling such as the series “Black in America.”  O’Brien founded Starfish Media Group in 2013 after leaving her post as the anchor of CNN’s morning news program Starting Point.

The Emmy award-winning anchor turned media mogul brings a rich background to storytelling as the daughter of Afro-Cuban and Australian immigrant parents and seeks out the untold and complex stories of diversity and social strife in America.

She also runs the Starfish Foundation, a non-profit supporting the college education and mentorship of young women from disadvantaged environments.

O’Brien joins Disrupt NY 2016 speakers, actor and co-founder of The List B.J. Novak, The Honest Company’s Jessica Alba, and Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley.

Tickets are available at


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Batman, Superman and Soledad

Did you catch Soledad O'Brien as Soledad O'Brien in the new Batman v Superman movie?

Soledad, Anderson Cooper and other journalists show up as part of the media coverage of the epic battle in the current big box-office film.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Soledad O’Brien Took Part in Historic Cuba Trip With President Obama


Soledad O’Brien first visited Cuba in 1998, when she covered Pope John Paul II’s historic trip there for NBC News.

She has returned to the island many times since, but usually as journalist. Now, she is returning this time to moderate separate panels with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on their historic first visit.

The White House asked Soledad, whose mother's roots are in Cuba, to moderate two events. On Monday, the First Lady met with Cuban teenage girls, some of whom have studied in the United States.

Later in the day, O’Brien moderated a panel with President Obama and entrepreneurs, in which Americans who have started their own business will share advice to their Cuban counterparts.

Soledad travels to Cuba every two years to visit family. Her mother grew up in poverty and left Cuba in the 1950s, before Fidel Castro came to power. Her mother finally got to return with O’Brien on a trip to Cuba about 10 years ago.

This trip, she is bringing her 15-year-old and 14-year-old daughters and 11-year-old twin boys. It is the first time they will be able to meet their relatives and get a sense of what life is like for Cuban teenagers.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

O'Brien Keynotes Women's History Month Celebration in NJ

Six New Jersey women were honored this month on the campus of Montclair State University as part of U.S. Senator Robert Menendez's sixth annual Women's History Month celebration.

Soledad O'Brien was the keynote speaker for the event.

O'Brien spoke of the influence her mother had on her life as she delivered an inspiring and sometimes comedic message to the honorees and audience. She said, "She made clear that people will be willing to tell you all that you can't do, should do or never be able to do, but actually, it's up to you. She was right."

O'Brien said that her mother taught her to have courage and to be brave. O'Brien said that she and her five siblings were all raised to be successful. "If she taught me anything, it was to be a fighter, especially for opportunities for others."

This ceremony honored six women who have made significant contributions to the Garden State and our country in law, health care, education, community and environmental advocacy. The awardees are:

Paulette Brown; President, American Bar Association
Kyung Hee Choi; VP Asian Health Services, Holy Name Medical Center
Chelsea Collins; NJEA Teacher of the Year, Woodstown Middle School
Michellene Davis; Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Barnabas Health
Siomara Sanchez; President, National Association of Cuban-American Women
Cindy Zipf; Executive Director, Clean Ocean Action

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The War Comes Home

Fathom Events and Starfish Media Group have partnered to present “The War Comes Home", a documentary film about two veterans of the Iraq war who are struggling with Post Traumatic Stress.

Cameras follow the veterans as they attend Save A Warrior, a five-day boot camp that uses transcendental meditation and other therapies to help them overcome their PTS.

The theatrical version of the film will include one-on-one interviews with celebrity advocates including Peter Berg & JR Martinez. It will also include a pre-taped panel discussion with experts on veterans' affairs, community leaders, and one of the veterans featured in the film. The discussion will be moderated by Soledad O'Brien and will be in theaters on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016, for one night only.

This event is not only a documentary, but a call to action on how we can help and support our veterans. The screening of the film and accompanying discussion is a rare opportunity to have veterans’ issues take center stage, a chance for a thoughtful debate on policy issues, and an up-close personal exploration of the veterans’ experience as they return from war.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Soledad hanging out with Stevie Wonder after a concert for