Soledad O'Brien at Black Star News Awards

This year Rep. Maxine Waters, Rev. Al Sharpton, and CNN’s Soledad O’Brien headed a list of honorees and speakers at the Black Star News’ 2009 Annual Awards Dinner in New York, on November 20, 2009.

Past BSN honorees have included Bill and Camille Cosby, for their philanthropy and very generous support of education.

Soledad O’Brien, CNN anchor and host of the celebrated series “Black In America,” and “Latino in America,” will be featured speakers.
The theme for this year’s dinner is “Education, As the Key to Empowerment.”

"I am honored to accept this year's award for groundbreaking journalism,” Soledad O’Brien said. “I consider myself lucky to be able to do what I do - to shed light on those stories that need to be told. We received such extraordinary feedback after Black in America I, it was clear viewers had a great interest in the subject matter and that we needed a part II.
Reporting for the Black in America series was an extremely rewarding experience for me personally. By highlighting issues throughout the black community and featuring successful community leaders who are improving the lives of African-Americans, I see the series as a starting point to generate dialogue about issues of race in this country that could lead to real change."

The Black Star News is a weekly newspaper, also found online at www.blackstarnews.com with a focus on news impacting general readership with emphasis on underserved communities, African Americans, as well as immigrants from the Caribbean and Africa.

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