|O'Brien and Williams at an event in 2011|
"I was very interested in working with Pharrell," said Soledad. "We’ve been friends for a while, and we’ve had lots of deep and thoughtful discussions about race in America. To know that the Mother Emmanuel AME Church would allow us to come in and talk bluntly about the aftermath of the horrible massacre and dig deeply into difficult conversations about race in Charleston was an amazing opportunity."
For more on "Shining A Light" and how fans can get involved with the discussion, visit the event's website. For more on Pharrell Williams, visit his artist page at AXS.