Soledad O’Brien is the anchor for CNN morning show Starting Point and a
special correspondent for CNN/U.S. Since joining the network in 2003,
O’Brien has reported breaking news from around the globe and has
produced award-winning documentaries on the most important stories facing the world today. Here, she talks about her upcoming Black in America special “Who Is
Black in America?” which is set to premiere this weekend.
Back in September, we reported on an upcoming Ruby Dee documentary called
Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee. Directed by Dee’s grandson Muta Ali
Muhammad, the film chronicles the life and love story of Ruby Dee &
Ossie Davis. Well, a portion of it was shown at a special screening last
week at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City.
For the first time in American history, three Black swimmers joined the Olympic Team when it traveled to London this past summer. Lia Neal placed
fourth in the Olympic trials, becoming the second African American woman
to join the United States swim team, and Sabir Muhammad was the first Black swimmer to set an American record. What makes their achievements remarkable is that they shattered the myth that African Americans cannot swim.
Many stars are more than just pretty faces. A-listers must market
themselves, network and have talent just like anyone else in the
professional world. The difference is that celebrities are not just
selling a brand; they are the brand. Many well-known Black entertainers
realized their skills could be used in other avenues.